Welcome to the oslo region - the norwegian foodregion
The counties of Østfold, Vestfold and Akershus surround the Norwegian Capital of Oslo, forming a region which provides great variety in terms of experiencing nature as well as local arts, culture and food. You will find quiet forests for sports and recreation – as well as lakes full of fish, blossoming agricultural areas, and a coast stretching from Sweden all the way up the Oslofjord to the Capital. All these natural resources is what we call "Our rich and natural local Pantry".
Distance is short from quiet villages and countryside to lively cities. In all these cities – and the region as a whole you will find establishments serving local produce and regional specialties as well as information on local sights, museums, activities and culture.
We have made it easy for anyone who wants to enjoy food from our region. Our local food network Regional Matkultur Oslofjord/Culinary Heritage Oslofjord consisting of around 60 restaurants, cafes, hotels, farm shops, and producers work together to promote and serve local produce. Regional Matkultur is a European concept – comprising 46 regions where all regions share the same ambition of providing visitors with their regional produce and food specialties. All members in all countries share the logo which guarantees quality and guides the way. Watch out for the Chef's White Hat; our international logo – it ensures a great food experience. More info on our multilingual website here - Culinary Heritage Oslofjord .We are working together with the touristboards in the Oslo region and below you can find more information about this region.
Oslo is the capital of Norway, located at the end of the Oslofjord. Oslo is a special capital compared with other captials. It is unique because of its compact city centre, location by the sea and close proximity to large forest areas which fits well to many different recreational activities. Oslo has a vide variety of different attractions to visit and activities to do. Visit The Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy just outside Oslo to take at look at the worlds best preserved viking ship or take the Metro to the Holmenkollen ski jump. In the city centre you can visit the opera house which is renowned for its architecture or visit the Nobel Peace Centre.
The Munch Museum
Photos: The Munch Museum
Edvard Munch himself initiated a discussion about a future Munch Museum with Jens Thiis, the director of the National Gallery, back in 1927. The City of Oslo made its decision to build a Munch Museum in 1946. Discussions about where to locate it started from day one. Should it be placed in the Vigeland Park in the Frogner District or downtown behind the Royal Palace? Or maybe it should be built at Grünerløkka, where the artist had spent important years of his childhood?
In the mid-1950s the Oslo City Council decided to build the museum in Tøyen in eastern Oslo. In May 1963, a hundred years after the artist's birth, the museum opened in architects Gunnar Fougner and Einar Myklebust's – by contemporary standards – very modern building. Visit The Munch Museum website http://munchmuseet.no/en/
The Norwegian Opera
Photos: Erik Berg
Since the opening, pictures of the angular architecture seemingly arising from the waters of Oslo Fjord have become known around the world and today are considered the keystone signature of the Oslo Opera House. This was precisely the intention of the firm of architects behind this iconic design, Snøhetta, which wanted to make the roof a platform accessible to all and in so doing create a new public space in the centre of Oslo. A parallel wish was to create a new landscape that would draw together the natural beauty of Oslo Fjord and the city. The Snøhetta architects used three main materials in designing Oslo Opera House: stone, wood and metal. The principal stone used in the construction is the characteristic white marble from Carrara in Italy. The wood used in the foyer, public galleries and the Main House is oak, while the metal facades on the roof are aluminium. In addition, the design makes extensive use of large glass facades. Visit The Norwegian Opera website https://operaen.no/en/
Akershus encircles Oslo. The county has the best from two worlds - the urban life because of the close location to Oslo and the rural life. It is just 20-30 minutes drive from Oslo to the countryside. This makes Akershus very attractive for both inhabitants and tourists with both urban and "rural" activities and attractions. Akershus is by the way the largest grain production county in Norway. Gardermoen airport (Oslo airport) is also located in Akershus. In Lillestrøm (neighbour city north of Oslo) you will for example find Norway Trade Fairs a meeting place for businesses from all over the world. If you are looking for attractions there are plenty to see, for example Oscarsborg fortress - the fortress that sank the German cruiser Blücher during the German invasion of Norway in 1940. You can easy access Akershus from Oslo or from Gardermoen airport - see more about transportation here - how to get to the Oslo region. Below we have listed two places to visit in Akershus, but there are several other places to see and activities to do in Akershus. Check Akershus tourist board website for more info.
As the place where the Norwegian Constitution was drawn up and signed in 1814, Eidsvoll Manor House is one of Norway’s most important national symbols. The Constituent Assembly was made up of 112 delegates, who gathered here from 10 April to 20 May 1814. The Assembly declared Norway an independent nation, after more than 400 years of union with Denmark, gave the country a constitution and elected a king. The Constitution is dated 17 May 1814, which is celebrated as Norway’s national day.
In 1814 Eidsvoll Manor House was a private home belonging to the owner of Eidsvoll Ironworks. It is a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture, whose design draws inspiration from the ideals of antiquity, and it is unparalleled in Norway. Eidsvoll Manor House’s architectural qualities are obvious both inside and out. Visit Eidsvoll 1814 webiste https://eidsvoll1814.no/en
Today Bærums Verk is a unique marketplace situated in the authentic surroundings of the historical ironworks that was the lifeblood of Bærum since the early 17th century.
Handelsstedet Bærums Verk has roughly 50 shops, artisans, workshops, galleries and eateries. Verksgata, which consists of old houses for labourers from the 18th century, among other things, is open seven days a week all year round. Here you can find smithies, glass blowers, silversmiths, galleries, eateries and unique shops. Today the old foundries are a place of trade with a large selection of interior decoration stores, as well as stores one would find in any local mall. Every year at the beginning of June, the sculpture park opens Bærums Verk with a new exhibition lasting all the way into October. The sculpture park is the country's biggest representative of three-dimension Norwegian art. Visit Bærums Verk website https://www.baerumsverk.no/
Watch a video about Gamle Tårnhuset Restaurant and their cooperation with the farmers at Gården på Svartskog
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Østfold county is situated southeast of Oslo. It is about 45 minutes driving from Oslo to Østfold. Østfold also shares a part of Norways border with Sweden. The county is well known for their diverse industry, especially within food and bioeconomy related industry. Østfold is also av very popular summer destination with good access to nice beaches, restaurants and historical places. Østfold is also a diverse agricultural county with strong focus on local food. Østfold is easy accessed from Svinesund (the Swedish border) with car or from the Oslo area. Find out more about transportation here - how to get to the Oslo region . Below we have listed up two places to visit in Østfold, but there are lots of other places to see and activities to do in Østfold. Check Visit Østfold website for more info.
Fredriksten fortress - Halden
Due to conflicts with Sweden there was a need for a fortress in Halden. The building of Fredriksten festning started in 1661. Fredriksten is Norway`s largest, most important and most venerable border fortress. Many also find it one of the most magnificent in Europe, majestically located above Halden. It offers a fantastic view of the town and the fjord, and far into what once was enemy territory. Fredriksten fortress is a fantastic arena for wide variety of events, from intimate theatrical performances to large car shows, concerts and sports events. A number of large outdoor areas and smaller freestanding forts are available for use. On Fredriksten you will also find Restaurant Curtisen one of the members in Culinary Heritage Oslofjord. Curtisen is rated as one of the best restaurants in Østfold.
Gamlebyen - Fredrikstad
Gamlebyen is one of Northern Europe’s treasures with its well kept buildings, cobbled streets and a wonderful mixture of every day life, art, history, boutiques, museums, exhibitions and dining places. All in all this creates a unique atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. The star shaped moat surrounding the city is perfect for a picnic, a stroll and to lower one’s shoulders. It´s so pleasant that we even have a name for it. To "jangle" on the moat. In Gamlebyen you will also find the restaurant Majorens Kro og Stue one of the members in Culinary Heritage Oslofjord. Majorens Kro og Stue is run by chef Markus Nagele. He is also an experienced hunter. On the menu on Majorens you will find meat from the forest in the Østfold region and Oslofjord region.
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Vestfold is situated southwest of Oslo. It is one to two hours driving from Oslo depending on where in the county you are going. Vestfold is well known for its charming small cities along the coastline and its a very popular place for summer tourists. In Vestfold you will also find Tønsberg the oldest city in Norway. The county has special geology , because of this geology and a good climate Vestfold county is one of the counties in Norway that is producing most vegetables. Vestfold is easy accessed by both car, ferries, plane and train. Find more about transportation here - how to get to the Oslo region . Below we have listet up two places to visit in Vestfold, but there are several other places to see in Vestfold. Check Visit Vestfold website for more info.
Stavern - historical town
Photos: Mats Olsen
Stavern is a historical town in the south of Vestfold. It is also a popular summerdestination because of the good weather, fine beaches, lots of cultural happenings and historical places. In the summertime the population increases from approximately 4 000 inhabitants to about 40 000. The Super Speed ferry from Color Line is sailing between Larvik (just 10 minutes driving from Stavern) and Hirtshals in Denmark. So it is easy to travel to Stavern from the European mainland. Stavern is also close to Sandefjord airport Torp with only 25 minutes driving.
Photo: Martin Olsen
Verdens Ende is a popular viewpoint and recreation area in Tjøme, 45 minutes by car from Tønsberg. Verdens Ende is a part of Færder national park. Færder National Park was established to protect the landscape, habitats, species, geology and coastal ecosystems – both on land and at sea – in a large section of outer Oslofjord. From Verdens Ende you have a great view at the Vestfold archipelago, enjoy unique costal nature and cultural landscapes. At Verdens Ende there is also a special lighthouse that deserves a visit.
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Going other places in Norway?
If you are planning to visit other places in Norway you can also take a look at Visit Norways website www.visitnorway.com . Want to see the northern lights or the midnight sun or do other activities Visit Norway is a good place to start.