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Take a Scandication in Norway

Ready for romance, delicious food and festivals? Norway’s got you covered.

Bodø

Cultural gem within 
the arctic circle
“Arcticulation,” embracing the words “Arctic,” “art,” “culture” and “communication,” was the name conceived by Bodø for its ultimately successful bid to -become European City of Culture in 2024. Its aim is to -ensure that culture is available to -everyone, regardless of background or finances. During the City of Culture Year, you’ll be able to experience the Midsummer -Madness Festival from 22 May to 22 July, Autumn Storms, and the Arctic Lights concept from 29 November to 31 December, to name just a few.

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Street Art in Bodø

Bodø city center has some amazing street art. The art originated from the Up North Festival in 2016, when six artists from different countries were invited to put their stamp on buildings across Bodø. The beautiful spray-paint artwork is popular among both locals and tourists as they stroll around the city.

Street Art in Bodø

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Jektefartsmuseet

Jektefartsmuseet opened in June 2019 and rises high above the water in the beautiful surroundings of Bodø-sjøen. It tells the story of the trade in dried fish and other seafood caught along the coast, which was then transported to Bergen in clinker built cargo vessels called jekter. The cargo was then exported to world markets. Inside the museum is the star exhibit – a huge jekt, the Anna Karoline, complete with mast and rigging.

Jektefartsmuseet

Kvernhusveien 26, Bodø

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Sustainable accommodation

A new hotel, Svart, is being built beside Svartisen Glacier, and is due to open in 2021. It will use 85% less energy than an equivalent building. In fact, the hotel, designed to the so-called Powerhouse building standard, will be self-sufficient on its own energy and boasts a stylish rounded design opening onto the fjord.

Svart

Trondheim

Norway's new foodie destination
Trondheim may have the magnificent Nidaros Cathedral, but until a few years ago, no one came here for the food. These days, however, people make the journey for the pleasure of Michelin-standard fare.

“Trondheim has finally become a food destination,” says top chef Heidi Bjerkan from Credo restaurant, which gained a Michelin star in 2019.

The city, with 182,000 residents, now boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Fagn

When chef Jonas Nåvik opened his restaurant Fagn in Trondheim in 2017, word spread that he was a Michelin candidate in waiting. This year, the restaurant gained its first star in the prestigious guide. This intimate ground-floor restaurant has a back-to-nature feel and serves five, ten and 20-course menus that evolve with the seasons.

Fagn

Ørjaveita 4, Trondheim

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Fashionable hotel

The old Britannia Hotel in Trondheim first opened in 1870, and after closing for renovation, reopened in April 2019. The renovations are said to have cost NKr1 billion. Christian André Pettersen, who won Bronze at the 2019 Bocuse d’Or, is head chef at the hotel, while his team includes Runa Kvendseth, a member of the Norwegian National Chef Team.

Britannia Hotel

Dronningens gate 5, Trondheim

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Credo

When you eat at Heidi Bjerkan’s -Michelin-star restaurant Credo, you get a menu consisting of up to 25 dishes. This can include scallops, king crab, glazed duck, duck liver tart with plum, and black -pudding in rose petal jelly. The raw materials largely come from seafood producers, fisheries and farms in Trøndelag, and farms of Skjølberg Søndre and Fannrem in -particular.•

Credo

Ladeveien 9 , Trondheim

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Bergen

Beautiful design and architecture
Bergen may not be the biggest city in Norway, but it’s certainly the most beautiful. Wander around the beautiful timber buildings, take afternoon tea (with bubbly if you fancy it) and eat open-faced sandwiches at the five-star hotel Opus XVI. Then maybe grab a late dinner at Colonialen 44 on Oscarsgate, which serves a four-course taster menu, all based on Norwegian produce. If you’re a fashion fan, the city has plenty of great shops to choose from. One final tip – don’t forget to bring an umbrella!

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Views

Not only is Bergen blessed with beautiful buildings, the city is also ringed by majestic Norwegian nature, and an outing to view the city from on high is mandatory. Go from Ulriken via Storevarden to Fløyen. And if you want to try something unusual, it’s become trendy in recent years to sleep outdoors in a hammock at altitude. It’s quite an experience to wake up with the sun and see Bergen come to life down between the mountains.

Design

A number of innovative brands have first seen the light of day in Bergen. Kaibosh Eyewear and rainwear brands Norwegian Rain and BRGN are worth checking out. The latter two combine comfort and warmth with a sophisticated, Scandinavian look.

Design

Nikolaikirkeallmenningen 1F • kaibosh.com Chr. Michelsens gate 1 • norwegianrain.com

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Head to Austevoll

Bergen itself is stunningly beautiful, but it’s also worth taking the boat to the islands in Austevoll. One place definitely worth a visit is Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri, run by Bocuse d’Or winner Ørjan Johannessen and his family, who guarantee a warm welcome and serve wonderful food and wine.

Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri

Bekkjarvik 6, Austevoll

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