After all that fresh air you’ll have worked up an appetite. Thankfully, Norway’s seasonal cuisine is deliciously hearty and warming. Think rich mutton and cabbage stew, or fårikål. Meaty, yet delicate halibut and Norway’s best kept secret, coalfish. Restaurants all over the country make the most of the season’s produce, and there’s plenty for you to choose from.
Top tip: Autumn is a great time to go foraging for berries and mushrooms. In almost every marsh in Northern Norway, you’ll find an abundance of cloudberries – a local staple used in cakes and desserts. And as mushrooms aren’t a huge part of the Norwegian diet, there’s plenty to go around. Just make sure you know your tasty chanterelles from your Deadly webcap, as the two often grow in the same places.
Along the west coast, you won’t be short of places to sample local seafood. At XL Diner in Ålesund, the chefs stroll down to the harbour every morning to bring back the finest fish for the kitchen. Recognised as Europe’s best bacalao restaurant, its trophy catches line the entrance, salt-encrusted and inviting.
While you’re in Norway, be sure to sample the season’s best game. Though hard to find, grouse is a lean, delicious meat bursting with flavour. But most are eaten by the hunters, so it’s only available in select restaurants. For an autumnal treat that’s easier to come by, try a reindeer steak served with rich sauces, juniper berries and earthy vegetables after a long day hiking through the mountains.