A culinary indulgence in the midst of spectacular Norwegian landscapes. While on the trail of sustainable foods, you will be conducted on an unforgettable journey around fjords, mountains, farmland and coastline.
Season: Primary season May to October, variations available all year. Can be tailored to your palate and desires.
Highlights: Daily culinary experiences in the Trøndelag region, tastings and lectures on aquavit, microbrews, salmon farming, sustainable food production and the history of Norwegian food heritage. Raw nature on the coast and in the mountains. Charming boutique hotel stays and visits to historical sights such as the Nidaros Cathedral, Tautra monastery and UNESCO heritage site Røros.
Price: €1335 / $1420 /NOK 12 000 *Based on 2 people travelling together. Includes 9 nights twin room accommodation with breakfast; 4-course gourmet dinner at To Rom og Kjøkken; Beer tasting and Shellfish feast at Ansnes Brygger; 4-course Aquavit menu, lecture and tasting at Ørland Costal Hotel; Seafood lunch and intro to local foraging at Stokkøya Sjøsenter; traditional dinners at Husfrua and Klostergården farm hotels; 3-course seasonal dinner and 'matpakke' at Vertshuset Røros. Entry to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim; guided tour to a fish farm at Hitra and Røros Food Safari. *Rental car can be arranged if needed at additional cost.
DAY 1: trondheim
Walking Tour of mid-Norway’s Cultural Centre
Surrounded by countless small- and large scale food producers, Trondheim is the city in Norway with the strongest focus on local food. Start the day with a stroll in picturesque old town Bakklandet with its colourful wooden houses, cafes and small shops. While in the city, do not miss your chance to visit the largest medieval cathedral in the North, Nidarosdomen, which has been a pilgrimage site for nearly 1000 years. 4-course dinner with wine matching at To Rom og Kjøkken (Two rooms and Kitchen); specialising in French inspired food based on produce from the Trøndelag region. Overnight at Scandic Nidelven - the hotel which officially holds the status of Norway's best breakfast!
DAY 2: Trondheim – HITRA
Deep immersion in aquaculture and coastal heritage
Wake up to a real farmhouse breakfast and freshly made coffee. A two-hour drive takes you from the mainland to wild and charming Hitra island. Here, guides from The coastal museum in Trøndelag will take you out in a boat to visit a fully operational fish farm. Learn about modern coastal history and Norwegian aquaculture. Check in at Ansnes Brygger, where Chef Ola and his team will serve up with some of the freshest seafood imaginable. Relax and unwind in the outdoor jacuzzi before a first class shellfish dinner in ‘Kroa’, accompanied with brews from Ansnes’ own microbrewery.
DAY 3: hitra & FRØYA COASTAL ROAMING
An incomparable adventure in local food
Based on your preferences, we will help you plan your day in this undiscovered food paradise. Try your luck at wild salmon fishing or go diving in the crystal-clear waters to fetch mussels and scallops. Visit local producers to taste, sample and learn. Hitra has its own processing factories for seaweed and crab and a renowned salmon smokery. The island is home to one of Europe’s largest deer herds and wild sheep. Here are cheese producers and small scale producers of delicacies such as ‘Fenalår’ and ‘Spekepølse’ made from mutton and game. A foodie adventure.
DAY 4: ANSNES – Ørland
4-course Aquavit Menu by the Fjord
A two and a half hour drive including one ferry transfer takes you across to the neighbouring island. Check in at the Ørland Kysthotell (Ørland Coastal Hotel), beautifully situated right by the water. The hotel is one of 21 places in Norway authorised for serving Norwegian cask-matured aquavit. This evening you will be taken on a tasteful journey through the history of this famous Scandinavian spirit. Enjoy a specially designed 4-course menu featuring aquavit as a central element throughout.
DAY 5: ØRLAND – stokkøya
Dead End to Design & Architecture by the sea
Prepare to be amazed by the road and landscape leading to Stokkøya Sjøsenter – a true pearl of the coast. The philosophy of the place is based on the wish of two of the owners, Torild and Joar, to combine the elements of nature, architecture, food and activity. Here you will be introduced to the concept of ‘matauk’: foraging produce from the sea. After a signature mussel lunch in Strandbaren (The Beach Bar), spend the afternoon and evening at leisure; walk or cycle to admire the urban architecture and coastal landscape, kayak along the sandy beach, try the hot tub, or simply laze by the sea.
DAY 6: STOKKØYA – inderøy
The Golden Road: The Toscana of Trøndelag & Detour to Great Experiences
The last part of the three hour drive to Husfrua Gårdshotell takes you on half of the Golden Road. The Golden Road is a detour filled with experiences themed around sustainable foods (and beer!) and handicrafts. We will guide you to the best places to visit along the way and make sure you don’t miss places such as Øyna before locating your home for the night; Husfrua Country Farm Hotel. The hotel is located in rural surroundings with a panoramic view of the Trondheim fjord.
DAY 7: inDerøy – frosta
Monks, nuns, ruins and birds in Trøndelag's Kitchen Garden
Continue to explore the Golden Road by foot, bicycle or car. Visit attractions such as the farm based cheese and ice cream producer Gangstad, Gulburet farm and gallery specialised in regional food and weaving. When satisfied, continue the journey to Frosta, a peninsula in the Trondheim Fjord referred to as ‘Trondheim’s Kitchen Garden’ due to its fertile soil. Klostergården Hotel has its name from the island’s monastery heritage. Walk around the Tautra Monastery Ruins and Mariakloster, experience the rich bird life and beautiful nature. And last but not least, enjoy Klostergården's own local produce, homebrewed beer and whisky.
DAY 8: frosta – røros (3 hrs)
From Coast to Mountains
The three and a half hour drive to UNESCO heritage village Røros involves a complete change of scenery as you are now taken into the mountain region of Trøndelag. Røros is one of the oldest towns featuring wooden buildings in Europe, founded in 1644 when copper ore was discovered in the area. Today, Røros is a living museum and a quality-stamped ‘Sustainable Destination’, working systematically to reduce the environmental impact of tourism while preserving the town's history, character and nature. Last but not least, Røros is known as one of Norway’s leading regions for locally produced foods. Dinner and overnight at Vertshuset Røros - the perfect base to explore Røros by foot.
DAY 9: unesco heritage site Røros
End the journey with a highlight: Local Food Safari
Venture out on a guided food safari in the sustainable food capital of Norway, where the finest farm produce – cheese, meat, beer, etc. – will be on the menu. You will experience the genuine flavours of the Røros region, while visiting food producers on farms and at restaurants. Local food history will form the centre of the experience, but the countryside and the atmosphere of this remote old mining town is definitely also something to savour. The streets of Røros, the old mining factory and Røros church are attractions worth seeing before leaving the next day.
DAY 10: Røros – Trondheim
All good things come to an end
It doesn’t get more Norwegian than a morning hike in the mountains with a wholesome ‘matpakke’ (Norwegian style packed sandwich). Make your own at breakfast, and venture out before returning to where the journey started. We will recommend a hike suited to your preferences, the perfect activity before getting in the car and continuing on the two and a half hour drive back to Trondheim. After all, nothing tastes better than a hunk of Norwegian milk chocolate in the fresh mountain air.