Known for its rich cultural traditions and spectacular scenery, Jølster lies on the doorstep of Jostedalsbreen National Park within the district of Sunnfjord. It’s long been associated with some of Norway’s most beloved painters and is a popular destination for trout fishing.
Things to do
Learn about the life of the Norwegian painter Nikolai Astrup at the farm where he spent his final years, Astruptunet, which is nestled on the southern shores of Jølstravatn. It’s been transformed into a museum and art gallery where his paintings, wood engravings and sketches are exhibited, many of which depict scenes from the Jølster region.
Another painter strongly linked to the area is Ludvig Eikaas, who grew up in Jølster before moving to Oslo, where he developed his non-figurative style. The Eikaas Gallery has been established in an old dairy factory in Ålhus and exhibits a large collection of his works and houses an alfresco cafe and a store selling art-related books and gifts.
If you’re interested in the region’s architectural and cultural heritage, don’t miss a visit to the Jølstra Museum. It features several historic buildings from the last four centuries and an impressive collection of artefacts that includes everyday homewares and agricultural equipment. The on-site fishing centre is a popular place for anglers to gather before luring trout in the nearby lakes and rivers.
Jølster is around 3.5 hours’ drive from Bergen and Bergen Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect the town to destinations across the region, although having your own car gives you greater freedom to explore.