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Hiking and dining

Natural food in natural surroundings
Go hiking in Norway and enjoy traditional dishes made with fresh ingredients straight from the source. We asked recognised chefs Arne Brimi and Øyvind Hjelle to lead the way to a few top quality eateries in established hiking areas.
A group of people having dinner outdoors at Brekkeseter
Brekkeseter, Høvringen.
Photo: CH / visitnorway.com

    Arne Brimi’s recommendations

  1. 1. Kongsvold Fjellstue

  2. Menu: Kongsvold Fjellstue has been serving food every summer since 1720. The menu features a wide range of local specialities, including mountain almond potatoes, grouse, and musk ox. The more casual Kroa café is known for its scrummy home-made pastries.

    Location: You’ll find the restaurant in the hiking area Dovrefjell in the municipality of Oppdal in Trøndelag. It is easily accessible just off Norway’s main road E6.

  3. 2. Bessheim Mountain Lodge

  4. Menu: Home-made three course dinner with local ingredients, often made with reindeer. The next door café offers the same quality with in-house, freshly baked bread and pastries – a tempting lunch experience that demands some hiking exercise before dinner.

    Location: Situated in the beautiful mountain passage between Valdres and Gudbrandsdalen, close to the famous hiking destination Besseggen in the Jotunheimen mountain range.

  5. 3. Nythun Mountain Hotel, Valdres

  6. Menu: Norway’s official food guide “Spis her” voted Nythun the third best food experience in the Norwegian mountains. It was also awarded silver in the highly esteemed competition Norway’s best hotel breakfast.

    Location: Situated in Valdres halfway between Oslo and Bergen, Nythun has an ideal location for hiking enthusiasts. The region is found in between lush valleys to the south and the Jotunheimen mountain range to the north.

  7. 4. Restaurant Hallingstuene, Geilo

  8. Menu: Hallingstuene serves traditional Norwegian food with a modern take. Their signature dish is Nevamat, a combination of four small dishes prepared strictly with ingredients from the mountains.

    Location: Hiking aficionados will appreciate the location in Geilo, one of Norway’s most developed mountain resorts with a reputation for luxurious holiday cabins. The train between Oslo and Bergen stops only a few metres from the restaurant.

    Øyvind Hjelle’s recommendations

  1. 1. Restaurant Karoline, Nusfjord

  2. Menu: Named after a fishing boat and housed in a former dried fish store, Karoline serves food that reflects Lofoten’s traditions in a credible manner. Cod tongue is amongst its specialities.

    Location: The home of Karoline is the well-preserved fishing community Nusfjord, located in the popular hiking area of western Lofoten.

  3. 2. Mogen Turisthytte, Vinje

  4. Menu: All meals are based on locally harvested ingredients. You can literally taste the distinctiveness of the landscape. The menu is set and remains a secret until all guests are seated.

    Location: The lodge is known as a gateway to the endless hiking possibilities of Hardangervidda. It is also of historical interest as it is one of the oldest lodges in the area. The nearby lake Møsvatn offers boat trips with lunch included.

  5. 3. Bios café, Nordreisa

  6. Menu: Bios started out in the middle of the 1960s as an eatery for locals and travellers. It has been voted “the best place to eat by the road” by the official Ganefart association.

    Location: Bios is perfectly located for coastal hiking in Nordreisa, a community in the county of Troms in Northern Norway. It is only a short distance from the E6.

  7. 4. Vianvang, Lom

  8. Menu: Expect a strong focus on the cultural heritage of the mountains all the way back to the Stone Age, mixed with modern European cuisine. Vianvang is run by the celebrity chef Arne Brimi, who is usually present during the meals. The restaurant’s name is an ancient Norwegian word for mountain queen.

    Location: Vianvang is perfectly situated between the iconic Jotunheimen and Rondane mountain ranges in the municipalities of Vågå and Lom. For more information, please contact Vianvang.


    Photo: Brimi.no
Seasons in the mountains

Summer is the time for hiking across expansive plains and up to dramatic peaks. A high season for hiking, the most popular trails can be a bit crowded.

In autumn, nature is busy preparing for winter. The landscape glows in red and yellow, and the air is clean and crisp. It’s a time for picking cloudberries and blueberries, and hunting grouse and reindeer.

In winter, much of Norway is usually transformed into a snow‐clad paradise, but harsh winters can be both dark and cold in places. Winter is the longest of the mountain seasons

When spring arrives, nature comes back to life, once again enticing visitors to explore the mountains and valleys on foot or from the saddle, and to fish in the countless mountain lakes.

Safety in the mountains

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Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.

2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.

3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.

4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.

5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.

6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.

7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.

8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.

9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

Plan your hike

Read more about the eateries and find out where you would like to go.

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Vianvang is run by the celebrity chef Arne Brimi, who is usually present during the meals.
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