Beiarn is a small municipality located just north of the Arctic Circle, in Nordland county, Norway (see map at Wikipedia). Approximately 1.150 inhabitants populate an area of 1.225 square kilometeres (471.8 sq mi), mostly consisting of mountains, mire and forrests climbing the steep valleys. Thus, only a parts are inhabitable, but the people of Beiarn have settled down wherever it has been possible.
Due to the river Beiarelva, it has been possible to clear farms deep in the valleys, and do the transportation on the river. Today, many such farms have been abandoned, and the river is one of Beiarn’s main tourist attractions: After the treatment of gyrodactylus salaris, it has become the best salmon river in Nordland. Other things to see include the magnificent nature, caving, the newly constructed stavkirke on Savjord and Beiarn Folk Museum.
Inge Strand enjoys the scenery from Tverrådalen. (Photo: Martin Strand)
If you plan to go shopping in Beiarn, you’re out of luck—at least in the traditional sense. You should rather pay a visit to Laftehytta, where you can buy a wide range of original handmade art and craft from Beiarn. You can also buy traditional food there.