The food in Lapland is varied and plentiful, and meals at our accommodation usually allow you to sample both local traditional dishes and international cuisine.
You will commonly find meals that you would eat in the UK such as stews, salads, pasta and potato dishes. Meat such as beef, chicken and pork is served regularly. Breakfasts are invariably buffets, offering cooked and continental cuisine whilst lunches are commonly a small meal such as sandwiches, soup or pasta. Dinner does of course vary between hotels but it is usually two or three courses.
When it comes to sampling some traditional Scandinavian food there is a rather lovely variety on offer and we would urge you to try some. In this part of the world, food makes use of the wonderful natural landscape with food often reflecting the distinct taste of the forest and lakes – berries and mushrooms from the forest floor; fish, wildfowl and reindeer hunted from the wilds.
It is common to find dishes made from a variety of dried, smoked and sautéed meat including reindeer, moose and bear, with small game such as hare, duck and grouse also being popular. With a plenitude of lakes and rivers, fish dishes are also widespread with salmon, perch, herring and whitefish used frequently.
Rye bread will be found in abundance, particular at breakfast, and comes in flatbread, sliced or crisped form.
Famous dishes to look out for include sautéed reindeer (poronkäristys) served with mashed potatoes and lingonberries, as well as salmon soup with cream (lohikeitto).
When it comes to beverages, the Scandinavians are fanatical coffee drinkers - it is an absolute staple, drunk several times a day and is served everywhere!