Hemsedal has historically been a farming community, and multiple mountain farms are spread around the village. In the summer months, sheep, goats, cows and pigs graze the landscape, and every year produces new tasty local foods and delicacies. Here is an overview of places where you can get the authentic experience.
Located near Skogshorn Mountain you will find Ulsaakstoelen, an idyllic old mountain farm where old traditions and modern evolutions meet, displaying how farming in Hemsedal has changed over the past 100 years. Guests can meet and get close to many of the animals who live here; pigs, chickens, cows, goats and even the cute bunnies. If you are lucky, you might even get to say hi to the farm cat.
Ulsaakstoelen serve traditional local cuisine, such as the Norwegian roemmegroet, which is a porridge made with sour cream, the village favourite kvikaku, a local pancake dish, and Norwegian dinner dishes served every evening. Children can look forward to ice cream, and guest can purchase locally produced cheeses, lefse, eggs and other farm produce. There are opportunities to stay the night for those who are looking for accommodation, and there are plenty of great walking and hiking routes nearby. If you are an angler, you can rent a boat and buy a fishing card for Helsingvatn, the nearby lake.
Brandvoll Fjellgard located in Hulbak is a local producer specialising in ecological farming, and their animals graze in the protected area of Hydalen in the summer. Brandvoll sells various lamb meat, cured meats, mountain trout, sheepskin, eggs and various types of ecological grown potatoes. There is a small self-serve stall by the road where you can purchase potatoes in the summer and early fall. The farm has 300 sheep, 20 cows and calves, 4 cats, 3 cute border collies, pigs and chickens.
Farmer Arne has developed the farm to become his main source of income and constantly works on new projects and ideas. He is helped by Trine, Henning, Vegard and the worker Jonny Lunde. In addition to traditional farming, Brandvoll Fjellgard deliver wood, rents out cabins, sells licenses for fishing and hunting, and assists others in the village in clearing forest and timber.
The 17th century restored courtyard in Ulsaak is the oldest farm in Hemsedal, which today is a part of Hallingdal Museum. The restored farm still stands as a reminder of a time past, and the interior and houses are like they were back in the day.
The museum is open between July 1st and 12th of August from Tuesday-Sunday from 11am until 4pm. Larger groups can request a tour outside of opening hours. A visit to Bygdatunet is nicely combined with a family hiking trip to Geiteberget, Storhoevda or Skurvefjell. A small mountain path also goes to Skogshorn for those who request more of an adventure.