What: The Hamsun-centre

Where: Presteid, Hamarøy, Norway

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, Hamarøy is anyway the easiest access: 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. Just above the bridge over the tidal stream Glimma you will find the ruins of the old vicarage AND the Hamsun-centre.

I cannot say more than: This is THE national Hamsun-centre, from where Hamsun-inspiration, -research and -information (continue the list yourself) will spring. The building has been built and was inaugurated with a spectacular party the 4. August 2009 on Knut Hamsun's 150. birthday. Now the concrete must dry up and the dust settle before the newest in information technology will be installed for the exhibition.
The building is in itself a perl, concipated by one of the world's leading architects Steven Holl. If you are not interested in Knut Hamsun, do come and visit the building just because of it's architecture! The model of the building has attracted much interest from architecture-enthusiasts during it's display in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

There is a lot going on right now in the Hamsun-centre, so do visit the website of the centre at www.hamsunsenteret.no for the newest info and opening hours.

© Kirsten Hedvig Rasmussen www.hamsun.at