Imagine our surprise as we turned a corner in the roa and, stumbled upon a large cliff-face, overhanging two houses. These are the Helleren Cottages Jossingfjord and you can visit too. Here’s how.
Where to find the Helleren Cottages Jossingfjord
The cottages are found at the end of the Jøssingfjord on the RV44. Parking is marked on the map below.
GPS: 58.328580, 6.353154
The Helleren cottages are actually really special
The word “Helleren” in Norwegian means ‘overhanging rock formation’ but is often used in a different form “Heller” meaning a shelter.
This Helleren Jossingfjord is 60 meters long and 10 meters deep and its history dates back hundreds of years to the 1800’s although is believed that the buildings might be older and parts of the properties may date back to the 1500’s.
The cliff offers such good protection to the houses that the roofs are made from just single, wooden clapboards. This is one of the reasons why a visit to Helleren is such a unique experience.
Although the houses were abandoned in the 1920’s, Dalane Folkemuseum is now the responsible caretaker of the houses and they open for (sustainable amounts of) visitors all year round.
How to walk down to Helleren Jossingfjord
- Park in the car park and walk down the easily visible path. It’s quite worn.
Visiting the Helleren Cottages
The inside of the cottages has been preserved for everybody to see. They are open all year round and request that a sustainable about of people visit and respect the cottages for future generations to come.
Please don’t leave any trash or start any fires.
Other things to do in the Jossinfjord area
- Jøssingfjord utsiktsplass is a viewing platform above the Helleren. It gives you some amazing views over the fjord.
- The Altmark memorial (a memorial to Norwegian sailors of a submarine that were killed in WWII) is on the opposite side of the fjord.
- Are you brave enough to walk up the Trallebannen; part of the railway for the tin mines. Easy to get up, more challenging to get down.
- Kolbolten rock bridge is a tough hike of roughly 4km each direction. The rock bridge sits 65m above the fjord. Signposts are not great but the route is located clearly on maps.me.
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