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Food in the Hardangerfjord Region

The Hardanger farmers are specialists in fruit and berries, and Hardanger is Norway’s most prolific apple and cherry faming region.

Hardanger is abundant in high-quality raw materials such as fruit, berries, lamb, calf, goat kids, red deer, reindeer, cold-water fish and seafood.

Hardanger fruit 

The climate along the fjord is ideal for growing fruit and berries. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the late spring and the light conditions, the fruit ripens slowly giving it a full flavour.  

Some 40 per cent of all Norwegian fruit is farmed in Hardanger, and the region accounts for approximately 80 per cent of the Norwegian cherry production.

A good balance between acid and sugar content is what characterises the apples farmed in Hardanger - something that makes them ideal for use in food and cider production. This is due to the favourable farming conditions provided by climate and nature. The climate is cool with excellent light conditions during the growing season. At the same time, warm and sunny summer days will ensure that sufficient levels of sugar are produced.  The cool nights will also contribute to increase in acid and sugar levels prior to the harvest. 

The Hardanger Menu 

Autumn 2004 saw the start of the project "A Taste of Fruitful Hardanger". The project aims to promote local food production, and make the products available to the general public. This means giving people the opportunity to buy directly from the producers or farm shops. For a company to use the label "Hardanger Menu" it will have to offer one or more dishes based mainly on local raw material.

The following companies offer the Hardanger Menu: 

  • Vik Pensjonat
  • Quality Hotel & Resort Vøringsfoss
  • Hardangervidda Nature Centre
  • Eidfjord Fjell & Fjord Hotel
  • Fossli Hotel
  • Rauhelleren Tourist Cabin
  • Dyranut Mountain Lodge
  • Gamlastovo Farm Restaurant
  • Åse Ysteri og Småfeprodukt
  • Kabuso
  • Strandebarm Fjordhotel
  • Steinstø Fruit Farm and Café
  • Hardangerfjord Hotell
  • Tjødnadalen Farm at Hildal
  • Tyssedal Hotel
  • Aga Tradisjonsmat
  • Ullensvang Gjesteheim
  • Kinsarvik Fjord Hotel
  • Utne Hotel
  • Eldhusloftet
  • Måge Farm Shop
  • Rica Brakanes Hotel
  • Ulvik Fjord Hotel
  • Hotel Ullensvang

Learn more about exciting recipes from Hardanger.

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Last updated:  2013-01-29
Apple cider from Hardanger in Norway - Photo: Destination Hardanger Fjord/Hardanger Meny
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Hardanger tapas, Norway - Photo: Destination Hardanger Fjord AS

Food in the Hardangerfjord Region

The Hardanger farmers are specialists in fruit and berries, and Hardanger is Norway’s most prolific apple and cherry faming region.

Food in the Hardangerfjord Region

Source: Visitnorway

About Hardanger

Key facts about the Hardangerfjord Region

Hardanger has been an important European tourist destination since the nineteenth century, and is perfect for outdoor adventures or just relaxation.

The Hardangerfjord Region

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