Lihallen: An Arctic Art Gallery

In Sigerfjord village, just outside Sortland in Northern Norway, is Lihallen Kulturgård, an Arctic Art Gallery.

Painting by Tove Hov, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

The house was once a retreat for tuberculosis patients – a place to relax, breathe fresh Arctic air and enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains and the fjord. Today, Lihallen is the art gallery, studio and home of painter Tove Hov Jacobsen and her husband, Hans Jørgen. The house is their love project – and it shows.

Tove and Hans Jørgen organise concerts and literary evenings in their home, and sometimes hire it out for smaller meetings and parties.

Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

I’m here for a board meeting and it’s one of the prettiest locations I’ve had the pleasure to meet in.

In the elegantly restored living room, we debate the future of international adoptions. Odd how the surroundings can influence the discussion. It would be difficult not to be positive, creative and productive in this environment.

Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

Beautiful – inside and outside.

Sigerfjord, Sortland, Arctic Norway

An Arctic Art Gallery

Paintings by Tove Hov, Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

In between debates, we browse Tove’s gallery. I love her use of colours – vibrant and soft.

Paintings by Tove Hov, Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway Paintings by Tove Hov, Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

IPaintings by Tove Hov, Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway Paintings by Tove Hov, Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

Painting by Tove Hov, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway Painting by Tove Hov, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

View from Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord

I’d like to return for a relaxing stay in warmer weather. No meetings, just me, a notebook (OK, maybe my MacBook, too) and a few books. And if I should forget those, no worries: the gazebo has a small library. Just picture the scene below in green rather than white – or have another look at the top photo…

Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

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Practicals:

  • Sortland is the major city of the Vesterålen Archipelago in Northern Norway. It’s a 2-hour drive from Harstad/Narvik airport (EVE) or about 20 minutes from the small Skagen airport. Better yet, Hurtigruten, the Coastal Express, anchors in Sortland daily, both north- and southbound.
  • More info on Lihallen is here. The website in Norwegian only, but you can at least enjoy photos and get contact details.
  • I can’t draw a straight line for the life of me, but if you’re artistic (or want to be), Tove organises weekend painting courses in Sortland.

Paintings by Tove Hov, Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway Paintings by Tove Hov, Lihallen kulturgård, Sigerfjord, Arctic Norway

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29 Responses to “Lihallen: An Arctic Art Gallery”

  1. ItalianNotes 11 August 2012 1153 #

    I understand the need to put vibrant colours into a largely black and white landscape. Nice.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1442 #

      More blue and white, but yes, I understand what you mean – cheerful, light, summery colours on a stark, rugged landscape.

  2. Wow, those views are gorgeous. I’ve been trying to get to Norway for a few years now, but it is quot expensive! I hope to make it one day too — beautiful place to merge with nature an get inspired and creative =)

    - Maria Alexandra

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1443 #

      Can’t deny it costs a bit…

  3. Michael Figueiredo 13 August 2012 0442 #

    Beautiful inside and out is right!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1443 #

      :)

  4. Victor Tribunsky 13 August 2012 0710 #

    So many blue colors. Because there is so many snow outside?
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1443 #

      Yes, this was in late April here. In some areas there is snow even in summer.

  5. Nick Lewis 13 August 2012 1257 #

    Beautiful paintings and the location looks stunning too

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1444 #

      It really is.

  6. Andrea 13 August 2012 1629 #

    What a setting for a meeting! Those mountains are incredible.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1504 #

      It was very inspiring and unusual.

  7. Natasha von Geldern 14 August 2012 0202 #

    How wonderful to wake up to that view every day. I love the snowy mountains but can well imagine the bliss of sitting in that gazebo with a book on a summer day :)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1445 #

      That’s what I’d like to do. Sit in the gazebo and read or just look at the landscape.

  8. Waegook Tom 14 August 2012 0811 #

    Gorgeous photos and what an absolutely stunning setting, Sophie. I’ve been considering visiting northern Norway recently and this kind of beauty (along with that wonderful art) is almost making me forget about the price tag usually associated with the area.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1448 #

      I’m not entirely objective, of course, but Northern Norway is absolutely worth a visit, northern lights and all…

  9. Vera Marie Badertscher 14 August 2012 1926 #

    That is just an amazing place. The view got me. I don’t know if it would inspire me to create, or just turn me into a loafer who sits and gazes.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1448 #

      On long summer days, there’s time enough for both :)

  10. Love this – inside and out! The paintings look amazing. I really like the color too.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1449 #

      Nice, aren’t they?

  11. Christina (Jandal Road) 14 August 2012 2043 #

    Yes, there would be positive meetings for sure! I’ve had my best and most productive meetings in places that are either of beautiful design, or in otherwise beautiful surroundings, i.e. a gorgeous view from the window.
    Christina (Jandal Road) recently posted..Scenic spot on your New Zealand road trip: pit stop at Kekerengu

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1449 #

      I think the surroundings do makes a difference.

  12. The Local Traveler NS 14 August 2012 2317 #

    This place is breath takingly beautiful. I can only dream of attending a meeting in a place like this. All venues may not be able to add the scenery but there seems to be great lessons to learn here on optimal meeting conditions.
    The Local Traveler NS recently posted..St. Lawrence Kitchen – Chester

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1450 #

      I think you have some wonderful locations in Nova Scotia, too.

  13. Leigh 15 August 2012 0134 #

    What a fabulous looking place and the art is something I immediately respond to. I’d be happy to join you Sophie and we only need speak at mealtimes!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1451 #

      I imagine it would look a little bit like home to a Canadian :)

  14. InsideJourneys 15 August 2012 2256 #

    I’m surprised you were even able to concentrate. I’d be daydreaming and falling asleep in this soothing environment.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2012 1455 #

      Well, it encourages being productive and finish meetings. Then there’s time to enjoy everything else.

  15. Turtle 2 September 2012 1303 #

    Wow – if only every meeting could be somewhere like that. It puts the fancy offices in Manhattan to shame!
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