Ever since the blue cheese 'Kraftkar' was voted the world's best cheese in the World Cheese Awards 2016, Norway has cemented its position as a cheese destination. When Norwegian producer Ostegården won gold for its 'Fanaost' in the 2018 awards in Bergen, the country grew in popularity as a destination for cheese lovers.
UPNORWAY has curated three trails for cheese loving visitors to follow.
Trøndelag Cheese Trail: Located in central Norway, one of the country's most fertile regions. The trail takes in the food hub of Trondheim; the scenic Inderøy Golden Route and Tingvoll dairy farm, producers of the World Champion Kraftkar cheese.
Oslo Cheese Trail: Norway's capital is known for its green spaces and panoramic fjord views. The trail introduces the Norwegian cheese revolution before heading to country towns Thorjornrud and Granavolden.
Lofoten Cheese Trail: Lofoten is an archipelago known for its dramatic scenery. Visitors meet a family of Dutch origin who make cheese from biodynamic milk and can get hands-on experience in making goat's cheese. Taste cheese with a tang of seaweed and have lunch with the family. At Hattvika, listen to local storytelling while enjoying a festive plate of stockfish, a local speciality and visit the boutique Aaland Farm and dairy where several different types of goat's cheese are made. These award-winning cheeses include a unique brown version.
About Up Norway:
Established in 2016 with a mission of delivering high quality and uniquely Norwegian experiences; the best hosts; local food and drink; a sustainable approach and a seamless journey that opens up new perspectives. Up Norway have sourced partners who share these core values. The company takes pride in offering experiences off the tourist trail and offers access to sites and stories that otherwise would be a challenge to discover. Their love and enthusiasm for Norway shine through the experiences offered. They'put guests in touch with native Norwegians who take pride in serving local cuisine, showing off their culture, from music, art and architecture to winter sports. From Viking ancestry to modern democracy, Up Norway tells the story of what has shaped today's successful, happy society based on trust and equality.
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist, travel writer and author of 11 books. My byline appears in national and regional newspapers and magazines. See website gillypickup.co.uk