Tourist information

Welcome to Hjelmeland!

Hjelmeland municipality is located in the magnificent region Ryfylke. It is known for its' fruit, berries, cider and fish production, together with the production of the traditional chair called Jærstol. At different farm outlets you can buy local products, including berries, fruits, vegetables, cheese, yoghurt, honey, eggs, apple juice, cider and even italian pizza ovens with flour and other pizza ingredients!

You must try the award-winning smoked salmon, apple juice and the new cider that won the Cider World Awards 2020.

The Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke (RV 13) runs through Hjelmeland. Here you can find scenic nature, with fjords, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, beaches, islands and culture landscape.

Hiking

Skomakarnibbå
Photo: Skomakarnibbå, Falke Omdal

There are a lot of different hiking options and the hike to Skomakernibbå gives a magnificent view 700 meters above Jøsenfjorden. A hike to Ritlandskrateret takes you to a meteorite crater formed 500-600 million years ago. There are different maps for hiking options for free at the tourist information.

The village of Hjelmeland

Hjelmeland

Hjelmeland is the largest village of Hjelmeland municipality and the administrative centre is found in Hjelmelandvågen. The municipality also includes villages like Fister, Årdal, Randøy, Vormedalen, Jøsneset and Jøsenfjorden. In the village of Hjelmeland you can find the town hall, a library, the local museum, the tourist information, a bank, a grocery store, a church, a school, sport facilities, a few shops and a doctor’s office, among others. The tourist information and the local museum is open during the summer months. The museum entrance is free.

The spinning mill

Spinneriet


By the river in the village of Hjelmeland you can also find Spinneriet (the spinning mill). It is an old industrial building with a versatile history. Nowadays it is used for cultural purposes after its renovation in the 90s.

The world's largest "Jærstol"

Jærstolen

The world’s largest traditional chair is also located by the river in the village of Hjelmeland. The chair was made in 1998, in connexion with the hundered years anniversary of production of these traditional chairs. The chair is 4.5 m tall. Nowadays there is only one producer of these chairs left in Hjelmeland, namely Aksel Hansson AS.

Festivals

Every year different festivals are held in Hjelmeland. Sankefestivalen is held in late June and Ryfest is held early September, and these are both located in the centre of Hjelmeland village, at Hjelmelandsvågen.

Sommarmarknad


During the summer there is also a summer market each Saturday from 1:00- 4:00 pm in Hjelmelandsvågen.

Fjord adventures

A ferry runs between Hjelmeland, Nesvik and Skipavik. Check the time table for your next fjord adventure! If you travel without a vehicle you travel for free.

Jøsenfjorden



Tourist information


Hjelmeland kart

The tourist information is located in Hjelmeland Library.

Adress

Vågavegen 115
4130 Hjelmeland

Phone +47 51 75 00 00

Opening hours

Monday - friday 10am - 3.30pm

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