Norwegian Food To Try When You Visit Norway

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor April 3rd, 2016 Posted in Destination, Europe, Restaurant and Recipes, Travel Blog No comments

Norwegian food is all about the freshness, taste and their love for seafood. If you have been following my articles about my recent cruise in Norway with Hurtigruten, Norwegian food is surely one of the main reasons why you should consider visiting Norway. I will discuss here all the fantastic Norwegian food that I’ve tried while exploring the Arctic region.

Hurtigruten is proud of their Norwegian Coastal Kitchen theme.  The theme is promoting all the goodness of eating fresh Norwegian food. They source most of their food supplies from the local farmers and suppliers, this surely guarantees all the freshness and flavours in the food.

During my trip exploring the Arctic region of Norway, I tried different gorgeous Norwegian food. I went to the Gabba Restaurant of Snowhotel, Matthalen in Tromsø, Paleo Arctic in Lofoten, and, of course, the fantastic restaurants of MS Trollfjord and MS Kong Harald of Hurtigruten.

Here is the sample Hurtigruten voyage from Bergen – Kirkenes- Bergen

Warning!

This article will make you hungry!

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The Reindeer meat was probably the only red meat I had during my trip in Norway. It was so good!  Of course, red wine is the perfect match for this course.

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Roast reindeer of Paleo Arctic restaurant in Thon Hotel, Lofoten
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Roast reindeer of Mathallen in Tromsø

These roast dinners were so amazingly tasty. The reindeer meat has a stronger flavour than beef. This red meat was so succulent and tender in the middle but nice and crispy on the outside. Served with seasonal vegetables and trimmings that were also locally produced from the nearby area from the restaurants’ location.

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Reindeer appetiser from Snow Hotel in Kirkenes
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Reindeer Sausage from Snow Hotel in Kirkenes
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Dried Reindeer Heart

This was the first time that I’ve tried the dried reindeer heart, a favourite snack in the Scandinavian region. I must admit I did have a hard time while eating it, but I told myself that I have to try it. It was like a beef jerky, but the flavour is so powerful andthe texture rubbery. It also reminded me of the scene in Game of Thrones, when Danaerys Targaryen was eating the horse’s heart.

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Seafood

Norway is situated in the Northern Atlantic and has an excellent legacy when it comes to exploring and fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Hence, during my trip in Norway, I was totally overfed with seafood. I’m not complaining though! It was gorgeous and fresh!

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
The famous King Crab meat of Norway
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Salmon fillet served with sprouts and tapioca from Mathallen in Tromsø
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Tasty whitefish and mash in Snowhotel restaurant
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Whitefish with cheese!
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
The redfish I caught from my fishing activity around Lofoten Islands
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
The Coalfish I caught from the fishing activity around Lofoten Islands
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
The meatiest Cod I ever had
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
One type of stockfish available from the onboard deli of MS Trollfjord

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Hush Puppies with Prawns
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
More stockfish!

Stockfish is probably considered as one of the trademarks of Norway. The fish are hung to dry on the fish racks for a few months before its harvest. This tradition has been known since probably the Vikings time in Norway. The drying of the food was a method of preserving their food stock in the Arctic region due to the long winter season. When you visit Norway, don’t forget to try stockfish.

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Desserts and Cakes

Who will dare to say no to this!  Dessert is my favourite part of the meal.

So here are the mouth-watering desserts I had during my trip in Norway. Most of them were sourced from the local suppliers.

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
White chocolate mousse with chocolate blancmange from Mathallen in Tromsø
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Panna Cotta with Cloudberry Sauce

Cloudberries are very special and expensive fruit in the Arctic region. It’s worth it!

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Chocolate Mousse with Brown Cheese and Crowberries
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
The World’s best cake — this is the actual name of the cake! Oh yes, that was incredible!
Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Yes, this is the Stockfish ice cream

Stockfish ice cream is a mixture of the sweet blend of vanilla ice cream with the hint of stockfish. Something tastes fishy in this ice cream!

Amazing Norwegian Food to Try When You Visit Norway
Brown cheese ice cream!! A must try when you visit Norway

Cheese is always a good idea!  So Brown Cheese is one of the most loved food in Norway. The best way to describe the taste of brown cheese is a mild cheddar flavour with a hint of unsweetened caramel. A lovely accompaniment with crackers and fish fillets.

I hope you enjoyed this #foodporn article of mine.

Don’t forget to check out my other articles about my Hurtigruten Cruise in the Arctic Region of Norway.

Landscape Photos from my Hurtigruten Cruise in Norway @UKHurtigruten

My Amazing Arctic Exploration in Norway with @UKHurtigruten

How to Prepare For Your First Exploration Cruise

 

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Ryazan TristramRyazan Tristram is named after a Russian city near Moscow. The Miss Zan-shine of Everything Zany – A Photography, Lifestyle and Dual Citizen Travel Blog. She likes to travel, history, meet people & try exotic foods! Planning to explore more countries with her D.I.Y trips as a Dual Citizen (British – Filipina). Follow her travels on Facebook and Instagram.

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