The Hamsun Centre

Knut Hamsun is one of our foremost writers, and recived the 1920 Nobel Prize in Literature for Growth of the Soil. Hamarøy and Nordland is key in Knut Hamsun’s life and writings. A major exhibition of the author’s life and work opens 13 June. Hamsun, 31 Days July – 8 August.
The Knut Hamsun Centre is a literary museum for the author and Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun (1859-1952).

The award winning building is placed in grand scenery by the ocean current Glimma in Hamarøy, Nordland in the north of Norway.
The Knut Hamsun Centre is designed by famous American architect Steven Holl. The tall, dark, angular tower is an interpretation of Knut Hamsun and his literary characters.

In the main exhibition you may explore Knut Hamsun’s controversial life and literature, and the windows and balconies invite you to take in the dramatic landscape that inspired such world-renowned novels as Pan, Growth of the Soil and Wayfarers.

For opening hours, events and prices please visit The Hamsun Centre website:

Rentals Culture Hall

Culture theater auditorium can accommodate up to 220 people. The premises can be rented out to various events by appointment: theater, concerts, cinema, conferences, small cinema etc. Contact our manufacturer for details and prices.

How do I get there?

By car, about 15 km from E6 at Ulvsvåg on Highway 81 towards Skutvik. Express boat from Bodø to Skutvik, as well as bus route from Narvik to Bodo Oppeid. Route Information:


GPS Coordinates

WGS 84:
N 68 ° 4.981 ‘E 15 ° 38.443’

WGS 84 – decimal:
68.08301, 15.64072

Where can I stay?