Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rosendal Fjordhotel

Rosendal is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on the west part of Norway surrounded by majestic mountains, fjord, glacier, and waterfall, situated at the entrance of the picturesque Hardanger Fjord, nearby the Barony Manor (built since 1665 and having a magnificent 300 year old renascence garden) and the unique Steinparken.
Located right by the sea with a breathtaking scenery, Rosendal Fjordhotel has a stunning view over the fjord (don’t miss to capture the sunset!), the staff is really friendly and do their utmost for guests to enjoy their stay providing excellent service and care, that all-in-all would offer a wonderful experience even during the fall or winter.
It is said that waterfront Rosendal Fjordhotel, even if a bit expensive, is the best hotel in this area and professionally handeld.

You can reach Rosendal Fjordhotel in about 2 hours by car or ferry from Bergen, Haugesund or Voss, 4 hours from Stavanger and 6 from Oslo; by train or airplain (from Bergen).
Rosendal Fjordhotel - room with view
Facilities at Rosendal Fjordhotel:
- 95 rooms (equipped with toilet, shower/ bathtub and fluffy towels), average standard, all non-smoking, some with inland view and others with a balcony overlooking the surroundings
- a total of 190 beds at different categories, spotlessly clean and very comfortable
- bed and breakfast (buffet) included in price. The buffet has a rich offer to choose from: cheese, eggs in various styles, cereals, youghurts, cold meats, fruits, pickles, salads, fresh bread, toast, coffee, tea and juices.
- a restaurant overlooking the fjord that can accommodate 250 guests, and offers an à la carte menu, along with a daily 3-course dinner of Norwegian and international cuisine with good vegetarian alternatives and excellent desserts
- friendly bar and terrace where you can enjoy the panoramic view whilst having your favorit drink
- bright, airy and comfortable meeting rooms, in different sizes, with full AV - suitable for gatherings from 2 to 250 people (arrived for conferences, banquets, anniversary parties, baptisms, confirmations, weddings, Christmas parties or other special event)
- free Wi-Fi
- free outdoor parking
- lift
- heating
- garden, terrace, large beach area, quays, rowing boat, fishing gear, tennis and volleyball courts, sauna and solarium,  children playground. 
Rosendal Fjordhotel - restaurant
As special care for its guests, the hotel can provide:
- allergy-free rooms
- wheelchairs
- pets are welcome - and, prior arrival, is recommended to check if animal rooms are available
- rooms with great view of the Hardangerfjord - for an extra charge
- vegetarian meals
- packed lunches
- 24-hour front desk
- luggage storage
- ironing service
- fax/ photocopying service
- newspapers
Outdoor activities:
- hiking
- fishing
- horseback riding or rent a horse carriage
- kayaking
- ski
- Putball (a combination of soccer and golf)
View from nearby Rosendal Fjordhotel
Where to go:
- a trip to Bondhusbreen/ The Bondhus Lake, which is part of the magnificent Folgefonna Nationalpark
- a guided tour to the Barony Rosendal Castle/ Baroniet and gallery visit - at 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel - a vibrant museum where concerts, theatre productions, art exhibitions and lectures are being held during the summer seasons from May till September
- Fjellhaugen Ski Centre – at 20 minute drive away
- Kjersti and Bård Bondhus - an old farm in Sundal
- take a walk to the top of the nearby mountains Bjørndalseter (650m), Malmangernuten (890m) and Melderskin (1426m)

Rosendal Fjordhotel is the perfect place to stay, enjoy the nature, a good food and relax.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Velvety Norwegian Fish Soup - Fiskesuppe

While traveling to Norway, especially if it happens to walk around in a cloudy icy day, join outdoor activities in a wet day or a rainy autumn weekend, after a sky session surrounded by beautiful mountains covered with fluffy snow or in a perfect summer afternoon after a short cruise, nothing will warm you up better and make you feel full of energy than a hot, velvety and savory Norwegian fish soup (fiskesuppe) served hot in a big bowl, topped with a glass of wine.

Norwegians have many of ways to prepare healthy and high quality seafood, and one of the best is the warming creamy fiskesuppe – which can be thicker or lighter.
Velvety Norwegian Fish Soup - Fiskesuppe (own photo)
Velvety Norwegian Fish Soup - Fiskesuppe (own photo)
The delicious fish soup is a very common meal for the day everywhere in Norway, quick to prepare, perfect to warm up the soul, and its main ingredients are: fresh fish (salmon, cod, halibut, monkfish) or catfish and shellfish, raw shrimps, mussels, scallops – mix depending of your own choice, small cubes of potatoes, chopped tomatoes, diced celery, olive oil, butter, a pinch of flour, thinly sliced carrots, fresh flat leaf parsley, salt and freshly ground white pepper, dumplings, and eventually with just a touch of sugar and (red wine) vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice, that usually is served garnished with sour cream and the lumpfish caviar on crusty white bread.

Always reliant to an absolutely tasty meal, is the quality of the ingredients – fresh fish, fresh vegetables, good olive oil, butter and sour cream…

And I don’t know if could be other dish so comforting, appetizing and with a sort of sweet and sour velvet consistency as the steaming Norwegian fishsoup… the memory of first creamy soup full of blended flavors, served in a short stop at Geilo, on the way to Voringsfoss, stayed with me since then and love to recall it in damp days and not only. : )
Velvety Norwegian Fish Soup - Fiskesuppe (own photo)
Velvety Norwegian Fish Soup - Fiskesuppe (own photo)
Some sources for Velvety Norwegian Fish Soup (Fiskesuppe) recipes: