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Veg in Norway? 
17th-Jun-2009 09:38 pm
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Hello dear people,
In September I will be moving to Bergen, Norway for a year and I was wondering about being veg there. I still eat fish once in a while here in France, because it still very hard when I go out to find strictly vegetarian food, people in restaurant just don't get it. Anyway. I ' ve read tons of articles or websites on the internet about Norway being all about fish, it doesn't scare me, except if someone tries to make me eat whale... but nothing about being a veg there. Does anybody know? Like for example, is it hard or expensive to buy veg food in supermarkets? What about restaurants? Should I pack things like cereals?
Any help would be appreciated.
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17th-Jun-2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hi, Norwegian veg posting in. :) Just moved from Bergen, lived there for 1,5 years. I know all the veg spots.

Stores:
- KINSARVIK fruktutsalg, a health store that has ANY vegan/veggie food you need. Yes, it's a little pricey, but drop in everytime you go buy - they seriously downprice their soy products and seitan and fake cheeses when the best before date is near. They ALWAYS has 50% off vegan chocolates, really. Everything is organic.
- close to Kinsarvik you will find an international store with great vegs. It's between Kinsarvik and cafe Spesial (a great restaurant to eat veg - they have a wonderful veggie burger. Ask about vegan stuff I guess.)
- At Bryggen, there is a Vietnamese grocery store, has canned fake meats of many kinds.
- near the train/bus station there any at least 5 foreign stores (Iraqi/Middle Eastern) and another Vietnamese one.

Vegan food in restaurants is hard. Most restaurants have good veggie options.
I can not say I know of any cafe with explicit vegan options, but you can ask and explain. Mostly it comes down to dairy and cheeses.

Fast food: falaffel rolls are veggie kebabs and are a great option if your friends want to grab a burger or something. Most non-chain burger/pizza places are middle eastern and make falaffels.

Vegetables are cheap in normal supermarkets, but cheaper in international stores. Flour and "stock" things are cheap in normal supermarkets.

PS: A quick guide to Norwegian store chains: cheap supermarkets = Rimi, Rema1000, Bunnpris
Expensive supermarkets: Lerøy, Meny, Coop

You can PM me all you want if you have more questions. All in all, Bergen is a fabulous place to be veg - as far as Norway is considered. :)

EDIT: you probably don't want to dine out much anyways, as exchange students and the like know, this is very pricey here. A normal dinner out will cost at least 20 bucks.

Edited at 2009-06-17 09:18 pm (UTC)
17th-Jun-2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
You are amazing! Thank you very much! This will help me a lot I'm sure.
I knew I could find someone here :)
Do you mind if I add you?
17th-Jun-2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
No problem. I write about boring stuff though, be warned. :)

Feel free to contact me once you've settled down. I know Bergen by heart so I can help out and give you addresses and tips. :)
17th-Jun-2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Nice. You are my first Norwegian friend. I'm so excited!
I will need help for sure, it's going to be a huge change.
17th-Jun-2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Another Norwegian vegetarian here. You'll be fine. :) I recommend reading this blog, especially the posts tagged Bergen and Norway.
17th-Jun-2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thank you!
18th-Jun-2009 01:20 am (UTC)
totally unrelated but I'd just like you to be aware of the fact that I'm mad jealous right now. Norway is my dream home someday.
18th-Jun-2009 08:47 am (UTC)
I understand :) It came as a big surprise as I got an internship there. I'm very excited!
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