An Arctic gem by the Norwegian Sea
TEXT: SYNNE JOHNSSON | PHOTOS © MAREN ANNA
In a rebuilt factory from 1914 that once made cod liver oil and later stored stockfish, restaurant Maren Anna serves locally sourced food with a unique atmosphere and views over the ocean as well as the Arctic scenery of Sørvågen.
The restaurant is located in the harbour, where guests can view the fishing boats bringing in the catch of the day. The interior is homely and warm with exceptional views of the ocean. During the winter, you may be lucky and see the northern lights from the restaurant, and during the summer, you can sit outside and enjoy a cold beverage and the sea breeze.
“We opened in 2003, with a wish to give our guests an experience that would be remembered as a highlight of their travels to Lofoten. We are working hard to be able to serve delicious, local food that gives our guests a unique food experience,” says Anette Morrison, general manager.
The philosophy is straightforward: tasty dishes with local products and good service. Maren Anna wants for the food to reflect the unique, local resources Lofoten has to offer, inspired by French and Asian cuisine. The restaurant is located between the Norwegian ocean and spectacular, Arctic mountains, and Morrison explains that Sørvågen is like a door to several popular hiking routes.
“Sørvågen and Maren Anna have something for everyone who wants to experience Lofoten: the locals, fresh fish, the mountains, the ocean and the incredible flavours in our dishes,” Morrison says. “We are focusing on maintaining our high quality, and I am really proud to be sharing this authentic experience with our guests”