Galleri Hagalid at Hagalid mountain farm is an art gallery in two old carefully restored houses with exhibition and sale of modern contemporary Norwegian art and crafts. The art items are made by professional artists mainly from the fjord region. The gallery also offers meals.
Perfect location for hikers and travellers exploring Norway
The old farm is situated 300 m above sea level of Jøsenfjorden, Hjelmeland municipality in the fjord region of Ryfylke (picture above). The spectacular farm road up ( 5 km) was compleeted in 1960, the year the farm also got electricity. The farm has production of sheep, Christmas trees and foresting.
Need som rest after hiking in Norway? 10 minutes drive up from Hjelmelandsvågen and National Scenic Route Ryfylke (Road 13) the gallery and café is a perfect place to stop on the trip between Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) by the Lysefjord south in the Ryfylke region and Trolltunga north in the Hardanger region.
We can recommend a round trip by car in Ryfylke: Visit famous Almannajuvet at National Scenic Route Ryfylke (Fv 520) near Sauda. See the wild fjord landscape of Jøsenfjorden with the Shoemakers peak (picture at right) and include a cultural lunch in old farm houses at Hagalid (from Almannajuvet: about 2 hours drive + 1 short ferry trip Nesvik – Hjelmeland).
Don’t forget to try the 5 – 6 hours hike to Skomakarnibbå (Shoemakers peak – see below) from Hagalid! Fabulous fjord view! Demanding.
There are also shorter and easier hikes and strolls around the farm, read more under on this page.
Important: Dogs must be kept in a leash of an adult from the parking and all the hike. Close gates.
There is no acommodation on the farm, and camping is forbidden on the parking area. Camping and hostel are situated in Hjelmelandsvågen, where you also find space for motorhome close to the fjord (by the municipality offices).
Nearest hotel: Høiland Gard, Årdal.
Café (self service): The art gallery offerst homemade meals during open days, based on Norwegian and local tradition with a twist and local products.
The small café is open all opening days in the exhibition periods with waffles and homemade jam, cakes, ice cream, coffee, tea, apple juice, local beer and wine. New in 2020: Smoothies!
Homemade soups with fresh baked bread and homemade traditional Norwegian flat bread in weekends (Sat + Sun) in the exhibition periods. Lunch or dinner, eat as much as you want. Ask for the menue!
We recomment to book a table in the peak season and weekends.
Dogs must stay outside.
Please take note that the gallery is not open all days, only during the exhibition periods every year (Spring, summer, autumn and one weekend in November). Look carefully for the opening hours during the exhibitions, or book a group for meals and experiences (min 8 pax).
Taste our local slow food based mainly on local products! Have your meal inside or outside in the garden with a beautiful view towards lake Hagalidvatnet and the fjords, islands and mountains.
Offers for groups – explore the genuine fjord farm traditions, the old restored wooden houses and the small ancient monuments
Groups (from 8 pax) are welcome other days all year round by booking in advance (at least 2 days before in summer). We recommend groups allways to book meals in advance, also in the cafe in summer. The cafe has only 22 seats inside the Sofie’s house.
Short guided historic stroll around the farm on request, easy walk. See the beautiful fjord landscape with Christmas tree production, the historic pasture land with sheep and foresting. Perhaps you will see the big moose or a fox in the forest?
Exhibition program and cafe 2020
Due to the corona virus situation in Norway, the plans for the season are changing.
The season was planned to start with Spring Exhibition & cafe from Saturday 28th March to 19th April. This is now cancelled
(Hours: 12 – 16 Sat + Sun. Easter week also Wed, Thurs, Fri. Artist: New painting and graphics by Ellen Kalvig, Suldalsosen, Jewelry sculptures by Felieke van der Leest, Øystese.)
New information will come in April.
The gallery may allways be visited by appointment made in advance.
Summer exhibition & cafe Saturday 13. June to Sunday 30. August: Hours: 11 am – 17 pm, Saturdays and Sundays + Thursday and Fridays in July to 14th August. Saturday 1. August: closed
Autumn Exhibition & café: four weekends (Sat + Sun) 26th September – 18th October, 12 – 5 pm.
- Selfservice cafe with homemade soup caserole and coffee/tea/waffles & cakes in the Sofiehouse or in the lovely garden. Local applejuice, beer & wine.
- Open gallery before Christmas 20th – 22th of November: art, handicraft, cafe. Find your Norwegian Christmas gifts!
Brochure 2020 with some information in English and list of all the artists this year.
New information and lots of new pictures from each exhibition on Facebook and Instagram
The history of Hagalid farm and the two gallery houses
The restored wooden Eldhuset (the smokehouse) is located right in the farm yard, here you will find beautiful Norwegian made items in blown glas and ceramics to buy.
Sofiehuset (Sofie’s house) is originally the main house of the farm, from approx. 1835. The timber house was moved some meters in Desember 2013 and carefully restored.
In Sofiehuset you will find pictures, sculptures, handicrafts and some silver jewelry, wood work, linen and wool from professional Norwegian artists. The small cafe (self service) is situated here. Homemade soup caserole every Saturday & Sunday in the opening periods. Some weekends we also serve the traditional Norwegian sour cream porridge with salted meat and homemade flat bread.
Some old furnitures and antiques from the farm, also makes the gallery a farm museum. The owner, Mrs. Hanne Sundbø, will gladly tell you stories from the early days of both houses, the people that lived here and the art items of today. All guests will be welcomed by an introduction about the gallery and the farm.
Hagalid is an old mountain farm in the beautiful fjord region Ryfylke. Today the farm have traditional productions of sheep, but also Christmas trees and foresting. The farm yard is situated 300 m above Jøsenfjorden in Hjelmeland, with a breathtaking view over fjords, islands and mountains of Ryfylke. The spectacular 5 km farm road was completed in 1960.
Short distance (10 minutes drive – 5 km) to National Scenic Route Ryfylke – Road 13 and the municipality center of Hjelmeland. The farm is a living farm for a family, not a museum.
Do you want a personal guided stroll (English) in the beautiful culture landscape and old houses of the Hagalid farm? The stroll lasts for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, easy walk, only small groups. Combine the stroll with at meal, special made for you.
For more information about the meals and guided tours, please contact Ms. Hanne Sundbø, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +47 982 19 973 – 51 75 06 83.
Local hikes, parking rules and fee
Skomakarnibbå (Shoemakers peak) and other walks around Hagalid:
Combine your trip on the spectacular road up with a hike to Skomakarnibbå peak (Shoemakers peak – marked path, map, 5 h, demanding, wet areas, steep hills) Season: April – October depending on snow conditions. Weather forecast (Øksnafjellet)
Låtveit, a former croft (marked path, 1-2 h, easy).
There is also a new short red marked path in the forest from the parking up to Heiavarden – 20 minute walk up to nice view towards the Ryfylke fjords and islands. You may also follow the new red marked path further on around the hill marked «Heiarunden» in the forest. Beautiful views, 2 h, family friendly, wet. Season: Allmost whole year but depends on snow condition.
It is also possible to walk down through the forest to Hjelmelandsvågen (municipality center).
For all hikes all year round: We recommend a stick and solid shoes for wet conditions.
The trails are crossing pasture land for sheep. Dogs must be kept on a leash by an responsibel adult. Close gates.
Main parking by sign 200 m before the farmyard. No parking near and in the farmyard. Short time parking only for guests to the gallery, disabled people have priority for parking in front of the Sofie house.
No camping or overnight stay on parking area or on the grasland for sheep nearby and around the farm yard.
Hikers to Skomakarnibbå have to pass cross the gras land and a gate approx. 500 m from the farmyard to put up a tent in the forest.
Parking fee for hikers, NOK 100,- (or Euro 10,-): cash in the green box, or cash or by card in the gallery on opening days.
For Norwegian citicens using payment on mobile phone: VIPPS to 588814
Guided hike to Shoemakers peak? Follow a profesional and skilled English speaking guide for your unforgettable private tour. The guide will pick you up by your hotel in Stavanger.
Fishing license for trout fishing in lake Hagalidvatnet. Boat for rental. Family friendly fishing.
How to get here? Hagalid farm and Hjelmeland municipality
From south: Follow National Scenic Road Ryfylke (Road 13) from the Lysefjord or from Solbakk after driving under the fjord from Stavanger by the Ryfast subsea tunnel. 50 minutes drive from Solbakk to Hjelmeland.
Approx. 1 hour from Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) car parking.
1 hour 20 minutes from the Lysefjord (Oanes ferry berth, privat ferry 2020)
30th Desember 2019 the Ryfylke subsea tunnel, the longest tunnel for cars in the world, opened between Stavanger and Solbakk near Tau. The ferry has closed down. A fee for cars will be introduced from April 2020.
There will still be a private car ferry crossing between Oanes and Lauvvik by the Lysefjord if you come from South.
From North: Follow Road 13 from Suldal/Sand/Røldal to Nesvik ferry berth.
Timetable ferry Hjelmeland – Nesvik – Skipavik (at Ombo island).
From Hjelmeland: Drive toward Vormedalen. 1,5 km after the roundabout, follow sign to Hagalid up left. Drive 5 km on the narrow and spectacular road. Best meeting places are at the bends, one must be prepared to reverse the car when meeting other vehicles.
Click to find us on Google Maps.
More information about what to do in Hjelmeland 2019 – 2020 (English and Norwegian): map 1 and map 2
Tourist information in the library of Hjelmeland municipality, Vågahuset, Hjelmelandsvågen.
Vågavegen 115, 4130 Hjelmeland (10 min drive down from the art gallery).
Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm (Thursdays a bit longer in summer)
Cell phone in summer: +47 404 39 003.
Mobile camp by the fjord close to the municipality offices. Fee.