Pop. 1,613; Area 740 sq. km. (286 sq. mi.)
The valley of Hjartdal is guarded to the south by the Hekse and the Mæle mountains. Looking north the valley seems cultivated in layers, with one farm lying over the other. And down in the bottom of the valley Lake Hjartsjå and the Hjartøla River glitter in the sun. The name Hartdal means "Valley of the Red Deer." The emblem for the kommune, appropriately, is a silver-colored red deer on a green background. The main employment is farming and forestry. The township's administrative center is Sauland. The kommune also includes the valley of Tuddal, which stretches north from Sauland up toward Mount Gausta. Both these valleys contain a number of protected historic buildings most still in their original settings.
Bondal is a rural area innermost in Tuddal beneath the western slope of Mt. Gausta. Impressive and beautiful scenery surround many old farm buildings.
Sauland has a church, built in 1857, which is on the sight of a former stave church, and a storehouse built in 1718.
Tuddal has many fine old buildings listed as historical monuments in their original settings. The narrow Tuddal valley stretches in scenic beauty from Sauland and up towards Mount Gausta. The highway through Tuddal which crosses the slopes of Mount Gausta is an attraction in the summer.
Sights to See
Bygdebøker for Hjartdal
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