Tips from the locals: Anita Overelv

Anita has been working in the cultural industry since the early 1990s and is very familiar with cultural life in the region. She has been in charge of the Træna Festival, worked with SALT Art & Music and is now working actively in the field of culture in addition to her position at the Hamsun Centre.

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1. What is your best insider culture tips?

The Blue Frost Festival (Blåfrostfestivalen) takes pace in February at Slipen Scene in Rognan. A festival of popular music featuring both national and international artists.

If you love art and chaos, I recommend Dama Di in Bodø – a vintage pub with a wonderful back yard and a wine bar ”The Apartment” (Leiligheta). Dama Di also has its own stage for local and national artists. A different meeting place with lots of positive energy.

If you’re interested in literature, the Stormen Library has lots to offer. Not just books, but seminars, debates, concerts and festivals, including Det Vilde Ord, a literature festival that takes place in October.

The Knut Hamsun Festival, known locally as Hamsundagene, is Salten’s (and one of Norway’s) oldest festival of culture and literature, naturally enough with emphasis on Knut Hamsun’s life and works.

It takes place in Hamarøy, in August every other year. In Hamarøy, you will also find the Hamsun Centre, a centre dedicated to the life and work of Knut Hamsun and featuring a literature exhibition and Café Sult. Once there, you can also pay a visit to Hamsun’s childhood home.

2. What is your favourite thing
about Salten?

My favourite place is Korsnes, with its beautiful beaches and rocks along the shores of the unsurpassed Vestfjorden. It’s a rather secluded spot, but is easily accessible when driving north along the E6, you turn off just before you get to the ferry at Bognes.

There are some very interesting and unique rock carvings at Korsnes, as of yet a rather under-communicated historical gem. There are also great conditions for bathing for those who dare to try the chilly waters of the Vestfjorden.

3. Why should people visit Salten?

Salten has it all: magnificent scenery, deep forests, long trails, tall mountains, vibrant city life, the sea, fjords, glaciers, cloudberries and nice people. The northern lights and the midnight sun.

And local inhabitants who will meet you with sincerity and positive energy. Salten is blessed with innovation and a bright future. There’s gourmet food, too, for those who like that, but there’s also plenty of scope for barbecuing sausages over an open fire in the woods.