Several artists in the 19th century – the golden age of Norwegian art, chose to live and work in this area. Among others, Theodor Kittelsen and Christian Skredsvig settled in Sigdal, where they also had some of their most productive years.
Th. Kittilsen is perhaps best known for his fairy tale drawings and evocative paintings of people and trolls, animals and landscapes. Beautifully situated by the lake Soneren in Sigdal he built his family home Lauvlia. Chr. Skredsvig’s home, Hagan in Eggedal, is one of the best-preserved Norwegian artists’ homes from this period. With all the bodywork he did over the years, the house became very personal and is in itself a journey of discovery.
With us you can experience the Villa Fridheim, one of Norway’s largest and best-preserved Swiss-style houses, built as a country house in 1892. On Bjørøya Island, in the middle of the Krøderfjorden, the villa appears as a Soria Moria castle with its 30 meter high tower. Villa Fridheim today contains, among other things, Norway’s only fairy tale museum.
The cultural-historical Sigdal Museum consists of 14 old timber buildings, including the Eikjebygningen from about 1750. At Eggedal mill you can experience the sawmill run as in the old days. This is one of the few turbines powered by hydropower remaining in Norway.
Jørgen Moe, best known for collecting and publishing Norwegian folk tales together with Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, also found a lot of inspiration in our area. Dear to us is the poem Den gamle Mester (“The Old Master”), about the large oak tree, which still stands on the parsonage’s field in Krødsherad, where he himself lived and worked as chaplain to Olberg Church and the other annex churches in Sigdal parish church in the 19th century.
Sigdal Aktiv will assist you with a program within the theme of art and culture in the Norefjell region, and deliver interesting and fun experiences tailored to your group.