Hamarøy is really no island, but a half island as long ago when the country lay lower was a real island. Hamarøy has no cities but several towns such as: Oppeid, Presteid, Skutvik, Innhavet and Ulvsvåg. Hamarøy is a municipality with varied and beautiful nature with rich wildlife. Hamarøy is most famous both at home and abroad for the author Knut Hamsun. He lived in Hamarøy for many years and has gained his inspiration for much of his authorship from nature and the people up here.
I walked through the woods, I began touch to tears and was delighted, I said all the time;
- God in heaven that I should come here again. -
From: Under Høststjernen
- Summer nights and quiet water and infinitely quiet forests. No cry, no footsteps from the roads, my heart was
full of dark wine.-
About Hamarøy og Hamsun
Hamarøy markets itself as the adventure country, and I think the municipality certainly has many good reasons to say so.
Hamarøy is also so much more than driving along the E6.
Knut Hamsun moved with the family to Hamarøy and Hamsund in 1862, around midsummer. They came moving from Lom in Gudbrandsdalen. The journey went over Dovre with horse wagon and on foot. Hamsun was just a little boy. There were bad times and many moved north to feed themselves on fishing and the earth could provide. From Trondheim they continued on with the steam boat Ægir and probably to Grøtøy in Steigen, where they had boat shifts to Hamsund.
In the fall of 1874, he is employed by one of Saltens most powerful men, Nicolai Anton Walsøe, trader of Tranøy, who runs a large business based on the rich herring fisheries. Tranøy has been and is an important place for shipping. Lighthouse on Tranøy was first lit in 1864 and it was an unusual sight on the Nordland coast.
Tranøy's trading venue and lighthouse became important to Hamsund in his poem. Lighthouses and losers were often mentioned in his books. The lighthouse on Tranøy became very important for the ore ships in and out of the Vestfjord after the Ofotbanen opened in 1902. Tranøy was also a pilot harbour and at most 30 pilots have jobbs to operate the ore ships and other traffic.
Fyrvokter Paul Schøning var sat til styrer og leder av fyrets idioti:
Han tændte det og lot dets jærnhode sprænge, blank stupiditet
to mil tilhavs, han slukte det og det sto der i en motsat meningsløshet
indvendig og utvendig: det var så kjækt, så kjækt, og det hadde ingen i hånden,
men sto der som i tøisko mot havet.
The lighthouse on Tranøy is owned and operated by the coastal administration, while the rest of the buildings are run by Hamarøy municipality, which hosts hostages. It is possibility of experiences and accommodation. A piece of coastal culture that is important to take care of. I have a plan to reconstruct the place on a small pile by the cabin. For now, the lighthouse has been put in place 1.70 high with light and fog lurking.
Here is a picture from the construction of the Hamsun Center. The center was designed by a renowned architect Steven Holl from the United States. There was a lot of fuss for many years about this project, but it ended up well. says ....... many.
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