This article deals with both the municipality and the island of Frøya. For other meanings of the name, see Frøya. Frøya (from Old Norse Frøy where the meaning is «the foremost island». A person from Frøya is called frøyværing) is a municipality in Trøndelag and is located west of the inlet to Trondheimsfjorden and north of the island and the municipality Hitra. The municipality borders Smøla in the west, Hitra in the south, and Ørland, Åfjord and Osen in the east. Frøya consists of the island Frøya, several fishing villages of varying sizes in the northwest, such as the inhabited Sula, Bogøyvær and Mausundvær, as well as the displaced Kya, Vågsvær and Humlingsværet, as well as the archipelago (archipelago) Froan in the northeast. The island of Frøya borders the Frohavet in the east, the Norwegian Sea in the northwest, the Frøy Sea in the northeast, the Frøyfjord in the south.
The landscape on Frøya is characterized by little forest, hilly landscape with a lot of bog, mountains and water. Significant amounts of softwood have been planted in several places. Frøya is relatively flat, where the highest peak is Besselvassheia (76 masl).
Frøya municipality is enormous in extent if one considers the enormous sea areas within the municipal boundaries. If one only counts land areas, the island of Frøya is 147 km², while the municipality is 244 km². The municipality consists of a total of around 5,400 islets and reefs, and has 163 fishing lakes and ponds, most of them with fishable stocks of trout. Part of the large deer herd on Hitra has emigrated to Frøya. It has established itself as a small but viable tribe that is now being hunted for, albeit on a more modest scale than in the neighboring municipality.
The sole reef off Frøya is one of the world's largest deposits of cold-water coral reefs.
Froan has the largest contiguous sea area that is protected as a nature reserve in Norway. The Froan nature reserve and landscape conservation area was established in 1979 and comprises 400 km² from Vingleia lighthouse in the southwest to Halten in the northeast. In addition, there is an 80 km² area southeast of the nature reserve protected as a landscape conservation area. The area has a rich bird life with a low number of nesting species, around 50, but with a huge number of each species. With a couple of thousand nesting cormorants, Froan houses 10 percent of the population in Norway, and with a few small exceptions, the area is the southernmost area for this species' nesting area. The area is also the core area for the seal species. There are restrictions on free movement on land at certain times of the year.
Froan landscape conservation area, established in 1979
Froan nature reserve, established in 1979
Froan Wildlife Conservation, established in 1979
Stormyra, Inntian nature reserve, established in 1990
Vassholmen nature reserve, established in 2005
Settlements on Frøya
The town of Sistranda is located east of the main island and is the municipal center area with public offices, schools and a varied offer within the trade and service industries. The majority of the population lives along the southeast coast on the main island, particularly concentrated on the stretch from Flatval in the south, further east to Hammarvika and Sistranda and north to Nesset. Otherwise, the settlement is close to the sea. Several of the fishing villages around the main island are depopulated, such as Vågsvær, Halten and Inntian, while others have a very small population such as Bogøy, Sauøy and Gjæsingen, while the largest island communities Sula, Mausund and Sørburøy have a larger population. The island of Uttian, located east of fixed Frøya, was connected to the main island in 1973, which helped to stop the evacuation. The same applied to the road connection to Norddyrøya and Sørdyrøya.
The main island Frøya became landlocked when the Frøya tunnel was opened in 2000 as part of the mainland connection Hitra – Frøya
Municipal coat of arms
Frøya municipality's coat of arms was adopted by the municipal council on 18 December 1986 and 13 March the following year by the King in Council. An open idea competition announced in February 1986 provided the motive. "Beinkroker", made by S. Hogstad from Kolsås, won. The weapon was designed by associate professor Einar H. Skjervold from Trondh