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Goldring Travel's 2015 Culinary & Cultural (formerly Food & Wine) Cruise - Seabourn Quest - Part III (Flam & Alesund)

Our arrival in Flam, Norway on Monday marked the first of the 2015 Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural Cruise Private Events during our cruise on the Seabourn Quest through the fjords of Norway.
Seabourn Quest in Flam, NorwayThe day started out overcast, but the sun broke through with mild(ish) temperatures as we cruised in the early morning through the fjords on our way to Flam, Norway.

Since the event was in the afternoon, there was time to explore tiny Flam.  Flam, it seems, is something like a midway point between the two sides of the fjord and, therefore, more of a hub than a place to live.  This town of a few hundred has 1,300,000 visitors a year!  The most prominent business in town is the very scenic Flam railroad.  (On our day there the Norwegian Railway called a strike from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., so those booked on the 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. tours were happy, but those on the 10:00 a.m. tour?as well as those on the Viking Star and the dozen or so busses from land tours?found themselves milling about the souvenir shops.)

Taking advantage of the hiking trails just above Flam, Norway My girlfriend and I decided to stroll out of town and found a lovely trail for a fairly short and easy hike.  The trail has some beautiful views, some artwork interspersed, and benches for those wanting to sit a spell along with options for longer and different trails along the way. 

There are incredible wildflowers all over Norway in the spring! At the bottom of the trail we chose there was the entrance for a lovely dock that followed the coastline for about quarter of a mile.

It was then time for the Private Event at the ÆgirBryggeriPub (Eiger Brewery Pub); a very Nordic pub and restaurant with a huge fireplace, reindeer skin covered benches, interesting carved Viking figures and, of course, great beers and food.  

After a very interesting talk about the area and the brewery it was time for the tasting of five different local beers while sitting around this beautiful fireplace:

Pils (pilsner)Rallar Amber AleCherry Wheat (believe it or not it was our group?s overall favorite)India Pale Ale (IPA)Sumbel Porter.
After our beer tasting it was time for our Viking Plank food experience with five courses paired with five beers:Viking Plank Culinary Experience in Flam, Norway
Shrimp and Blue Mussels in a wonderful light seafood sauce paired with a Witbier (wheat beer)Reindeer (Caribou) with a blueberry mouse paired with the Raller amber aleSalmon, shrimp and mussel Fish Soup paired with Boyla blonde aleWild Boar Stew with potatoes paired with a Scotch aleChocolate Ganache Cake with Lynchburg Natt paired with Sumbel PorterOf course, no Norwegian meal would be complete with an Aquavit tasting.  These aquavits were actually made with grains rather than the traditional potato, so not ?officially? aquavit but they were both very interesting. One was infused with orange peel, caraway and other spices wh...
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