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Natural food in natural surroundings

Go hiking in Norway and enjoy traditional dishes made with fresh ingredients straight from the source. Both Norwegians and visitors show increasing interest in and enthusiasm for local produce in the mountains. We asked recognised chefs Arne Brimi and Øyvind Hjelle to lead the way to a few top quality eateries in established hiking areas.

Arne Brimi's recommendations:

1. Kongsvold Fjellstue 

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 will find the restaurant in the hiking paradise Dovrefjell in the county of Oppdal. It is easily accessible just off Norway’s main road the E6, which is a rather calm, two way-lane route in this part of the country. 


2. Bessheim Mountain Lodge

Menu:

Home-made three course dinner with local ingredients, often made with reindeer. The next door café offers the same quality level 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. 


3. Nythun Mountain Hotel, Valdres

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 the lush valleys to the south and Jotunheimen’s mountain range in the north.


4. Restaurant Hallingstuene, Geilo

Menu:

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

Location:

Hiking aficionados will appreciate the location in the heart of 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. Restaurant Karoline, Nusfjord

Menu:

Named after a fishing boat and housed in a former dried fish store, the food at Karoline reflects Lofoten’s traditions in a credible manner. Cod tongue is among its specialities.

Location:

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


2. Mogen Turisthytte, Vinje

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.


3. Bios café, Nordreisa

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, Norway’s main road link between the southern and the northern parts of the country. For more information, please contact Bios Café.

Bios Cafe
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Bios Cafe.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

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Bios Cafe.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

4. Vianvang, Lom

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 has an ideal location for hikers, in between the iconic Jotunheimen and Rondane mountain ranges in the municipality of Vågå and Lom.  For more information, please contact Vianvang

Vianvang
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Vianvang.
Photo: Brimi.no

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Vianvang.
Photo: Brimi.no

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