Cruise Food: Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Food Coastal Kitchen for a Foodie

Norwegian food is all about the freshness, taste and their love for seafood. Norwegian food is surely one of the main reasons why you should consider visiting Norway. Let me share with you all the fantastic Norwegian food that I’ve tried while exploring the Arctic region.

Hurtigruten is proud of its 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.

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Cruise Food: Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Food Coastal Kitchen for a Foodie

Meat

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

Roast reindeer
Roast reindeer of Paleo Arctic restaurant in Thon Hotel, Lofoten

During my trip to 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.

Roast reindeer of Mathallen in Tromsø
Roast reindeer of Mathallen in Tromsø

These Reindeer 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 restaurant’s location.

Dried Reindeer Heart
Dried Reindeer Heart like a meat jerky

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 eating it, but I told myself that I have to try it. It was like beef jerky, but the flavour is so powerful and the texture rubbery.

Reindeer Sausage from Snow Hotel in Kirkenes
Reindeer Sausage from Snow Hotel in Kirkenes

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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 to Norway, I was totally overfed with seafood. I’m not complaining though! It was gorgeous and fresh!

King Crab meat of Norway
The famous King Crab meat of Norway
Salmon fillet served with sprouts and tapioca from Mathallen in Tromsø
Salmon fillet served with sprouts and tapioca from Mathallen in Tromsø
Whitefish and mash in Snow hotel Kirkenes restaurant
Whitefish and mash in Snow hotel Kirkenes restaurant
Redfish
The redfish I caught from my fishing activity around Lofoten Islands
Coalfish
The Coalfish I caught from the fishing activity around Lofoten Islands
Classic Norwegian Cod
Classic Norwegian Cod
Clipfish Stockfish
Clipfish – One type of stockfish available from the onboard deli of MS Trollfjord
Herring Caviar from Norway
Herring Caviar from Norway
Salmon Trout Caviar from Norway
Salmon Trout Caviar from Norway
Hush Puppies with Prawns
Hush Puppies with Prawns
Stockfish in Lofoten Norway
Stockfish in Lofoten, Norway

Stockfish is probably considered one of the trademarks of Norway.

The fish are hung to dry on the fish racks for a few months before their 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.

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 to Norway. Most of them were sourced from local suppliers.

White chocolate mousse with chocolate blancmange
White chocolate mousse with chocolate blancmange from Mathallen in Tromsø
Panna Cotta with Cloudberry Sauce
Panna Cotta with Cloudberry Sauce

Cloudberries are a very special and expensive fruit in the Arctic region. It is somehow similar to blackberries and raspberries.

Chocolate Mousse with Brown Cheese and Crowberries
Chocolate Mousse with Brown Cheese and Crowberries
The World's best cake from Norway
The World’s best cake — this is the actual name of the cake!
Stockfish Ice Cream from Norway
Stockfish ice cream

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

Brown Cheese Ice cream from Norway
Brown Cheese Ice cream from 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’m sure that all the foodie lovers will enjoy this cruise food highlight of the Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Food Coastal Kitchen that we had during our expedition cruise to the Arctic region of Norway.

Cruise Food Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Food Coastal Kitchen for a Foodie
Cruise Food Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Food Coastal Kitchen for a Foodie

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Ryazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also has more than 10 years of work experience gained from working in the hotel and travel sectors in Asia and Europe. Her work has been featured and published on Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Discovery Channel, World Travel Guide, MSN, CNBC, GMA, Daily Mail UK, Lonely Planet and many more. She is currently living in the UK as a dual citizen (British – Filipina). Join her in travelling around the UK and beyond with a mission to promote sustainable tourism and share travel guides, travel tips, foodies, history and culture.

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