Local food and producers in Vesterålen

Vesterålen is in the middle of nature’s pantry with fresh fish in the ocean, mushroom, berries and game in the forest and a large variety of world class resources. Local food in Vesterålen is traditional and innovative, and in the region you will find many local producers of both famous and lesser known products.

Local food
2018-02-2209:59 Cathrine Wallstad Myhre

Vesteraalens was founded in 1912 and has delivered «fiskeboller» (balls of fish and flour) and other tinned products to all of Norway for more than 100 years. They focus on high quality products. Vesteraalens produce Omega 3 products, which positively impacts the normal function of the heart, brain and eyes. Read more here  


Sigerfjord Fisk AS is located in beautiful Sigerfjord in the municipality of Sortland. They are Norway’s largest producer of Arctic Char. Arctic Char from Sigerfjord Fisk is a protected designation of origin- Sigerfjord Fisk AS delivers fresh Arctic Char to Hurtigruten when it arrives in Sortland harbor. Visit their website here 


The history of Melbukaviaren (the Melbu Caviar) began in 1982, but it was after 2012 that the modern caviar tubes appeared in Norwegian shops. The caviar was best in test in the large Kaviartesten that Mat Fra Norge magazine held. Melbukaviaren is sold in shops all over Norway, and on Svalbard. Read more here


Rune Tjønsø began making his own coffee in 2013 and since then both sales and the popularity of the coffee from Hindø Kaffebrænderi has grown. You can buy his products in Sigerfjorden, in Sortland and in Tromsø. Visit the website of Hindø Kaffebrænderi here   


In scenic Dverberg in Andøy you will find Alveland Shop & Café. There you can taste their famous cinnamon buns, enjoy the view, and buy their handmade and natural soaps, with local ingredients. Northern Lights soap, blueberry soap, Christmas soap and much more. You can buy a selection of the soaps in the regional tourist information office in Sortland. Visit their website here 


Betty’s Tesalong is Norway’s first travelling tea salon with homemade tea, chocolate, cakes and more. Buy tea from Betty’s Tea Salon in Galleri Uvær, the Ruth 66 shop in Oslo and local markets in Vesterålen and Lofoten. Visit the facebook page of Betty’s Tesalong here 


Lefser (a traditional soft potato flatbread) from Jorids Lefsebakeri has become a dear traditions for birthday’s and holidays. The lefse are made in the traditional way, with many flavor variants and can often be found on local markets. The products can also be purchased in Grytting, Joker Risøyhamn, Coop Mega Sortland, Coop Prix Staume, Rema 1000 Stokmarknes and Coop Prix in Stokmarknes. Visit their Facebook page here


At Nordtun Gård children and adults alike can meet llamas, visit the farm shop or buy cheese made on the farm. The cheese can be bought in the farm shop, in some local shops and on markets in Lofoten, Vesterålen, Harstad and the nearby area. Read more here         


Marthahaugen Gård is an ecological farm that focuses on wild sheep, products from wild sheep, natural cosmetics and baked goods. The natural cosmetics are made with local ingredients and both soaps, oils, creams and hair products are available. Find out more about Marthahaugen here  


Viltkroa is located in Langvassbukt, but you can often spot them at local markets in their sales van. They sell handmade sausages, filets, fish cakes, moose burgers, dried products and more, mainly from moose, reindeer, small game and lamb. Learn more on their web page here  

If you wish to buy any locally made food or goods get in touch with the producer, visit markets in the region or ask about places that sell them in the regional tourist information office in Sortland. The tourist information stocks soaps from Alveland and products from Vesteraalens.

Galleri Uvær / Betty's Tesalong
Bjørn Eide
Vesterålen Kysthotell