Welcome to the promo for People of the North – the brand new Scandinavian travel adventure series that will be airing across the US from next month!
Presented by Norwegian TV star Arne Hjeltnes, Swedish chef Frida Ronge, and Norwegian distiller Stig Bareksten, People of the North offers viewers an insight into the way of life for those of us who live in the Scandinavian north. The 10 episode series will cover the food, culture, traditions, people and history of the remote communities of northern Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Lofoten Seaweed will feature briefly in episode 4 alongside our friends at Holmen Lofoten, and will have our own feature in episode 9. We will be posting more information about when and where you can view these episodes over the coming weeks, so watch closely for People of the North updates!
Keep your eyes peeled at 1 minute 30 seconds to spot Angelita out harvesting seaweed with Arne and Frida…
Episode 1 — Arne, Frida, and Stig travel to Alta in Finnmark. Here, the town’s indigenous people teach the guys how to fish and serve them a classic reindeer stew at a mountain lodge. Later, the three hosts join renowned Sami chef, Johnny Trasti and his wife at their hotel and restaurant, situated near the legendary Alta Salmon River.
Episode 2 — The hosts head to Kjøllefjord, the northernmost fishing village on mainland Norway. Frida joins a local fishing crew to catch fresh cod in the Barents Sea, Arne meets with a local storyteller to learn about the village’s fishing culture, and Stig dives for enormous king crabs.
Episode 3 — Arne, Frida, and Stig travel like Vikings to an old Norse settlement in the Færøerne Islands and savour the island’s culinary hotspots. They also meet with local artists and singers in Klaksvik, then head to Tórshavn, where Frida and Stig prepare a famous regional dish and an ocean-themed beverage.
Episode 4 — The trio explores Lofoten, an archipelago in the North Atlantic that is famous for its cod. At Holmen Lofoten, Frida, Stig, and Chef Valentine Warner create dishes and cocktails that are inspired by the flavours of the local surroundings.
Episode 5 — Arne, Frida, and Stig experience the outstanding food and hospitality on Norway’s west coast, where Frida meets up with a local chef in Ålesund, who prepares a beautiful fish dish in the middle of town. Meanwhile, Arne and Stig are served a tasting menu, complete with the region’s traditional delicacies.
Episode 6 — The threesome make their way to Sørøya to indulge in the various flavours the island has to offer. As Arne and Stig venture out at sea to catch halibut, Frida samples local ingredients and prepares a delicious meal for the team.
Episode 7 — Western Norway is popular amongst tourists for its fjords and majestic mountainous scenery. Storfjord connects most of the small communities visited in this episode. After a trip through the mountains, Arne, Stig and Frida prepare a dish with the famous fjord trout.
Episode 8 — Arne, Frida, and Stig go island hopping along the Helgeland coast for some fine dining, sampling traditional and gourmet meals that highlight coastal ingredients and farmed salmon. Later they meet up with the locals living on the outskirts of Scandinavia. Since no commercial flights land on these islands, travelers arrive by either boat or seaplane.
Episode 9 — The team revisits the beautiful mountains of Lofoten for a ski trip and a spectacular view of the Arctic islands. To prepare for dinner, Arne and Frida join forces with Lofoten Seaweed to learn about these delicious local ocean vegetables, as they gather their ingredients for a kelp-based feast!
Episode 10 — Arne and Stig take a train ride to Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, for a bit of ziplining, bike riding, and treats in the village of Flåm. After a trip to a nearby Viking village, they join Sigrid for a glacier hike and a lunch cooked over an open fire.
People of the North will air on public TV from April. Stay tuned for updates!