Bjerkebæk was the home of the Nobel Laureate Sigrid Undset. Sigrid Undset lived at Bjerkebæk from 1919 until her death i 1949.
Sigrid Undset is one of Norway´s most read authors. Her literary works were rich and comprehensive, ranging from contemporary fiction to powerful novels set in the Middle Ages, short stories and articles. Her first novel entitled Fru Marta Oulie, a short, realistic novel on adultery, was published in 1907. It was the beginning of a long series of contemporary social and psychological novels and stories. Her breakthrough came with her 1911 novel about an artist, Jenny.
Undset created a distinctive home in two old log houses which had been moved from old farms in Gudbrandsdalen. The houses were surrounded by a beautiful garden and Undset called her home Bjerkebæk. Her home opened as a museum in 2007.
Her novels which were set in the Middle Ages, Kristin Lavransdatter (1920-1922) and Olav Audunssøn (1925-1927), were written at Bjerkebæk and she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for these in 1928.