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The Knut Hamsun Centre is located by the banks of Glimma in Hamarøy, Norway - Photo: Ernst Furuhatt
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The Knut Hamsun Centre is located by the banks of Glimma in Hamarøy, Norway Photo: Ernst Furuhatt

Attractions in the Realm of Hamsun

Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature Knut Hamsun, rock carvings, Vikings and World War II fill the area with interesting stories.

Knut Hamsun, lived here, and many of his books are strongly influenced by his surroundings. Hamsun's childhood home, rural and other museums, galleries and old trading centres tell about life in the Realm of Hamsun. With beautiful churches, lighthouses, music and fishing festivals and many market days, the Realm of Hamsun offers a variety of exciting adventures.

Stetind – Norway’s national mountain

Stetind in Tysfjord is a majestic natural landmark with its extremely characteristic shape in the beautiful Northern Norwegian fjord landscape.

With a height of 1,392 m directly from the fjord, Norway’s national mountain, also called "God’s anvil", juts out like an obelisk in the mountain wilds. You may go on family-friendly walks to spots in the "lower" parts of the mountain – or complete the lofty ascent accompanied by a local guide.  Stetind also offers stern pleasures for experienced mountain climbers.

Hamarøyskaftet

Hamarøyskaftet is one of the most distinctive mountain peaks in the county of Nordland. This is not one of Nordland’s highest mountains, but what a rise! Do not be put off by your first impression of the mountain; it looks pretty unapproachable. The hike to the summit is an enjoyable and relatively basic climb.

Rago National Park - wild and inaccessible mountain area

Rago National Park is characterised by wild, majestic mountain landscape with deep crevices and large boulders. Rare mountain plants may be found in an otherwise inferior flora. The wolverine regularly shelters here, while the lynx is a dispersal-resident animal. Rago borders the Swedish national parks Padjelanta, Sarek and Stora Sjöfallet, which collectively covers 5,700 square kilometres, making it one of the largest protected areas in Europe.

The island of Engeløya – a guided tour in the Realm of Iron Age chieftains

"The Viking" guides guests through some of the richest archaeological areas in Northern Norway. Visit Bygdetunet, Prestegårdshagen, Steigen Medieval Church and Batterie Dietl. Outdoor dining at Vollmoen if desired. White-tailed sea eagle safaris by express boat in Norway's most abundant white-tailed sea eagle areas can also be arranged. 

Tranøy

Tranøy is the place where the young Hamsun experienced the real Sirilund. Deeply and proudly rooted in cultural history, Tranøy now welcomes you to happy holidays and artistic delights. Here you will find galleries, a sculpture park, a chapel, food and drink, a marina, a shop and accommodation.

The Arran Lule Sami Centre

A national centre featuring a museum and exhibitions about . Learn about the culture, language, history and ethnicity of the Sami, Norway’s indigenous population, at the Arran Lule Sami Centre.

The Knut Hamsun Centre

The Knut Hamsun Centre is located by the banks of Glimma in Hamarøy, in a cultural landscape surrounded by majestic nature. The scenery surrounding the centre is almost as pristine as in the famous Norwegian author Hamsun's days.

From the tall tower of the centre you may enjoy a unique view of Hamsun's own realm, which inspired him to write world-renowned books such as Pan, Growth of the Soil (for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920) and Vagabonds.

The Knut Hamsun Centre is part of Nordlandsmuseet, which offers numerous experiences and attractions in the Realm of Hamsun. Visit Skogheim, Knut Hamsun’s childhood home in Hamsund, where the author also lived with his family for a period of his adult life. Walk the pathway Hamsunstien from Hamsund to Presteid and visit Hamarøy Folk Museum with exhibitions and authentic Hamarøy environments from Hamsun's era.

Batterie Dietl - a coastal fort from World War II

Experience one of Europe's largest coastal fortifications from World War II. Three of the world's largest guns were here firing shells with a diametre of 40.6 centimetres. The fortifications guarded the entrance to the Vestfjord and the important route to Narvik, from where iron ore from Sweden was shipped to the German arms industry.

One of the bunkers has been converted to an interesting museum with restored ammunition- and machine-rooms. The bunker is an eerie but impressive construction with walls up to three and a half metres thick. The exhibition describes the daily lives of the soldiers and prisoners of war, the forced labour, and, last but not least, the lot of the local people of Engeløya during the war years.

The crofter's cottage at Kjelvik

Kjelvik is situated at the top of a hill below a woody ridge. Time has more or less stood still here since the last occupant passed away in 1967. Here you can experience an authentic croft through the original tools, furnishings and clothes found in the old buildings. Get hold of the rake handle. Go in the smithy and pick up the blacksmith's tongs. Go in to the small rooms and try to imagine how they managed without running water and electricity.

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Last updated:  2013-07-25
 - Photo: Frode Jenssen
 - Photo: Frode Jenssen

Topic:  Nature attractions, Museums & Galleries, History

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The Knut Hamsun Centre is located by the banks of Glimma in Hamarøy, Norway - Photo: Ernst Furuhatt

Attractions in the Realm of Hamsun

Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature Knut Hamsun, rock carvings, Vikings and World War II fill the area with interesting stories.

Attractions in the Realm of Hamsun

Source: Visitnorway

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The Realm of Hamsun

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