Escape on a coastal culinary adventure for 17. mai

Norway House teams up with Up Norway for custom trip of a lifetime

food

Photo: Tom Haga / Up Norway
The coastal culinary tour is all about tasting local cuisine at its very best, with the freshest of ingredients presented in ways that blend old and new.

Lori Ann Reinhall
Editor-in-chief
The Norwegian American

Unforgettable tastes, tradition-rich sights,  and new and exciting adventures in Norway: how did you find them? To make all this happen, Norway House in Minneapolis has teamed with Up Norway (see Up Norway offers new views of the old country) to craft an inspired and unique nine-day trip from the Austevoll archipelago, up the Hardangerfjord to Voss, and back to Bergen.

This unique spring travel offering the “Norwegian Coastal Cuisine and Constitution Day Tour” will take place May 11–19.

chefs

Photo: Tom Haga / Up Norway
On the Up Norway coastal culinary adventure, travelers will interact with some of Norway’s very best chefs—and enjoy their extraordinary food.

With a customized itinerary, travelers will get a curated adventure through the picturesque Hardangerfjord country to see, taste, and experience the region as Norwegians do—including cheese, cider, and beer tastings. There will be travel by boat, coach, and train, and plenty of nature adventures, including hikes and picnics are planned. Above all, there will be award-winning dining and luxury accommodations with breathtaking views. Finally, there will be charming Constitution Day celebrations steeped in traditions all their own.

hot tub

Photo: Brakanes Hotel
The trip is also about “getting away from it all.” Imagine relaxing in a hot tub along the fjord against the backdrop of majestic mountain scenery.

The nine-day itinerary includes:

  • Coastal wellness in the island kingdom of Austevoll
  • Coastal kitchen at Mirabelle, a Norwegian culinary masterpiece
  • Fanaost from Ostegården, winner of the 2019 World Cheese Awards
  • A walk on the Hardanger Cider Trail
  • A fjord cruise in Hardanger with its magical folk culture
  • Voss, including local beer history
  • Constitution Day celebration in Voss
  • Curated shopping in Bergen

Photo: Ostegården
At the Ostegården farm, you will meet cheesemaker Jørn Hafslund and team and taste their world-class awarding-winning Fana cheese.

Recently The Norwegian American talked with Torunn Tronsvang, CEO of Up Norway, about what is in store for travelers.

“This trip really offers something for everyone,” she said. “Because we are going off the beaten path, there are new things for those who have been to Norway before to discover, yet it is a perfect trip for getting to know Norway for first-time travelers there.”

Tronsvang worked closely with Norway House is crafting an itinerary to ensure that it would offer what they were looking for—and she found it to be a gratifying experience.

“When I reached out to the various parties in Norway, there was so much enthusiasm. Norway House has establish such a good reputation in Norway, and everyone was eager to be part of the experience.

Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / Elva Hotel
Travelers will get a chance to sit back and experience total comfort in luxury accommodations in spectacular settings, as here at the Elva Hotel in Voss.

“In Voss, we will be having lunch at Sylv­­smidja, maker of traditional bunad jewelry. Norway House was instrumental in helping Sylvsmidja launch in the United States, and there is strong friendship to celebrate. The group will stay in Voss for the 17th of May, where a special breakfast will be prepared for them at their hotel, Elva. The hotel has even taken out a special permit to offer them a morning glass of champagne for a festive “Skål for 17. mai!”

Another special stop will be in Bergen at the studio of Finn Erik Modahl, who created the iconic pinecone sculpture at Norway House.

waterfall

Photo: Roger Ellingsern / Statens vegvesen
Steindalsfossen near Norheimsund is only one of many natural scenic wonders to be experienced on this unique custom-designed tour.

In Bergen, there will be more luxury, comfort, and good food at the Opus XVI Hotel. The final farewell dinner will be at the celebrated seafood restaurant Frescohallen.

“This trip is designed to be feel intimate and personal,” Tronsvang said. For this reason, it is limited to 22 participants.

Spots are filling up fast. Learn more at  norwayhouse.org/travel/cuisine-constitution, or contact Max Stevenson at mstevenson@norwayhouse.org to make your booking.

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Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.