Jon Fosse: The Nobel Prize Winner from Hardanger

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Jon Fosse, the Nobel Prize-winning author from Strandebarm in Hardanger, showcases the region's rich literary heritage. Experience Fosse's inspiration firsthand in Kvam and throughout the Hardangerfjord region.


When thinking of Hardanger, majestic fjordscapes and lush fruit trees in bloom might first come to mind. Yet, Hardanger has also nurtured some of the most renowned authors in the world. In 2023, one of these talents, Jon Fosse from Strandebarm, was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature.


From Strandebarm to the World

Strandebarm isn't just a gem along the Hardangerfjord – it's also the place that gifted us the unique voice of Jon Fosse. Drawing inspiration from here, Fosse weaved narratives that have reached across the globe. Visiting Strandebarm, it's easy to understand how this idyllic village inspired Fosse and other authors alike. By exploring Strandebarm and Hardanger, you can feel the same winds, see the same mountains, and gain deeper insight into the recent Nobel laureate's writings.


Fosse House: A Tribute in his Hometown

In Fosse's hometown of Strandebarm, specifically at Fosse, you'll find the Fosse House. Throughout the year, cultural events are held here, celebrating and promoting the author's unique voice and contribution to literature. For those wishing to dive deeper into Fosse's life and work, a visit to the Fosse House is highly recommended. Here, one can truly sense his profound connection to Strandebarm and the Kvam Herad municipality in Hardanger.


Hardangerfjord: A Literary Landscape

Jon Fosse isn't the only author to be inspired by Hardanger's powerful nature. Deeper into the fjord, in Ulvik, traces of another famed author can be found. Olav H. Hauge too has left deep imprints on Norwegian literary history. For those eager to delve deeper into Hardanger's literary soul, a visit to the Olav H. Hauge centre offers a treasure trove of inspiration.


Visit Hardanger & walk in the Footsteps of Authors

For anyone wanting to experience the unique blend of nature and culture, Hardanger is the place to be. Whether you're a tourist seeking breathtaking landscapes or a literature enthusiast keen on tapping into the sources of inspiration for some of Norway's greatest authors, the region has it all.

Take a deep breath and savor the crisp air of Hardanger. Perhaps you too can feel a hint of the magic that inspired both Fosse and Hauge in their writings?

For those eager to explore more of Kvam Herad, Strandebarm, and the many treasures of Hardanger, take a look here for more inspiration, accommodation tips, and activity suggestions. The options are plenty!

Let Hardanger's enchanting nature inspire you, just as it did for our acclaimed authors. Welcome to a journey of words and landscapes!

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Worth experiencing in and around Strandebarm


Gjerde Felemakeri

At Gjerde Felemakeri you can learn about the Harding fiddle and its history.


Hardanger Maritime Museum

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Hardanger Skyspace

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Kabuso Art Centre & Ingebrigt Vik Museum

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Olav H. Hauge Centre

At Haugesenteret, discover Olav H. Hauge's life and poetry, along with tales of his works and global poets. Nestled by the fjord with scenic Ulvik, Hardanger mountain vistas, it offers poetic serenity through a library and workshop. Explore poetry at Haugesenteret.


Sentralbadet Litteraturhus

Sentralbadet literature house is a cultural center on the factory site in downtown Odda.


Hardanger Folk Museum

The Hardanger Folklore Museum is part of the Hardanger and Voss Museum and is located in Utne. In the main building you will find Hardanger embroidery, traditional costumes, and folk music exhibitions. An open-air museum with several historical buildings is also part of the folklore museum.


Hardangerfjord sightseeing

Experience the Hardangerfjord at its best on a fjord cruise through the Hardangerfjord together with Norled tourist boat route.


Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall

Walk safe and dry behind one of Norway's most popular waterfalls. Steinsdalsfossen near Norheimsund, is easily accessible right next to the road.

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