We are seeing a growing interest in healthier and greener alternatives when it comes to dining – not just from vegetarians and vegans – but also for those looking to eat healthier and to minimize their environmental impact. Since February 2017, all 11 Norwegian coastal ships cruising from Bergen have offered an 11-day, 3-course full vegan menu as part of our Norway's Coastal Kitchen concept.
After months of trialing and refining our new menu the verdict is in – to dine on Hurtigruten’s vessels is just as delicious when done vegan. The menu provides and introduction to select ingredients’ role in Norwegian and international culinary history and comes with fun facts and stories of their own.
To make sure that the menu is nutritionally sound it has been designed in collaboration with accredited nutritionists as well as Mari Hult, a vegan chef from the coastal city of Stavanger and author of vegetarbloggen.no – the most widely read vegetarian/vegan blog in Norway. On the topic of the menu she says:
“Vegan food is sustainable, animal- friendly, good for your health and, when it’s prepared the way that Hurtigruten does it here, it’s incredibly tasty too! I am so pleased and proud that one of Norway’s biggest brands with one of the best kitchens we have has been so thorough in offering this fantastic menu - one that’s not just for vegans but for anyone who wants to try a “greener” way of eating.
It has been a pleasure to witness the process that the chefs have followed, and I wish it was me who was sitting down to eat on the world’s most beautiful cruise right now.”