Lauvlia – Th. Kittelsen’s Artist’s Home

The Kittelsen family

The Kittelsen family

Lauvlia was the home of Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914) from 1899 to 1909. Beautifully situated beside Lake Soneren and offering views of Norefjell and Mount Andersnatten stands the home that Inga and Theodor built in 1899. Here, they lived happily with their children until 1909. The artist’s home stands today as the most personal memory we have of Theodor Kittelsen. The house has been restored and now contains the family’s original furnishings and is characterised by Kittelsen’s own carvings and painted decor. Lauvlia was the place where Theodor settled the longest in his life; a period of 10 years. Visitors receive a personal tour of the Artist’s Home and can enjoy listening to the guide talking about family life in Lauvlia and about Th. Kittelsen’s art.

  • New thematic exhibitions every summer.
  • Coffee, waffles and other refreshments served through Mrs. Inga Kittelsen’s kitchen window.
  • Bryggerhuset (the Brewery) has reproductions of art, wooden toys, books, cards, etc. for sale.
  • “Gamleveien” (the Old Road) has been designated a Cultural Route and is enhanced with Th. Kittelsen’s motifs.
  • The opportunity to swim in Lake Soneren.
  • Guided tours of the house on the hour

Lauvlia – the children’s “Soria Moria”: Tours and activities organised for children. In the Children’s House, they can make their own toys, go for a walk on the children’s trail or follow the footsteps of Theodor Kittelsen all the way up to the “Aircraft” and be inspired to paint an outdoor mural. Or they can play in Trollborgen (the Troll Castle). Easels and brushes stand ready for use.

In collaboration with Bjørn Ringstrøm’s Antikvariat, Lauvlia has reproduced and published a number of Th. Kittelsen’s own writings and illustrated books. They have also published “Fra Lauvlia til våre hjerter” (“From Lauvlia to our hearts”) by  Einar Økland and Holger Koefoed (2007), and in cooperation with Kragerø Municipality, the book “Theodor Kittelsens Jomfruland”, with text by Hans-Martin Frydenberg Flaatten (2012). In 2013 Lauvlia released the publication about Inga Kittelsen, Norway’s Foremost Artist’s Wife with text by Arnhild Skre. Lauvlia’s website is: