For The Foodies
The nordic countries are renowned for their exquisite cutting edge but traditional cuisine. This blog outlines some of the places which in our vast experience which have really stood out. The Thief in Norways capital city of Oslo is a stunning and contemporary hotel which is positioned in the Thief inlet which was once a haven for smuggling and thieves but is now one the trendiest downtown areas within the city. The restaurant within the hotel specialises in nordic cuisine but with a truly global twist. Of particular merit is the roof bar and grill which allows you to enjoy stunning views over the wonderful city and beyond.
Depler Farm which sits in the remote Fljot Valley within the Troll Peninsula of Northern Iceland offers an outstanding and contemporary culinary experience and makes full use of the hotels perfect location for fresh Atlantic Sea trout, Salmon and Arctic Char. The hotel even offers a fresh food mini bar with healthy and refreshing treats for guests to enjoy. The valley sees some of the highest average levels of snowfall in the world and therefore this remote wilderness hotel is the perfect spring/summer retreat.
Octolo is one of the most exclusive and private wilderness hotels in Scandinavia and sits in the heart of remote Lapland. The hotel is a fully catered where a private chef is on hand to serve up delicious and modern nordic food. The area is blessed with ample locally available fresh ingredients which allows all meals to be tailored to your individual tastes.
The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard has become world renowned for incredible culinary experiences. Food and drink remains a large part of the culture here and includes two of Norways leading restaurants Huset and Funktionaermessen. Huset serves traditional Scandinavia food with locals ingredients and has one of Scandinavia’s largest wine cellars containing approximately 20,000 bottles. Funktionaermessen is a stunning and newly renovated restaurant with panoramic views from its first floor dining room. The restaurant is famed for its use of local ingredients such as the King Crab and dry aged beef from the surrounding area. Longyearbyen is also home to the worlds most northerly chocolaterie, Fruene.
The archipelago is best explored by boat where you can explore wild and geographical exquisite coastline however Funken lodge is one of the most popular hotels which underwent a full refurbishment in 2017 and offers modern comfort in a beautiful and historic location. The outstanding Nordenskiold Lodge at the foot of the nordenskiold Glacier is also of particular merit and due its is remote wild location offers an incredible experience of solitude and true detox from modern life.
Swedens Ice hotel in Jukkasjarvi never fails to wow our clients and many find the restaurant and veranda a warm and traditional escape form the sub zero temperatures. They source the vast majority of their menu from the local area therefore the delicacies of Moose, Reindeer and Arctic char are all on the menu and guests can choose from three specifically crafted dining experiences including the chefs table, ice dining or wilderness dinner. In fact the Icehotel is ranked as one of the top three restaurants in Swedish lapland.