Hjelmen lies near the center of Hjelmeland in Ryfylke. Easy walk from Hjelmelandsvågen and onto the Hjelmen.
Hjelmeland Municipality, Ryfylke
If you're traveling by ferry from Nesvik to Hjelmeland, you can't miss noticing Hjelmen, which stands tall right above Hjelmelandsvågen. The distinctive peak has the shape of a helmet and has given its name to the municipality. If you have enough time, we recommend skipping a few ferries and taking a trip up to Hjelmen to gain a new perspective of Hjelmelandsvågen.
Hjelmen is located in the outskirts of the rectory and is a small natural gem. The trail to the top passes through pastures and juniper hills. A short detour into the oak forest on the east-facing slope towards Steinslandsvatnet is a wonderful experience. Here you'll find a "magical forest" of large oak trees, and the area is internationally known for its lichen populations. The highest point is at an elevation of 206 meters. However, the best views are along the edge due to the rich vegetation that obstructs the view. Here, you'll have a front-row seat to admire the entirety of Hjelmelandsvågen, the fjord, and the islands beyond. At the viewpoint, you'll find a statue called "Northern Winds" made of local Randøy stone, created by Santos Carvalho Escultor from Portugal. It is popularly known as "dama på Hjelmen" (the lady on Hjelmen). There are also tables and benches at the picnic area on the top.
Trail: Before reaching the actual trail, walk past the prayer house and through the residential area to the first information board. There is an asphalted slope leading up to the pasture. 1 hour, 2 km. Marked. An easy hike for the whole family.
Last updated: 09/11/2023
Source: Reisemål Ryfylke