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What to Buy at a Supermarket in Norway

Think Norway is too expensive for souvenirs? While it’s nowhere near as expensive as you’d think, especially with the drop in the krone, it’s true that bargains are hard to come by. But for those on a budget, nothing beats souvenir shopping the local supermarket.

If you read this website regularly, you’ll know I’m a foreign supermarket fanatic.ย  It’s a great way to get an insider’s look at local life– I love checking out what people are putting in their baskets. While it’s fun to pick up some actual take-home souvenirs, I also spend a good deal of time just browsing the aisles, even for frozen and fresh items I can’t possibly take home. I especially love to find unusual regional items and cult favorites– like the Norwegian devotion to orange soda and a certain brand of frozen pizza (more on this below).

My photo journey through a Norwegian Supermarket

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This grocery store in the village of Geiranger has insane views.

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My Norwegian supermarket haul.

Brown (Brunost) Cheese

Norway’s famous brown cheese (called brunost) gets its distinct color from the carmelization ofย  boiled milk, cream and whey. The taste is slightly sweet, best served on a slice of toast or crisp bread.

Norwegian Candy and Chocolate

Before visiting Norway, I never realized that Norwegian chocolate was anything special. But after sampling some Norwegian chocolate (Freia milk chocolate is especially divine), I became addicted. In fact, several chocolate “gifts” I brought back for others may have never made it to the intended recipients (note: if you’re reading this and wondering if you were one of those intended recipients, the answer is probably yes– sorry!). Here are some of the chocolate and candy items recommended by locals:

 

Cloudberry and other Jams

I taste-tested several Norwegian jams on waffles and pancakes at cafes throughout Norway, but took an immediate liking to the brand Lerum’s. Fortunately, Lerum’s is available in any supermarket. I brought home the strawberry, but for a truly Norwegian product, try the tart cloudberry flavor.

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Baking Mixes

While I love to cook, I’m not the best baker, so I have a small fascination with instant baking mixes. Of course, you have to deal with the metric system and Google translate, but it can be a fun experiment. I saw mixes for many Norwegian staples, like pancakes, waffles and hveteboller.

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Sorlands Chips

Sorlands were recommended to me by locals, and although I didn’t bring any home we did pick some up for snacking on our road trip to Trollstigen, and I can confirm they are tasty.

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Bakery Goods

I didn’t bring home any packaged supermarket bakery goods, but I did eat fresh Norwegian bread every morning and sampled the skillingsbolle at a great bakery. While a bakery should always be your first choice for immediate consumption, for practical purposes, if you are looking to have something keep a bit longer a packaged good might be a better choice.

Condiments

Every country seems to have slight variations in standard condiments, so I usually pick up the local mayonnaise and mustard to use back home. Nordic countries I’ve noticed have an obsession with hot dogs, so I opted for some local hot dog mustard.

Salmon Caviar

By the sheer amount of salmon caviar on supermarket shelves, I can only imagine Norwegians must eat exorbitant amounts of this.

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Grandiosa Pizza

According to Wikipedia, Grandiosa Pizza is “loathed and loved by Norwegians,” has been exulted as the “modern national dish,” while others claim it’s “a piece of cardboard”, “laziness in a box” and “refrigerated evil”. Of course I was dying to try it, but didn’t have an oven, so I’ll have to save it for the next trip.

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Fresh and Preserved Shrimp

The fresh shrimp looked off the charts delicious. Those tiny shrimp you see everywhere are also sold in plastic containers in a kind of brine.

Solo Orange Soda

It’s a Norwegian thing, so get a bottle and try it for yourself.

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Have you been to a supermarket in Norway? What are your favorite products?

Disclosure: While I was a guest of Innovation Norway on this trip, all supermarket finds are my own.

 

15 Responses to What to Buy at a Supermarket in Norway

  1. Tripping Blonde 12/27/2015 at 9:41 pm #

    I brought back a lot of the chocolate, and everyone LOVED it. They are asking me when I’m going back to Norway so they can get more chocolate from me.

    • Kristin Francis 01/03/2016 at 5:26 pm #

      soon I hope! : )

  2. ahmed gusto 12/28/2015 at 3:12 am #

    Its no doubt that Norway is a country of food, have you tried their salmon, its one of the yummiest, grilled salmon

  3. Rolling Harbour 12/28/2015 at 5:32 am #

    The image of Brunost took me straight back to my childhood and gjetost! I can taste it right now. *quickly checks online* Oh look! I can order some right now! Thanks for that memory. RH

    • Kristin Francis 01/03/2016 at 5:26 pm #

      Good idea I’ll have to order some more! Thanks for sharing your memory : )

  4. Robin 12/30/2015 at 8:43 am #

    Nice post ! You done a great job. This information is too good. Grandiosa Pizza is one of my favorite. its taste is too good. i like it.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Happy New Year

  5. Anonymous 04/08/2016 at 9:42 pm #

    Smash!!! So horrible for you, but so good. Pretty sure I pigged out on all of these things while living in Stavanger.

  6. Sonja 04/09/2016 at 6:16 am #

    Leverpostei !! Its like Liverwurst in a can. You will always see a picture of a smiling child on a can of Leverpostei because every schoolkid has it on his or her sandwich everyday. It’s very loved.

  7. Anonymous 05/04/2016 at 10:52 am #

    SMASH!! <3

  8. Elina 07/20/2016 at 2:43 pm #

    Hi! It was nice to find this because I’m going to Oslo this Saturday.
    I’m from Finland and I have to say that Tyrkisk Peber is actually Finnish candy. Fazer is a huge candy manufacturer here and if you ever come to Finland you have to try their chocolates. They are the best in the world!

  9. Anonymous 01/27/2017 at 4:07 am #

    I loved the hotdogs (Polse) pepperkake biscuits and skolebrot! Also yeah the chocolate is great!

  10. Emily 01/31/2017 at 11:57 am #

    polse with lomper and potetsalat on!!!!! (hot dogs with potato pancake wrapped around and topped with potato salad)

    • Kristin Francis 02/16/2017 at 1:30 am #

      Why didn’t I see that haha, thanks for the tip!!

  11. Anette 02/10/2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Love your list! It’s very fun for someone from Norway to see what people from other countries finds interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ but the yellow tube with the name gulost next to the mustard (sennep) isn’t something we (at least all people I know) use on a hot dog. It’s actually cheese in a tube usually we have it on our bread ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristin Francis 02/16/2017 at 1:27 am #

      oh that’s good to know, thank you!!

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