On the 8th of December 1832, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was born in the vicarage at Bjørgan in Kvikne. His father, Peder Bjørnson had come to Kvikne as vicar the year before and the family stayed at Bjørgan until 1837. From there, they moved to Nesset in the Romsdal valley where his father was appointed vicar.
The years at Kvikne made their mark on the young Bjørnstjerne and many of his stories from farming life are influenced by his experiences from his childhood. As an adult, Bjørnstjerne visited Kvikne firstly in 1869 and again later in 1897
In 1932, a monument for Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was unveiled at Bjørgan. In the old vicarage building, there is a collection of several items from the time he spent at Bjørgan. Today the vicarage is a museum and it has been restored.
For people interested in Bjørnson, a visit to his birthplace is a must. You can have a guided tour of the vicarage if you contact Solveig Scharer Frengstad who lives there on the farm. Telephone: 98862870.