Norway's Coastal Kitchen

Fresh ingredients, sourced where we sail

Cuisine that brings you closer

Your voyage on The Coastal Express is also a culinary journey to experience the food of the Norwegian coast. 

The authentic, delicious meals in our onboard restaurants feature ingredients sourced from the areas we sail to. With us, you won’t just see the coast; you’ll taste it too. 

Through our Coastal Guides and optional excursions, learn about regional specialities, how food is at the heart of local life, and listen to the life stories of brewers, chefs, and farmers. 

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A love of local food

Over 80% of the ingredients in our onboard restaurants come from more than 50 Norwegian suppliers, delivered to our ships at 15 out of the 34 ports we visit. 

Enjoy the likes of melt-in-your-mouth Arctic char from Vesterålen, award-winning cheeses from Aalan farm in Lofoten, and succulent king crab from Troms and Finnmark county. 

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Head Chef Øistein Nilsen

Native son of Northern Norway, Øistein spent much of his childhood exploring the great outdoors and appreciating the freshness and flavours of food from the wild.  

As Head Chef for Norway’s Coastal Kitchen, he brings his vision of locally sourced cuisine to The Coastal Express, while also championing homegrown talent, ingredients, and suppliers. 

Meet our Head Chef Øistein Nilsen Meet our Head Chef Øistein Nilsen
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Two chefs stand on the deck, each with his own dish filled with crab, shells, grilled lemon; All ingredients for a delicious seafood meal
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Sustainable and seasonal

Sourcing our food locally isn’t just about fresh, farm-and-fjord-to-table flavours. It’s also about achieving the lowest footprint possible and making sure there is minimal food waste.  

By carefully managing supply and seasonality, we believe cuisine can and should be kind to the planet while still tasting authentic and amazing. 

Read more about how we practise sustainability Read more about how we practise sustainability
Two chefs stand on the deck, each with his own dish filled with crab, shells, grilled lemon; All ingredients for a delicious seafood meal
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Our onboard restaurants

Torget is each ship’s main restaurant while Kysten represents the refined à la carte option with a wine list to match.  

Brygga serves speciality sandwiches and gorgeous burgers and Multe satisfies your sweet tooth with patisseries and luxurious ice cream.

Check out our onboard restaurants Check out our onboard restaurants
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Our Culinary ambassadors working in their kitchens
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Culinary Ambassadors

We’re cooking up an exciting partnership with two award-winning Head Chefs from the Norwegian coast, Astrid Nässlander and Halvar Ellingsen, to enhance our menus and inspire the next generation of Norway’s Coastal Kitchen chefs.  

Working closely with our own Head Chef Øistein Nilsen, these two Culinary Ambassadors will do what they do best: craft locally inspired, sustainably produced, and delicious seasonal dishes, which will be unique to our voyages.  

Meet our Culinary Ambassadors Meet our Culinary Ambassadors
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Full vegan menus

Rather than simply integrate individual vegan dishes into our existing menus, we’ve created an entirely new menu dedicated to plant-based food. 

This is veganism given the gourmet treatment for a different and delectable three-course vegan meal every night of your voyage with us.  

Read how we created our vegan menu Read how we created our vegan menu
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The finest Norwegian produce

We are proud to support over 50 fisheries, farms, bakeries, butchers, and other food businesses up and down the Norwegian coastline.  

Some are well known, cherished brands in Norway, decades in the making. Others are family-run farms passed from generation to generation, full of personal history.  

Get to know our suppliers Get to know our suppliers
A fisherman holds a polystyrene box full of ice. At the top are three freshly caught cod, which are on their way to Hurtigruten's kitchen
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