Sunday, June 18, 2017

Near Russia Food Experience

Day 7 - Kirkines

The border area of Eastern Finnmark has, with the exception of the Cold War (1945-1989) been a place where Norwegians, Russians, and the indigenous Sami population have traded and interacted. In Day 7's menu, Coastal Kitchen featured the Russian influences with ingredients that are common to both countries.

Reindeer Meat - Finnmark

Reindeer know no borders and traditionally both reindeer and indigenous Sami have crossed the borders between what is today known as Russia, Norway,  and Finland.  The reindeer meat served on the menu was from the traditional Sami territories in Finnmark.  It was complemented with Borscht, pelemini (a form of Russian filled pasta), and celery puree.  Dessert was Pavlova with berries.

Breakfast & Lunch

For some passengers, Kirkines was the conclusion of their voyage.  There was time for everyone to enjoy the usual breakfast buffet prior to arrival.   Directly upon arrival there were buses at the dock for those passengers heading to the airport or city center.   Tour buses were also there for passengers, like us, that were booked on organized excursions.

We spent the morning at the Russian Border and returned to the ship just in time for lunch.  As usual there were several cold and hot choices on the buffet.  After enjoying a cup of soup and a sandwich there was time to relax in the panorama lounge while enjoying the scenery.
Additional photos can be found on our Norway Shutterfly page

Norway's Coastal Kitchen

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