Fjord Tours Articles / 2 Jun 2020

Want to pick up a new hobby? Why not choose a Norwegian inspired one!

When isolating at home, why not pick up a new hobby and better yet, learn about another culture while doing it. Fjord Tours has gathered some Norwegian-inspired tips to make your quarantine time a little more educational.

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Photo: Terje Rakke

Creating a cozy living space at home

For a Norwegian home space, what is most important is to have it "koselig", closest translation cozy. Light candles, put on some instrumental music, pour yourself a glass of wine, and settle down in front of the fireplace - if you have one. Now you have successfully created a "koselig" atmosphere. If you're still wondering what "koselig" means, this should explain a little more here.

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Enjoy nature in your backyard

Running out of ideas for what to do in your backyard? Then we have some suggestions! Norwegians love to sunbathe, and preferably in a hammock with a good book. If you would rather free some endorphins, half an hour of yoga is good for both your mental and physical health.

Although it may be hard to buy outside of Norway, it would be relatively easy and inexpensive to create your own kubb set. Kubb is a simple throwing game that dates back to the Viking times. In some literature, it is described as Viking chess. Two players or teams stand on opposite sides of a playing square roughly 10m x 10m. Sides compete by throwing sticks to knock down castles on the opposing team before getting a chance to topple the King piece in the middle of the playing area. You may also be inspired by things you can do in Norway when we can one day travel again.

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Learning how to cook in quarantine? Be inspired by a Norwegian dish

Cooking is extra fun when trying out new recipes, and Norwegians love their food. One quirky tradition here is "taco Fridays". Okay, so taco is not a Norwegian dish, but for some reason, it has a strong tradition in Norway, and families across the nation sit down together every Friday to feast on tacos. A typical Norwegian taco recipe is as follows:

  • Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Salad
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cucumber
  • Corn
  • Yellow cheese
  • Beef mince with taco spices


Cut up the vegetables and put everything in separate bowls then arrange them on the dining table. Fry the beef mince with onion, garlic and taco spices. Heat your tortillas in the oven or microwave and put the cooked meat on the table. Layer your salad, meat, cheese, and dips onto a warm tortilla and wrap it together. Voila!

You can also make veggie tacos with beans, or you can swap the beef mince with chicken or fish if you don’t eat red meat. For more Norwegian dishes, read this article here or be inspired by Fjord Tours Food Tours.

Learning the Norwegian language

Would you like to learn a new language? Why not teach yourself how to speak Norwegian, giving you extra incentive to book a Norwegian adventure to practice your skills! “As we say in Norway” is a fun way to learn Norwegian sentence structure. Here they have translated Norwegian into English directly, to show all the silly things Norwegians say. This is a nice and fun introduction that will surely make you laugh. After, you can move on to learn some useful Norwegian words, phrases, and grammar.

Coffee Lovers 

Did you know that per capita, Norwegians drink the second most coffee in the world? As many as 80% of Norwegians drink coffee every single day! Most homes will have a coffee pot of some description with some solutions fancier than others. For a long time, coffee was actually prohibited from the masses, being kept exclusively for religious ceremonies and the upper echelons of society. 

What about some international tips? On the Youtube channel “Stay at Home” there are endless tips on what to find at home.

We wish you a safe and inspiring COVID-19 quarantine time, and hopefully the world soon returns to normal!