What: Knut Hamsun's father's birthplace

Where: Skultbakken, 2680 Vågå, Norway

Here it is: In Otta you leave the E6 direction Lom on road rv.15. Some kilometers after Våga you turn left on road rv.51 towards Randsværk. After a few kilometers you see Skultbakken on your left hand side.
Alternatively you take the breathtaking road over Valdresflya, first on E16 to Fagernes, then on road rv.51 towards Lom/Otta. Over Valdresflya you will enjoy the panoramic vue over Jotumheimen's immensely beautiful alpine world. You could take a detour to the cottage Glitterheim, if the road is open or you may stop at Ridderspranget and dream of the stories of the medieval times. Just before you decend to the road rv.15 between Lom-Otta, Skultbakken lies on your right.

Knut Hamsun's father, the tailor Peder Pedersen, was born here March 28th 1825. He took over Skultbakken from his parents in 1859 together with his wife, Knut Hamsun's mother, Tora Pedersen born Olsen. Hamsun's parents moved to Hamarøy in 1862 with their children and some of Tora's relatives. Tora's brother Hans Olsen had allready moved to Hamarøy in 1858.


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