Accompanied by our Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef, tour the impressive new Mathallen Food Hall, enjoy tastings of locally made hams and cheeses, sample a glass of Norwegian beer at a local pub, and then be treated to some Norwegian luncheon foods and beer tastings at Akersberget Restaurant, one of Oslo's most charmingly traditional meeting places.
Meet your Chef in the Bon Appétit Culinary Center for a brief overview of today's tour, Norwegian cuisine and the 'beer culture' of Oslo. Then, join your coach for the short drive to the city center, passing the Akershus Fortress, the spectacular Oslo Opera House and further along, the Akerselva River.
Your first stop is the Mathallen Food Hall, opened in October of 2012 by the same developers as the Borough Market in London and the Torvhallernen in Copenhagen. Heralded as the 'Center of Norwegian Food Culture' this brightly lit and covered market hall hosts thirty-three gourmet stalls of fish mongers, bakers, artisan cheese makers and purveyors of any number of Norwegian delicacies and specialty foods. Located along the riverbank, Mathallen Food Hall welcomes professional chefs as well as amateur home cooks for the freshest and most exclusive food products in Oslo. There are also cafés where you can sit, have a local beer and take in the in the local Norwegian ambience. You'll receive vouchers to purchase some samples in the Food Hall and have approximately an hour at your leisure to wander about on your own.
After touring the Food Hall, you'll take a short walk to 'Oslo's Smallest Pub' with the largest collection of beers in the city. Have a quick glass of local beer here before heading out for a ten minute walk in the old city to the Akersberget Restaurant. Your walk takes you through one of Oslo's loveliest areas and along the way your guide will share 'dragon stories' dating back thousands of years, where silver was excavated from the hill near the location of our luncheon restaurant. Arriving at the restaurant, a 250 year old wooden house painted bright red, you'll be treated to a two course luncheon of traditional Norwegian fare, each course paired with a tasting of local beer. The restaurant has worked closely with the Norwegian Beer Academy, famous for its beer tastings, for your specific luncheon pairings.
Following lunch, you'll be transferred back to the ship by driving through the city center to observe famous sites such as the Norwegian Parliament, National Theater, Old University, Royal Palace and the twin-towered City Hall.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. There may be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.