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Food and Drink

If you’re visiting Norway for the first time you might be wondering what the Norwegian cuisine is like. Go Fjords has put together a list of food and drink for you to try on your travels so that you can get a true taste of Norway.

    So, what is Norwegian food like? Well, the countries wild and open landscape means that food is usually organic and extremely fresh. While food preferences and favourites vary across different parts of the country, the focus tends to be on high-quality meat such as lamb, reindeer and grouse. Norway is the second largest seafood exporter in the world, so it’s no surprise that fish plays a huge part in traditional Norwegian cuisine. If you want to try traditional food, we recommend that you keep your eyes open for the following dishes:

    Smoked Salmon

    Norway is renowned for the intense flavour and quality of its smoked salmon. Silky in texture and salty in taste, you’ll see this must-try favourite on menus everywhere. Northern Norway’s long coastline is famous for providing the finest seafood, and salmon is no exception. Once you taste it, you’ll really appreciate why it is superior.

    Stockfish

    Norwegians pride themselves on Stockfisk, a traditional dish that has been part of Norway’s culture for thousands of years. Stockfish is unsalted dried fish (mainly cod or white fish) that has been preserved. For many years, air dried cod was one of Norway’s biggest exports.

    Kjøttboller (Meatballs)

    Kjøttboller is traditional meatballs made in Norway, similar to Swedish meatballs. Lager in size than your usual meatballs, they are made with minced beef and normally shaped as meat patties. Kjøttboller is usually pan-fried and served in a cream sauce or thick gravy.

    Fårikål

    Fårikål is considered the national dish of Norway. It is a dish that comprises of mutton, cabbage, black pepper and white flour. It is cooked slowly for several hours as a casserole and is usually served with boiled potatoes. It is most commonly found in the west coast area of the country.

    Krumkake

    A Krumkake is a Norwegian waffle cookie that is rolled into a small cone. Made from flour, butter, eggs, sugar and cream, they are usually eaten around Christmas time.

    Pinnekjøtt

    Pinnekjøtt, also referred to as “stick meat,” is the Norwegian version of lamb ribs- and it’s beautiful! This festive treat consists of flavoursome lamb that is salty, rich, chewy and mouthwateringly tender. Pinnekjøtt undergoes a curing process, with the rack of ribs dried and salted for 6-8 weeks.

    Pølse

    Pølse is Norway’s version of a hot dog and is a firm favourite. It’s the ultimate comfort food and you won’t get far in Norway without seeing a hotdog stall- especially in Oslo! The good news is that Pølse is a cheap snack, perfect when you’re a tourist on the move.

    Smalahove

    Smalahove is another festive recipe eaten in Norway. Smalahove is sheep’s head that has been soaked in water and brine for 48 hours and then boiled. It is traditionally served with mashed potatoes and rutabaga (swede) and is probably most popular in the Voss municipality in Hordaland county of Western Norway.

    Finnbiff

    Finnbiff is a traditional stew that is made from reindeer meat, bacon and mushrooms that have been boiled to form a rich stock. Juniper berries, sour cream, thyme, milk and brown goats cheese are then added. The luxurious Finnbiff dish has long been part of Norwegian culture, so it’s a must-try when you visit.

    Brunost

    Brunost is described as brown cheese with a sweet caramel taste. It is made from the whey of goat’s milk that has been boiled down. Boiling caramelises the sugars and when this cools, you are left with Brunost. It is commonly eaten with a crispbread or on top of waffles.

    Potato Lefse

    Lefse looks a bit like a flatbread and is made from mashed potato and flour. Lefse can be eaten with sweet or savoury accompaniments. For example, some people eat them with butter and sugar, or perhaps jam or Nutella. Others have them for lunch with savoury fillings such as tuna, chicken or deli meats.

    Bergensk Fiskesuppe

    Bergen is known for its popular fish market and its delicious fish soup. Made from the finest fish and mixed with milk or cream and root vegetables, Bergensk Fiskesuppe is hearty and rich in flavour. It’s best served with crusty bread and plenty of butter.

    Vafler (Waffles)

    Vafler are homemade heart-shaped waffles that are served as dessert in Norway. They are much sweeter than American waffles and are usually served with jam or brunost.

    Alcoholic Drinks to try in Norway

    Aquavit

    Much like vodka, aquavit is distilled from grain or potato. However, it is heavily spiced with caraway and other strong flavours such as anise and fennel. Aquavit is considered a favourite in Scandinavian countries.

    Mead

    Mead, or “honey wine,” is often present in many Scandinavian celebrations and dates back to the Vikings.

    Gløgg

    Gløgg is the Norwegian version of mulled wine and is flavoured with brandy, almonds, raisins and spices.

    Vikingfjord Vodka

    Vikingfjord is considered to be Norway’s best brand of vodka. It is made from the clear glacier waters of Jostedalsbreen and is the smoothest vodka you’ll ever taste.

    Cost of food in Norway

    It’s no secret that Norway is an expensive place to visit (but worth every penny!) It can be difficult to know how much food and drink will cost, so to give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve taken data from www.numbeo.com.

    Cost of Food and Drink in Oslo

    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: NOK 159.50 / EUR 16.36 / GBP 14.74 / USD 18.60

    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course: NOK 789.50 / EUR 81.00 / GBP 72.97 / USD 92.07

    McMeal at McDonald's (or Equivalent Combo Meal): NOK 110.00 / EUR 11.29 / GBP 10.17 / USD 12.83

    Domestic Beer (0.5-litre draught): NOK 85.00 / EUR 8.72 / GBP 7.86 / USD 9.91

    Imported Beer (0.33- litre bottle): NOK 80.00 / EUR 8.21 / GBP 7.39 / USD 9.33

    Cappuccino (regular): NOK 38.41 / EUR 3.94 / GBP 3.55 / USD 4.48

    Coke/Pepsi (0.33-litre bottle): NOK 27.21 / EUR 2.79 / GBP 2.52 / USD 3.17

    Water (0.33-litre bottle): NOK 22.88 / EUR 2.35 / GBP 2.11 / USD 2.67

    Cost of Food and Drink in Bergen

    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: NOK 175.00 / EUR 17.95 / GBP 16.17 / USD 20.41

    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course: NOK 800.00 / EUR 82.08 / GBP 73.94 / USD 93.29

    McMeal at McDonald's (or Equivalent Combo Meal): NOK 100.00 / EUR 10.26 / GBP 9.24 / USD 11.66

    Domestic Beer (0.5-litre draught): NOK 80.00 / EUR 8.21 / GBP 7.39 / USD 9.33

    Imported Beer (0.33- litre bottle): NOK 80.00 / EUR 8.21 / GBP 7.39 / USD 9.33

    Cappuccino (regular): NOK 39.55 / EUR 4.06 / GBP 3.66 / USD 4.61

    Coke/Pepsi (0.33-litre bottle): NOK 27.93 / EUR 2.87 / GBP 2.58 / USD 3.26

    Water (0.33-litre bottle): NOK 23.87 / EUR 2.45 / GBP 2.21 / USD 2.78

    Cost of Food and Drink in Stavanger

    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: NOK 200.00 / EUR 20.52 / GBP 18.49 / USD 20.41

    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course: NOK 849.00 / EUR 87.16 / GBP 78.52 / USD 93.29

    McMeal at McDonald's (or Equivalent Combo Meal): NOK 120.00 / EUR 12.31 / GBP 11.09 / USD 11.66

    Domestic Beer (0.5-litre draught): NOK 80.00 / EUR 8.21 / GBP 7.39 / USD 9.33

    Imported Beer (0.33- litre bottle): NOK 80.00 / EUR 8.21 / GBP 7.39 / USD 9.33

    Cappuccino (regular): NOK 45.57 / EUR 4.68 / GBP 4.21 / USD 4.61

    Coke/Pepsi (0.33-litre bottle): NOK 32.00 / EUR 3.28 / GBP 2.96 / USD 3.26

    Water (0.33-litre bottle): NOK 26.22 / EUR 2.69 / GBP 2.42 / USD 2.78