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View towards Tautra
Tautra is located in Nord-Trøndelag
Location in Trøndelag
Location Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Coordinates 63°34′30″N 10°36′20″E / 63.5749°N 10.6055°E / 63.5749; 10.6055Coordinates: 63°34′30″N 10°36′20″E / 63.5749°N 10.6055°E / 63.5749; 10.6055
Area 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Length 3.5 km (2.17 mi)
Width 1 km (0.6 mi)
Highest elevation 26 m (85 ft)
County Nord-Trøndelag
Municipality Frosta
Population 50 (2001)
Pop. density 33 /km2 (85 /sq mi)[1]

Tautra is an island in the municipality of Frosta in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located in the Trondheimsfjord, just north of the city of Trondheim. The island is connected to the rest of Frosta by a 2.3-kilometre (1.4 mi) long causeway bridge.[1]

View towards Tautra. The causeway bridge to Frosta is seen to the left and Trondheim is in the left background.

The island is located almost in the middle of the Trondheimsfjord, in the heartland of the Vikings. The remains of the medieval Tuterø Abbey, a Cistercian monastery, that was established in 1207 and dissolved in the Protestant Reformation. The monastery was placed strategically, very close to the Frostating—the central law-making institution in this region of Norway. In that context, the cistercienser monks of Tautra monastery became a part of the nation-building in Norway. In 2003, Queen Sonja laid the cornerstone of Tautra Abbey, a new Cistercian nunnery on the island.

A large part of the island and its surrounding water is designated as protected under the Ramsar Convention due to the rich bird life in the area. Now, there are organized professional guided tours for bird watching as well as about the nature and history on Tautra.


  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Tautra" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-05-19. 

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