Galleri Hagalid at Hagalid mountain farm is an art gallery in two old carefully restored houses with exhibition and sale of Norwegian art and crafts. The art items are made by professional artists mainly from the fjord region.
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.
Hiking? 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, hostel and hotel are situated in Hjelmelandsvågen, where you also find space for motorhome close to the fjord.
Café (self service): We have allways focused on homemade slowfood based on local products. The 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. Homemade soups with fresh baked bread and homemade traditional Norwegian flatbread in weekends (Sat + Sun) in the exhibition periods. Lunch or dinner, eat as much as you want. Ask for the menu!
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.
Groups (from 8 pax) are welcome other days by booking in advance (at least 2 days before). We recommend groups allways to book meals in advance. 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?
- Summer art exhibition & café from June 15th to August 25th. 2-4 days open/week 11am – 5pm.
- Autumn Exhibition & café: four weekends (Sat + Sun) 5th – 27th 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 22nd – 24th of November: art, handicraft, cafe. Find your Norwegian Christmas gifts!
Brochure 2019 with some information in English
More information and pictures from each exhibition on Facebook and Instagram
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 aprox. 1835. The timber house was moved in Desember 2013 and carefully restored. In Sofiehuset you will find pictures and sculptures and some silver jewelry from professional Norwegian artists. The small cafe (self service) is situated here. Homemade soup caserole every Saturday & Sunday in the opening periods. Some weekends also the Norwegian traditional sour cream porridge with salted meat and 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 and the art items of today.
Hagalid is an old mountain farm in the beautiful fjord region Ryfylke. Todat 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 in the beautiful culture landscape and old houses of the Hagalid farm? The stroll lasts for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, easy walk. 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.
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, 2-3 h, family friendly, wet. Season: Allmost whole year but depending 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.
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.
To get here:
Follow National Scenic Road Ryfylke (Road 13) from the Lysefjord, or from Tau (ferry between Tau and Stavanger). 45 minutes drive from Tau to Hjelmeland, approx. 1 hour from Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) car parking.
30th Desember 2019 the Ryfast subsea tunnel will open for cars between Stavanger and Solbakk near Tau. The ferry will then close down.
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: +47 404 39 003.
Mobile camp near the fjord near the municipality offices.