About Haakon Mehren
Haakon Mehren, born 1938 in Oslo, is a private investor, art expert and works in the field of culture. He is the editor of several books on art.

He grew up in Oslo close to his guardian, the famous art collector, finance-investor and writer Rolf Stenersen who founded the Stenersen-Museum in Oslo and the Stenersen Foundation in Bergen. (Munch, Klee, Picasso etc.) Mr. Stenersen wrote the biography: "Edvard Munch. The Closeup of a Genius."

In 1966 Haakon Mehren purchased the arctic tradinghouse Skaanland Handelssted in Salten (Bodø) with the company Quest Shipping. (Former expedition vessel of Sir Ernest Shackleton). For the historical rehabilitation of this 18th century trading house he was awarded 1998 with the most distinguished Europa Nostra Award. The estate is surrounded by a 2000-acres natural park of pinetrees and 5 miles of coastline. It is the strongest protected privat property in Norway, like a National Trust. The Norwegian Royal Family celebrated their 60'ths anniversary with all the royal families of Europe on the estate in 1997.

In 1989 Haakon Mehren rediscovered the painter Aksel Waldemar Johannessen, (the pictures were stored in a barn), the most important discovery in Norwegian art history after World War II. Together with Professor Erich Steingräber, General Director of the Pinakothek in Munich and Professor Øivind Storm Bjerke, Oslo and Professor Sybille-Karin Moser, Innsbruck exhibitions were arranged in Norway, Italy, Austria and Germany between 1992 and 2000.

He is member of the Board of Directors of the Kistefos Museum and several other boards. He is co-founder of the prestigeous Hedda Gabler Prize and the Aksel Waldemar Prize, two theatre awards in memory of Henrik Ibsen and Aksel Waldemar Johannessen. (Haakon Mehrens Foundation)

The last expedition ship of Sir Ernest Shackleton, was 40 years the flagship of Skaanland Shipping Company and is one of the most famous vessels in the history of man. Sir Ernest Shackleton died in the Antarctic on board the Quest in 1922 and was buried on the island of South Georgia. The deck cabin of Shackleton, a donation from Skaanland Handelssted, can be seen at Saltdal Bygdetun Museum.

The name Quest was heard throughout the world once again in 1928 when admiral Umberto Nobile wrecked with his airship Italy trying to reach the North Pole. Expeditions from several countries tried to rescue him and his crew. It was on this rescue mission that the explorer Roald Amundsen, the conquerer of the South Pole, got lost with his aeroplane Latham, never more to be found. Captain Ludolf Schjelderup with the Quest from Skaanland was chartered by the Swedish Government, and he succeeded in finding the wreck of Italy, and admiral Nobile and all his men were saved.

Mr Haakon Mehern with H.M. Queen Margrethe of Denmark and H.M. Queen Sonja of Norway during the lunch in the garden of Skaanland Handelsted in Salten 1997.

Mrs. Anne Margrethe Mehren with H.M. King Harald of Norway, H.M. Queen Anne Marie of Greece and H.M. Don Juan Carlos of Spain during lunch at Skaanland 1997.

H.M. Queen Sonja at her first visit to Skaanland in 1991, in the drawingroom with the Mehren family.