The Gem of the Trondheimsfjord! The island has a network of roads that is suited for various round-trip excursions.
Take the ferry from Levanger city centre to Ytterøy. The ferry trip takes about 30 minutes. You can eat your fill at the Café Rampa and buy some snacks at the general store on the dock. The Ytterøy Bygdetun (rural museum) is centrally located on the island, and is open during mid-summer. The island is about 13.5 km long and 4.3 km wide at its widest point. Its total area is about 28 square kilometres and features partially hilly terrain. The highest hilltop is Korshylla at 215 m.a.s.l.
At present there are around 50 farms in operation among which farming buildings, cultivated fields, grazing fields and forest areas form a mosaic that has major biological qualities as well as numerous cultural relics and sites that are persevered in their natural surroundings. The county plan for the preservation of cultural heritage in the county of Nord-Trøndelag has assigned Ytterøy high priority as one of the county’s most valuable cultural heritage areas. Ytterøya has one of Norway’s most dense roe deer populations, and the sale of hunting permits for roe deer is an important supplemental source of income for property owners. You can also visit a special workshop for roe deer skins where various high quality products are created by skilled hands.
Archaeological finds bear witness to the dawning of agricultural activity on Ytterøya some 5,000 years ago. The island also has a history as a mining community. Copper, iron pyrites and calcium were extracted from the island’s mines. Mining operations at Ytterøy copper works began around 1630, and there were between 5,000 and 6,000 working in the mines in 1870. Operations were shut down following the First World War.
At present the island has around 450 year-round residents, whereas the number of inhabitants increases considerably during the summer season due to the 160 cabin owners along with many visitors who wish to come to the “Pearl of Trondheim Fjord”, as the island is commonly called