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Eat: slam the brakes... for some of the best fish delicacies in Norway

The journey from Hønefoss to Bagn isn't particularly remarkable, I must say. The scenery surely is beautiful and vast, with breathtaking views of large lakes and expansive forests. However, it can't compare to the awe-inspiring sight that awaits you as you traverse the mountain passes of Jotunheimen.

Norwegian scenery with a lake and boats

I've traveled that road countless times on my way to a holiday cottage in Valdres. And during each trip, something peculiar always happens that forces us to slam on the brakes. About a quarter of the way across Lake Sperillen, you suddenly come across a tiny little shop on your right-hand side, easily missed if you're not paying attention: Villfisken. At first glance, the building resembles a Soviet-style kiosk of some sort. But hold on tight for the delightful surprise that awaits you upon stepping inside.

Villfisken, or 'wild fish,' owes its name to the nearby lake, teeming with an abundance of fish. And that brings me to their specialty: cold-smoked trout. Absolutely the best I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Maybe even the best fish delicacies in Norway. But even for those who aren't fans of fish, a stop here is well worth it. They offer an extensive range of local cheeses, deli meats, herbs, jams, crackers, and chocolates.

One place where I definitely wouldn't hit the brakes for is the Norwegian Pig Museum. However, if you're in need of your daily dose of absurdity, you might consider making a detour and paying it a visit. It's a barn filled to the brim with the collecting obsession of a retired man; pig-figures. And it's, well, more or less on the way. **Getting there: it is most likely you'll arrive at Oslo Airport (OSL). Public transport really takes forever to get you there, so it is most wise to reserve a car in advance. Since Norway has one of the best fast-charging networks in the world, I would advise you to rent an electric car. Better for the environment, cheaper to charge and it gets you everywhere. Check here for availability.


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