Nordlandsmuseet is a union of 20 truly unique museums based along the coastline of the Salten region in Nordland. The city of Bodø provides you with easy access to all the museums. Furthermore the Nordlandsmuseet offers a general impression of the unique cultural history of more than 1000 years. We highly recommend a tour of their museums along the world’s most beautiful coastline, irrespective of how you wish to travel.

Here are some of the reasons to visit Nordlandsmuseet:

1. Bodø

Bodø is a town and a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Salten, where Nordlandsmuseet is located, and it’s the capital of Nordland county. Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen and the Børvasstindan mountain range. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away from both Moskenes in Lofoten and the old trading post at Kjerringøy. Bodø is situated on a peninsula in Northern Norway and offers a varied assortment of adventures. Here you can go kayaking or golfing under the midnight sun, or take a tour on a passenger boat through the impressive archipelago.

Kjerringøy trading post

2. The most beautiful coastline in the world

The county of Nordland stretches for 500 kilometres (310 miles) between the counties of Northern Trøndelag and Troms. The coastline of Nordland is among the most ragged in the whole of Norway, with skerries and archipelagos made up of tens of thousands of islets and reefs.

3. The Northern Lights

In the winter, you can experience the Northern Lights from the pier in the harbour, or even better, imagine an evening stroll on Mount Rønvikfjellet with a 360 degree sky above you. From September to April, the Northern Lights can be seen on dark, clear evenings. In Bodø, beneath the Auroral Oval, you have the best chance of seeing the colourful, flickering Northern Lights.

4. The museums

Foundation Nordland Museum is a consolidated museum with 20 museum facilities in 9 municipalities in Salten. Nordland Museum construction stretching from Hamarøy in the north to Meløy in the south, and they offer mediation at all their facilities. The museum is also home to a 1,000 year old silver treasure and exhibitions on Sámi culture in the Salten region. The dry aquarium in the basement is listed, and is an old interactive exhibition. The museum also houses a small souvenir shop, a basic café and a play corner for the children.

Nordlandsmuseet convey knowledge through regular exhibitions, guest exhibitions, traveling exhibitions, lectures, guided tours, dramatizations and active participation from the audience conveying the history, art and culture. They also cooperate with local actors to exerted experience based communication through our adventure tour concept.

5. The Knut Hansum Centre

The Knut Hamsun Centre is a literary museum for the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun (1859-1952), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. The award winning building is placed in grand scenery in Hamarøy, Nordland, in the north of Norway. It is designed by famous American architect Steven Holl. The tall, dark, angular tower is an interpretation of Knut Hamsun’s literary characters. In the tower you also find the library, a café and a book shop.

6. Knut Hamsuns life and literature

In the main exhibition you may explore Knut Hamsun’s controversial life and literature. The windows and balconies invite you to take a closer look at the dramatic landscape that inspired such world-renowned novels as Hunger, Pan and Growth of the Soil. The Hamsun Centre offers adventures and cultural experiences all year round for all kinds of visitors.

Take a virtual visit at the Hamsun Centre

7. Kjerringøy Trading Post

A visit to northern Norway`s best preserved trading post is a journey back in time. Here you can feel the past, with “jektefart” and fish trading, Herring and the daily life in northern Norway coastal communities in the 19 century.

Kjerringøy Trading Post is a unique example of coastal heritage set in magnificent scenery. It consists of 15 old buildings retaining many of their original contents. It is one of the country’s most important collections of buildings from the nineteenth century.

Kjerringøy trading post

8. Anna Elisabeth of Kjerringøy

The beautiful slide-show “Anna Elisabeth of Kjerringøy” provides an excellent introduction to a visit. It lasts about 20 minutes. She was Northern Norway’s richest woman, with living wallpaper from Paris, running water and modern stove in the kitchen. In the mid 1800s, Anna Elisabeth Ellingsen Zahl reigned the trading village Kjerringøy.

9. Guided tours

Guided tours are then available around the various yards and buildings. You can shop in the store “Kramboden” or enjoy refreshments in Nyfjøsen Café or in the garden. Occasionally various crafts are demonstrated in the buildings. Cultural events are also held here.

10. An insight into the daily lives

You will also gain an insight into the daily lives of the fishermen and smallholders on the coast. The golden age of the trading post was at the end of the nineteenth century. At that time Zahl enjoyed profitable business in the fish trade, coastal shipping, exports and imports. In time Kjerringøy grew to become the wealthiest trading centre in North Norway.

360 show of Kjerringøy Handelssted

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