Finnmark Local Customs

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    King crab fisherman
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Finnmark Local Customs

  • Stockfish

    On our first evening on board the MS Nordlys we had stockfish for dinner. Our waitress told us that it was a Norwegian speciality but was a little vague about it. Later, in Honningsvåg, we saw the rows of drying frames used in its production and learned from our guide about its importance to the local economy.Stockfish is white fish, usually cod,...

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  • King crab fishing

    On the afternoon of our first full day on board the MS Nordlys it was announced that if we wanted to we could meet one of the local king crab fishermen out on the upper deck. I went along and arrived just as his boat was drawing alongside the ship. A few minutes later he joined us and tipped some of his catch onto a couple of tables set out for the...

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  • Reindeer

    One of the things I most enjoyed about our visit to the Snowhotel was the chance to get close to the reindeer there. If we had visited the North Cape in the summer we would have seen them on the plateau, as it is a favourite place for the Sámi to bring their herds, but in winter there were none to be seen there, so meeting them here the next day...

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  • Nordlands

    Nordlands is one of the best beers in Norway, not sure how north it is brewed, but probably one of the most Nordics beers in the world.

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  • Mack

    That is one of the local popular brands of beer, and when you look at the weather, you know exactly why you need many of those.

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  • Dry Fishes

    In Finnmark is very common to see along the coastal roads some supports where locals put the fish to dry, like the one in the photo!

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  • Stock fish

    Drying fish is an old norwegian method of preservation that is becoming popular again. The difference between "tørrfisk" (stock fish) and "klippfisk" (cliff fish) is that tørrfisk is hung on "hjell" (the wooden construction you see in the picture), while klippfisk is salted and dried on cliffs. Klippfisk is used for the famous spanish dish...

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  • National costumes

    The following text is my translation (shortened / rewritten) of some of the text on the linked page (lower link), which also contains pictures of both the male and the female costumes.The sami population in Finnmark have different costumes according to their origin. The norwegian population descends from settlers from southern Norway, thus there is...

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  • Meet the locals

    In the coastal areas people have the habit of taking a stroll on the wharf when boats arrive. Especially in small communities where boats bring goods and news. In these modern times when everybody have access to internet, the need to update oneself about what is going on in the world by talking to sailors and visitors / homecoming friends is not...

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