Today’s route snaked further north taking us past more gorgeous countryside alongside a turquoise river. Lom is a small village filled with wood cabins at the foot of a mountain. A traditional wooden stave church anchors the town, and across from the church is Lom Bakery, giving off a heavenly scent of raisins, cinnamon and fresh baked bread. While waiting out the rain, I had a hot chocolate and a coconut-flake topped pastry with vanilla filling that had a slight hint of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
After a hike in the mountains, it was time for a special 4-course Norwegian locally-sourced dinner at Fossheim hotel, where we’re also staying. In this case, pictures speak louder than words so get your taste buds ready and here goes:
Aperitifs: Tyting-Kir, Kir with Lingonberries, and Liereple, a traditional Norwegian fresh squeezed apple cider.
Course 1: Dill marinated salmon with horseradish sour cream, honey and mustard vinaigrette with a local salad.
Course 2: Oven baked halibut with root vegetables and blue mussels in cream.
Course 3: Top side of veal with butter steamed cabbage, asparagus, mushroom cream and local potatoes from Skjåk.
Course 4: Ice-cold strawberry soup with solidified sour milk pudding.
The strawberry soup was amazing! Strawberries in bright pink sugary strawberry liquid with the punchiest mint leaves I’ve ever tasted, adorned with miniature flowers. Wow! The “solidified sour milk pudding” tasted like a thick Greek style yogurt and was paired with a carmel and nut ice cream and strawberry sorbet. Delicious!
I originally thought I’d lose some weight on this journey, with all the walking each day, as opposed to my previous sedentary office-based lifestyle. But as things are going, it seems to actually be the opposite. All these rich, delicious meals are canceling out my increased levels of exercise. After this dinner, I had to take a walk just to make myself feel better about eating so much before bed. (Not that I can complain at all!!)