Hurtigruten is partnering with small Norwegian businesses to support its culinary offerings, ensuring local produce is incorporated into the on-board dining experience.
Hurtigruten and its partners, Innovation Norway and Matmerk, committed to investing in small businesses in the local – and often rural – communities that line the coast of Norway. This mutually-beneficial relationship will enable local companies to grow their businesses and will provide Hurtigruten with a consistent year-round supply of local ingredients. More than 200 local suppliers have already registered their interest and a number of new and exciting food and beverage products are being considered. Hurtigruten expects to announce its first partners in early 2014.
Suppliers will be selected first, followed by the development of seasonal menus. Each on-board dinner menu will be tailored to the seasonal delicacies of the regions in which the ships are visiting. For example, as part of the new winter dinner menu, travelers can expect to dine on a seasonal seafood buffet in the North Cape and baked ox breast with winter root vegetables in Kirkenes.
The coastal voyages run year-round between the UNESCO-listed harbor city of Bergen and the Norway/Russia border town of Kirkenes. The fleet of 11 ships visit 34 ports of call during the seven-day northbound and six-day southbound sailings, and twice each during the 12-day roundtrip.
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