Taste Norwegian beer, king crab and goats cheese with Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express

In an old fish landing depot in the center of Svolvaer, local beer enthusiast Thorvardur started Lofoten’s first brewery in 1937, with a distinctive taste that comes from mother nature.

Lofotpils brewery in Svolvaer

You can savour and sip Lofoten’s first and only microbrews with Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express from $9999* per person including flights. But hurry, you have to book Follow the Lights with Flights by August 31 2021 when the sale ends.

Come and meet Svolvaer beer afficionado, Thorvardur at Lofotpils Bryggeri – Lofoten Brewery – who will regale you with some wonderful beer tales dating back to when he established the brewery along the waterfront in Svolvaer in the 1930s. The brewery captures the unique taste of Lofoten’s wild and beautiful nature.

Learning about beer is not the only excursion you can sign up for on Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express.

King Crab adventures in winter

A fantastic day out on the sea ice, Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express will show you how to catch, prepare and most importantly, eat these giants from the Barents Sea.

What a catch

Red King Crabs can weigh up to 10 kilos and have a leg span of 1.8 meters. An experienced fisherman will take you for an unforgettable King Crab Fishing tour on a snowmobile driven sleigh, where you will slide along the Langfjord to find pots hidden beneath the frozen surface of the Barents Sea. You are welcome to help pull up the King Crab cage from the depths of the ocean.

Your guide will tell you all you want to know about these mystical creatures before returning back to where a delicious king crab meal will await you in a warm, rustic farmhouse situated right next to the fjord. The portions are generous so no one will leave the table hungry.

Crab feast

Norway is not only about its seas, it is also rich in products from the land.

The Aland family in their herb garden, Lofoten

You can find out more about Norway’s cheese when you visit Aalan Gard, a picturesque family-owned goat farm in Vestvagoy in Lofoten.

Owned and operated by Tove and Knut Aland, they became one of the very first farmers in Northern Norway to open a cheese factory and shop on their property. Visitors to their farm will meet a delightful menagerie of animals, learn about the production of goat’s cheese and sample a wide variety of award-winning cheeses including feta, halloumi and blue cheese. The farm also has a thriving herb garden which is turned into spice mixes, tea and vinegar.

Visiting a farm in Lofoten

As Hurtigruten says, good things grow, evolve and thrive under the Northern Lights.

Book Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express’ Follow the Lights with Flights from $9999* pp by 31 August 2021 to experience Norway’s coast and its wide-ranging excursions to choose from.

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