A Pioneering Spirit
When Morten C. Hegelund arrived in Karlsøy in 1635 he brought much more than himself and his spirit; he brought with him his familial culture of Danish refinement which encompassed, among other things, traditional knowledge of cooking and food preparation.
”Above the arctic circle a strong sense of community binds young and old together”
While Morten was primarily engaged with his work as the bailiff of the Troms region, the whole family soon became deeply involved in the local community, mostly through trade and social work.
The following centuries saw the rise of the Hegelund clan, whose name soon became synonymous with an uncommon pioneering spirit. They recognized opportunities where no one else was looking; they challenged established conformities, always on the lookout for opportunities for progress and improvement.