Norway, a Nordic country located in Scandinavia, is a dreamland of many travel enthusiasts. I did work on some research about this country for my next trip there. Here is something I want to share with you and hope you can find some inspiration about your next trip. Who knows, maybe we have a chance to meet each other on the road.

The world’s largest underwater restaurant at Spangereid in Lindesnes, Under

Let’s start from Southern Norway. As the name indicates, there will be a unique, award-winning architect waiting for you at the southern tip of Norway. It’s not only a simple restaurant but also a piece of art and even a new symbol of Norway.

In the effect picture of the restaurant, half of the building is submerged in the water, and guests will gain a good panoramic view of the blue Norwegian sea through a monumental glass wall. You would be stunned by the mother nature when the rough water was spanking the window.

I believe that the building is a treat for architecture enthusiasts. Innovative, big, original… You can never overdo the description of the building. Here are some facts to prove the point:

  • In fact, Under will be the world’s largest underwater restaurant with seating capacity for 100 guests. This is something the whole of Norway can be proud of.
  • This wonder at Lindesnes will also be the first underwater restaurant in Europe.
  • Several research environments that are focused on the development of knowledge within marine biology are involved so as to provide guests with an enhanced experience. 

Apart from the building itself, the food is a highlight, too. After all, it’s a restaurant based in the famous seafood origin. Locally caught fish, seabirds and wild sheep would appear on the menu, which means that these ingredients would be as fresh as the creature swimming out of the glass window.

The head chef at Under is named Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen, and that means that the food is something to look forward to. Pedersen was formerly the head chef at the acclaimed gourmet restaurant “Måltid” in Kristiansand city center. In a video, he talks about his philosophy of cooking:

Under’s chief talking about cooking philosophy

The restaurant has opened in spring 2019. Make a reservation ahead if you plan to visit the new landmark of Norway.

The cheapest fish restaurant in Oslo, Fiskeriet

As we all know, fancy restaurants can be extremely enjoyable but expensive. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on food, but eager to taste the authentic Norwegian seafood, Fiskeriet is your choice. Price doesn’t mean anything. Fiskeriet is a flesh example.

Fiskeriet is centrally located in downtown Oslo at the Youngstorget square in the Folk Theatre building. Fiskeriet is the name of the combined restaurant and fishmonger. At the Fiskeriet there is a window seat as if it was a coffee shop. Gaze at life at Youngstorget while you munch on the freshest of fish to catch. From a kitchen the size of a small toilet, the loveliest dishes appear. The menu is short with Nordic dishes such as bacalao, shrimps with mayonnaise and fish soup. In addition, there is always mussels and probably the best fish and chips in town. If you love smoked fish Fiskeriet has their own smokery. This is one of the best value restaurants in Oslo, and if you choose the takeaway it is simply a bargain.

Bacalao from Fiskeriet, the best fish restaurant in Oslo

Bacalao is a unique Nordic stew with sturdy Nordic ingredients such as potatoes and dried and salted cod. Add to those tomatoes, black olives, red chili and garlic, and the result is the most foreign Norwegian dish you will ever find on our table. But One important thing I need to remind you is that the venue doesn’t take table booking.

Read Raphael R.‘s review of Fiskeriet on Yelp

Eco-cabin resort on an island in the Arctic Circle, Manshausen

Back to North Norway, the 55-acre private island is situated high above the Arctic Circle in the Grøtøya strait, close to the small village of Nordskot. Access to the island is from the city of Bødo from where the Hurtibåten (speed boat ferry) sails to Nordskot daily taking approximately 1.5 hours.

Manshausen’s location offers a rich year-round environment for adventure enthusiasts and explorers. The award-winning sea cabins designed by Snore Stinessen offer chic Nordic design, spacious accommodations and stunning views over fjord and mountains. The main house serves as the social hub featuring an open kitchen and dining room, lounge to relax, library, plus the expedition loft and conference room.

Fresh seafood is abundant with seasonal produce sourced from local fishermen, farmers and organic producers whenever possible.

Manshausen is an adventure paradise. Offshore there’s sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving in the protected local waters and island hopping is possible sailing on Børge’s 31-foot trimaran ‘Northern Passage’. Fishing has always been important to Manshausen with migrating cod, Halibut, Mackerel, and Pollack being the most common species found in around the islands.

On land, there’s climbing on red granite at Nordskot (vertical walls are typically 20-30 meters), rappelling, caving at Resshola (the 180 meters long Troll Cave), target shooting, hiking from Nordskot and on the islands of Måløya and Grøtøya. From March through April alpine skiing is possible in the mountains surrounding Steigen (700-1000 meters) including ship-to-shore access for more remote island summits. Book your cabin if you need a place to enjoy nature.

The city of the aurora, Alta

Alta is a modern city of 20,000 people found in a secluded and protected pine-clad valley at 70 degrees north, surrounded by arctic tundra and mountains. Found directly under the northern lights oval, Alta enjoys a stable inland climate with plenty of clear skies that allow Aurora to appear most nights. In fact, the first modern studies of the northern lights started here.

Light, powdery snow is virtually guaranteed all winter, and the conditions for dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling and riding a fatbike (off-road bike with oversized tires) are excellent. Short trips, as well as longer treks, are available an perfect for experiencing the snowy landscape and the crisp colors of the arctic daylight or to look for the northern lights at night.

Specialised northern lights chasers go much further, either to the Arctic coast or to the vast, largely empty Finnmark plateau in the south by bus, thus increasing their chances to see the lights.

Best place to do whale watching, Tromsø

When it comes to Norway, Northern lights seems to be everything. Actually, Norway builds its name from more. Every year thousands of tourists come to this Scandinavian country to do some whale watching.

Whale jumping out of the sea

There are a lot of different whale species in Norway. Humpbacks, killer whales, porpoises, sperm whales, minke whales, blue whales and many more. You might think that it’s impossible to miss these giant marine mammals, but nothing is less true!

The sea around Norway is vast and the animals don’t always feel like showing off. You should therefore definitely take certain periods into account if you want to do some whale watching in Norway.

Depending on the period in which you go, the type of boat you choose and the region where you do it you pay between $150/£111/€125 and $225/£166/€188 per person. This price usually includes transport to the location, an interesting guide, a hot drink, and a small meal/soup. Expensive, but an experience to never forget!

From late October to mid-January you’ll have an almost 100% chance of seeing whales in Norway. The animals are spread out from the Lofoten to Andøya (Tromsø region). During these months there are a lot of whale-watching safaris going on in Norway.

In the open sea, it’s very difficult to see whales and orcas. You’ll get the best chances in between the fjords where there is a lot of fish on which the whales can hunt. Tromsø is definitely one of the best places to meet these lovely creatures.

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