What: Information board for Hamsun-sights in Hamarøy.

Where: Just in front of the town-hall in Oppeid, the centre of Hamarøy

Here it is: If you are heading north on route E6 between Fauske and Narvik, then there is only 17 km from Ulvsvåg over road rv.81 to Oppeid, the centre of Hamarøy. If you are on your way to the Lofoten, you just continue after your visit along the rv.81 and take the ferry Skutvik-Svolvær. Also busses and fast ferries connect Hamarøy with Bodø.

In a letter to Miss Dagny Kristensen from Knut Hamsun written in Hamarøy 7th January 1916, she gets this reminder: "Not Hamarøy, Lofoten - we do not write Kristiania, Aker either. Hamarøy is mightier than you think, but it is not so tilted, that it reaches the Lofoten. Oh you "Southerners" - Stavanger Ryfylke!"

Hamarøy is a MUST for Hamsun enthusiasts: Here young Knut spent his childhood days and to here a world-famous poet returned for some time and here one finds the nature and the people, that populate Hamsun's books all his life.
Here, of course, one will find many places to visit, but the info-board at the town-hall is a good starting point and provides an overview with maps and descriptions in Norwegian, English, Russian and German..

A splendid guide to the sights in Hamarøy is: "Hamarøy - vær så god!" (- a treasure to be shared; - mehr als eine Reise wert!) in English, German and Norwegian, published by August AS, 8294 Hamarøy (Price: 60 NOK). You will always find space for this book and it contains descriptions, maps, distance-tables, who-what-where, accomodation....Highly recommended!

© Kirsten Hedvig Rasmussen www.hamsun.at