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Hjelmeland in Norway Hjelmeland municipality coat of arms


1.092,0 km2

Hjelmeland Local Directory

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Hjelmeland municipality with about 2.900 inhabitants is the second largest municipality in Rogaland. It has an area of 1.092,0 km2. The centre of the municipality is the town of Hjelmelandsvågen. The name comes from the mountain called "Hjelmen" - the helmet. Hjelmeland is a very beautiful municipality, with deep fjords, mountains, archipelago, and good opportunities for outdoor activities, like fishing and mountain-trekking.

Fruit and berries have been cultivated for many years, while fish farming is a more recent venture. Salmon has been important for the fish industry in Hjelmeland for a couple of decades, but white fish such as cod and halibut has increased its value in the latter years. Several new firms have become established in new industrial areas, the largest of these is the roof tile factory on Mælsøyrane in Årdal.

The Vigatun, on the road between Hjelmeland and Fister, is a well-kept old farm complex. As it stands today it dates from 1821 but the oldest of the buildings, a smoke house, was built in the 1600s. A large part of Hjelmeland is hilly or mountainous. Much of the watershed in this area is exploited by the power stations of Ulla Førre and of Lyse Kraft.


Sand is quarried at several locations in the municipality, among them Årdal, Tøtlandsvik and Vadla. The manufacture of traditional "Jær stoler" - upright pine chairs with rush seats - and of baskets woven of strips of wooden shavings goes back to the beginning of this century.


One of the most unique Renaissance churches in western Norway is Årdal church, built during three periods in the 17th century and so called long-church style.


Skomakarnibbå (The Shoemaker's Crag) at 700 meters is a distinctive mountain south of the Jøsenfjord, that can be viewed in profile from the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke (Rv 13) between Vadla and Vindsvik. The mountain's name has its origins in an old saga. Hiking to Skomakarnibbå is a great place to walk to.


Jøsenfjorden is a branch off of the main Boknafjorden. The fjord has a length of 24 kilometres and a width between 1 to 2 kilometres. The Norwegian National Road 13 runs along the northern shore of the fjord. The innermost part of the fjord is where the river Førreåa empties into the fjord at small Førrebotn farm. The river Ulla empties into the fjord along the northern shoreline at the village of Jøsenfjorden and the river Vorma empties into the fjord along the southern shoreline of the fjord at the small farming village of Tøtlandsvik. The municipal centre of Hjelmelandsvågen lies at the southern side of the mouth of the fjord. Both sides of the fjord are steep and they rise almost vertically to heights of over 700 metresabove sea level.


"Nibbå", as it´s locally known, is a characteristic peak, and from the mountains here, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of fjords and sea. The trail to the top is well-marked.


Hjelmeland is a very beautiful municipality, with deep fjords, mountains, archipelago, and good opportunities for outdoor activities. Hjelmeland offers excellent fjord fishing, idyllic islands, roads that wind along the stunningly beautiful fjord – such as near Skomakarnibbå by the Jøsenfjord.