Master Silversmith Astrid Søftestad

– a master in the art since 1982


We sell custom-made designer jewelry, rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Traditional jewelery for Telemark folk costume, necklaces, buttons and belt buckles.


An unique gift shop, with exciting selection of jewelry and gifts for birthdays, weddings, christening and friend gifts, which you cannot find anywhere else.


Astrid forms the silver out of sheets and threads, hammered, glowed and soldered, simple lines inspired from beautiful rock formations and the nature in Vrådal.

Santa’s loft

Christmas shop with Santas, angels and beautiful christmas decorations – a selection that can only be experienced. We also stamp christmas post with our own custom stamp, which gets sent out in December. Open all year round!

A selection of our products

As the earth passes its axis, the clouds glide by and the sun is warming … I’m still searching for inspiration, enthusiasm, glow and creativity, to discover new shapes …

Our history


Startup in Nissedal

Astrid Søftestad starts her own silversmith in the hometown of Nissedal, after graduation as a silversmith. The production was mostly bunad silver.


The Santa’s loft

The Santa’s Loft takes shape in a restored, old timber cabin along the banks of Nisser. Both children and adults have visited and brought home memories from the shop. From 1991 onwards, The Santa’s Loft has its own custom stamp from Santa in Nissedal.



Astrid takes in her first apprentice. Many have been learning and passed the silversmith exams, and it is with joy and enthusiasm the craft is being passed on to a new generation. A total of 10 apprentices have passed a proficiency test, and several have continued the route to become goldsmiths.


The fairytale in Vrådal

Time changes and we moved the operation to Vrådal. A new floor is built onto the silversmith, and all the Santas moves into the loft. We are now next door to Quality Straand Hotell og Resort. Kilehandlaft has repeatedly represented most of the timber / lafte buildings at the Sølvsmedtunet, with timber from the districts along Nisser. After the grand opening in Vrådal, Astrid collaborated with Designer Elise Thiis Evensen to design and craft a series of jewelry under the name of Eventyrsølv.

2003 – 2017

Gallery Sølvsmedtunet

Gallery Sølvsmedtunet has its own building in the yard, and several famous Norwegian artists have exhibited during the summers;  Vebjørn Sand, Eivind Sand, Rolf Neli, Hans Normann Dahl, Tore Juell, Th.Rittun, Knut Flatin, Gro Mukta Holter, Dang Van Ty and more.

2010 – 2017

New collections

New jewelry collections is realised in clean, modern lines. Astrid is now behind the design and innovation of the jewelry at Sølvsmedtunet, which is being produced at the workshop, as well as the production of bunad silver in the Telemark tradition.

Gallery Sølvsmedtunet

in Vrådal

Mona Stenseth Erlandsen
Artist / illustrator – also known as Emmeselle.no

Sales Exhibition

Juli 7th – August 3rd 2019

Music by Symre – a young, local artist. Straand Hotel will be serving dinner for both children and adults at a special price. The special offer for a trip with MS Fram is open until 3pm. Use of the pool is unrestricted and free of charge. The discount coupon for dinner and boat trip will be handed out at the gallery opening ceremony.

Opening ceremony

Sunday July 7th 12:30pm
The artist will be present during the opening ceremony

Open weekdays 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

Download brochure (norwegian)

Contact us


Astrid Søftestad
Cell pone: +47 97 57 40 76
Phone: +47 35 04 72 33
Email: post@solvsmedtunet.no


Kviteseidvegen 1684 E
N-3853 Vrådal

Opening hours

Christmas, thurs – sat: 10:00-15:00
Monday: 10:00-17:00
Tuesday – friday: 09:00-17:00
Saturday: 10:00-15:00
Sunday: Closed

Sølvsmedtunet AS © 1982 - 2017. Nettsiden er levert av Superlativ. Foto: Stein Hofve.