Local produce from Helgøya island Photo: Hovelsrud gård
Fresh food in lush landscapes
Join us for a journey in lush landscapes, with green meadows and abundant gardens where you experience tasty and delicious Norwegian ingredients directly from the farmer himself. Our journey to Norwegian farms, local producers and charming hotels gives a valuable break in a busy everyday life.
For five days you can enjoy yourself among large farms on Helgøya on the shores of Lake Mjøsa and enjoy the fresh air and quietness under the steep mountains of Jotunheimen. During this journey you will visit local farms with local produce, visit rewarded producers of the famous Norwegian rakfisk (fermented fish), experience charming Helgøya with its lush landscape, taste the traditional Norwegian liquor Aquavit and get a variety of local tastes (cheese, ham, sausage, fruits, berries).
A lazy day visiting farms in idyllic surroundings. Take in the beauty and the golden fields on the shores of lake Mjøsa.
Photo: Allium. Øyvind Wold
Local tastes and traditions. We will experience the Norwegian tradition fermented fish (rakfisk) in one of the fisheries in Valdres. Nordaker Rakfisk has won several awards for their production.
From the fishery at Nordaker Farm. Photo: Nordaker Rakfisk
The mountains are waiting. The friendly hosts at Gomobu mountain lodge welcome you to the mountains. Here we enjoy the nature and all it offers.
Views of the mountains. Photo: Gomobu Fjellstue
Get to know the Norwegian traditional liquor aquavit and Atlungstad distillery's 150 year old history.
From the aquavit tasting at Atlungstad Distillery. Photo: Atlungstad Distillery
Hand-picked pearls of eastern Norway
We have carefully chosen places and sights that is worth a visit. Explore our chosen, recommended pearls of eastern Norway in the map below.
Below you'll find our recommendations for this itinerary marked in red. White markers shows you other possibilities and their location.
Local tastes and traditions
Day by day
5 days and 4 nights
Oslo / Hamar / Helgøya / Valdres / Hallingdal
- Wood Hotel by Frich's
- Gomobu fjellstue
- Kleivstua Forest Hotel
- Single rooms
- Transportation in comfy tour bus/coach
- 4 nights in double room incl.breakfast
- Lunch and dinner according to programme
- Entrance to attractions mentioned
- Aquavit tasting
Wood Hotel by Frich's. Photo: Sven Erik Hoff - Frich's Management AS
day 1: Oslo - Brumunddal
The world's tallest wooden building
Arrival at Oslo airport from your home country. We drive directly to the Hamar region 1 hour north of Oslo. Check in at Wood Hotel by Frisch's, newly opened in 2019. The hotel is the world's tallest wooden building with its 18 floors. In beautiful surroundings by the shores of Lake Mjøsa, you wake up refreshed and ready for good experiences. Dinner at the hotel in the evening. Aquavit tasting after dinner.
Atlungstad brenneri, Stange Photo: Atlungstad brenneri
Day 2: Atlungstad - Helgøya
Local tastes and cultural experiences
Today, local tastes and cultural experiences are in focus. We start the day by visiting the Atlungstad Distillery. This is a unique cultural site where you get to experience Norwegian industrial architecture, the distillery history and Norwegian aquavit production for the past 150 years. We follow the process from the moment the potato enters the building and until the precious drops are bottled. Guided tour.
The beautiful farms are our next destination, and we go to Helgøya in Ringsaker for a visit to one of the farms. It is like a fairy tale, you enter the world of farm luxury. We also stop by Hovelsrud farm for a visit to the farm shop. Possibilities for a local guide on Helgøya.
Småvesen beer brewery Photo: Småvesen
Day 3: Brumunddal - Gjøvik - Valdres
Microbrewery and fermented fish
We travel from Brumunddal via Gjøvik to Valdres. Valdres has become the center for Rakfisk production in Norway. Rakfisk is fermented fish. The history of the rakfisk dates to the Middle Ages. Rakfisk is part of the old, Norwegian food culture that made it possible to preserve fish for the winter. We visit the producer Noraker Gård and their neighbour Små Vesen microbrewery.
We have lunch at Munkekroa in Valdres folk museum, before we check in at Gomobu Fjellstue. At Gomobu we enjoy high mountain views and delicious fresh mountain air before we go to the table for an exciting dinner. Gomobu's chef has a passion for traditional food. The menu varies according to the season and the chefs combine traditional dishes with modern flavours.
Kleivstua Forest Hotel Photo: Kleivstua
Day 4: Valdres - Hallingdal - Ringerike
Mountain farms and cheese production
We travel through beautiful mountain scenery from Vaset in Valdres to Hallingdal where we visit Ostebygda Hol (the Cheese Village). We visit two of the producers and have lunch here in the cheese village. We will make a stop in Hønefoss, at Humbar for a taste of their local beer, brewed in their own brewery, Humbrygg. The trip contiues to Kleivstua Forest Hotel for accomodation, a beautiful forest hotel with a magnificent location. Dinner in the evening.
Hadeland Glassverk. Photo: Visit Norway
Day 5: Hadeland - Oslo airport for departure to your home country
Wake up to the sounds of forest life, refreshed and satisfied after good days and experiences. From Kleivstua we return to Oslo Airport Gardermoen for your travel home.
If departure times allow us, we will visit the famous Hadeland Glassverk in the morning before travelling to the airport.
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