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Panoramic view of the interior of the stave church Heddal
Heddel stave church

Heddal is a village and parish in Notodden municipality in Telemark County, Norway.

Heddel stave church
Johannes Flintoe (1828)
Exterior view of the stave church Heddal
Author Hans Herbjørnsrud


The parish of Hitterdal was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Notodden was separated from Heddal both as a city and a municipality of its own, in 1913. Heddal was subsequently merged with Notodden January 1, 1964. The Heddal clerical district consists of two parishes: Hitterdal and Lisleherad.


The Old Norse form of the name was Heitrardalr. The first element is the genitive case of a former name of the River Heitr, now known as Heddøla, a tributary of the Skien River. The last element is dalr meaning dale or valley. The original meaning of the river name is unknown. Until 1918 the name was written Hitterdal or Hiterdal. From 1918 on, the name has been Heddal.


Nearby rivers include the River Hjartdøla.

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Coordinates: 59°41′29″N 9°02′11″E / 59.69139°N 9.03639°E / 59.69139; 9.03639