where urban Norway meets the mountains
Hjartdal is a sparsely populated district consisting of mountains and farms.
Tourism and holiday homes are the growth industries, but you will also find plenty of picturesque locations with sun-bleached houses from the Middle Ages amid the distinctive agricultural landscape.The district comprises three communities: Hjartdal, Sauland and Tuddal.
Hjartdal, the westernmost community, has a beautiful landscape dominated by small-scale agriculture, old buildings, stone walls, valuable cultural heritage and old highways. Nominated for Unescos cultural landscape prize in 2003, it is the ideal place to let your mind, taste buds, body and soul experience local culture and traditions.
Sauland, the districts administrative centre, has a bank, post office, filling station, police station and health centre. Omnesfossen water-fall, on Hwy E134, is one of natures master-pieces. Nearby are Heddal Mølle, an old mill building, and a great swimming spot with natural water slides in the rock.
From Sauland, you can reach Tuddal via the Gaustatoppen mountain road (highest point 1,260 metres above sea level). Tuddal is the community where most of the new holiday homes are located. Other attractions include a museum, farm holidays, Tuddal Høyfjells-hotell (a century-old mountain lodge), two campsites, an inn, outdoor pursuits and fishing. From Tuddal, you can reach Bondal with its well-preserved agricultural landscape and farm museum.
From the café and car park on the mountain road at Stavsro (in the direction of Rjukan) you can hike to the summit of Gaustatoppen (1,883 m). On a clear day, you can see one sixth of Norway.
Information Hjartdal tourist information centre: Tel. +47 35 02 48 68 Tuddal Bygdetun museum: +47 915 85 526 www.hjartdal.kommune.no