Smörgåsbord the Swedish way
An abundance of food
The Swedish Smorgasbord is world famous. It is a rich way of offering a meal. Many restaurants have this feature especially around Christmas time.
This lens will present the Swedish smorgasbord on the ferries cruising between Sweden and Finland, Aland and Estonia. They go regular traffic and they usually have the most amazing smorgasbord you can imagine.
You have to book it ahead of time. The drinks are often not included but you have lots of time to sit down and eat for hours from these many displayed dishes with food. I have been here a couple of times and I know from experience that you just have to eat slowly and pick carefully. The eye wants to have more but the belly says enough eventually.
Tips for the guest
I found these really good tips for a smorgasbord guest:
1 - Go around the table first and make an attack plan. Browse and choose what is not important already from the beginning.
2 - D not clutter your plate with food. Have fish on one dish and meat on another. Then remember to go and get more food MANY times!
3 - Do not be concerned about the price of the food. If you do not like some food that you know is expensive do not take it. Do not eat only because you have the chance.
4 - Switch plate and cutlery OFTEN between turns
5 - Take a last turn of what you liked the most. Nothing stops you from eating mustard herring after you finished your chocolate cake =)
When I had smorgasbord together with my children, they chose to eat anchovy and mashed potato with meat balls. But it was their choice - they were happy!
Make your own Swedish smorgasbord
Here are some books for you who want to try this way of eating. I can assure you that it is going to be popular!
Get some The Go Plates!
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If it is a bottle, push it through the top opening. It is now secure for eating off the plate. Lift plate off to drink, replace, repeat until you are full.
If it is a can, take your free hand, and push the plate cone down until the can meets the underneath side of the cone opening. It is now secure for eating off the plate. To drink, twist the can and the plate in opposite directions to lift the plate off the can.
If is it a cup, carefully rest the plate on the cup, securing the top lip of the cup in one of 3 sets of ridges under the cone meant to provide a point to balance the plate on the cup. Push to snap into place for more stable eating. Unsnap to drink, replace plate, repeat until you are full.
The floating restaurants
with hotel included
There are many line traffic the Baltic see between countries. The two biggest ones are Silja Line and Viking line. They always offer a perfect smorgasbord for dinner!
They are like floating suburbs. There are so many shops, cafÃ©s and restaurants available. Here are pubs, dance floors and bars with a fantastic view. You can swim in the Cruise ships pool or go to the sauna if you like. Jacuzzis and childrens rooms. Anything you need is here.
These ferries - or cruise ships - take cars too. And here are many really lovely rooms to rent. Since some of the cruises last over 24 hours you will need a nap after dinner.
A restaurant that offers you to stay overnight
and have breakfast the next morning
The breakfast is served in good time before the Ship comes to the destination. Here is also an abundance of choices as on a nice Hotel.
Some people just stay on the ferry and go back to the start again. I have done that on most of my trips. If you are tourist in Scandinavia, you must bring your passport!
I remember one time when I left the ferry to do a couple of hours sightseeing and shopping and then came back to go home again. Another time I stayed on board reading a book because it was raining.
It is your choice and anything you want is your ok.
The Baltic sea
Viking Line smorgasbord menu - remember - this is just on board ONE of the cruise ships
There is always different kinds of potato, rice or nudles. There are many choices of bread and cheeze and hering (sill) and on top of that this is how it can look:
Pieces of Gravadlax, maÃ®tre dÂ´hotel sauce (G, L)
Pieces of smoked salmon, dill mayonnaise (G)
Warm smoked salmon (G, L)
Charcoal grilled vendace marinated with juniper berries (G, L)
Mousse of vegetarian caviar and seafood
White fish roe (G, L)
Vegetarian caviar (G, L, V)
Low lactose sour cream (G)
Shrimps (G, L)
Country side patÃ©
Smoked turkey breast (G, L)
Omelette stuffed with game mousse
Herb marinated lamb steak, mint jelly (G, L)
Beef pastrami (G, L)
Traditional potato salad (G, V)
Vegetable salad (G, V)
Egg halves (G)
Lemon wedges (G, L, V)
Pickled cucumber, pickled beetroot (G, L, V)
Rhode Island dressing
(L) lactose free
(G) gluten free
The prices for their smorgasbord are really not high!
The comfort on board is excellent and the view outside the trip is stunning!
In the buffet restaurant you can enjoy the popular smorgasbord Ã la Ãland while exploring the view of the archipelago through windows on every side of the restaurant. Start your dinner at the "cold buffet" and choose from a wide range of smoked fish, pickled herrings, and salads. Then move on to the "warm buffet" with delicious fish, poultry, and meat dishes. Round things off at the dessert table with spicy cheeses and a smooth chocolate mousse.
The Favourite of the Chefs - the Game Buffet!
In late autumn, the Ãland smorgasbord is moved aside to give room for a Game Buffet with several delicious elk, roedeer, and wild duck dishes, for instance.
From mid-November until Christmas, they serve the popular Christmas Buffet. Here you will find everything that a proper Ãland Christmas dinner must include! Taste, for instance, the carrot and rutabaga casseroles - probably not seen at your usual Christmas dinner but a must for everyone on the Ãland Islands!
Silja line Cinderella and Serenade
Silja Sympony+Silja Serenade are two beautiful sisterships and is owned by "Silja Line" On this Video is the Technical information
Here is also some really beautiful photos from the interior
With a fleet of 21 vessels Tallink and Silja Line offer passengers access to the entire Baltic Sea Region. Routes connect all year round Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Germany. Route MapTallink Silja is the leading passenger and cargo shipping company in the Baltic, offering its customers high-quality passenger and cargo transport and experiences at sea.
Services range from high class cruises to fast and more affordable crossings and from adventurous holiday experiences to professional business travel services. In addition to passengers, the ships carry cars, busses and cargo. The unique sea voyage experience begins as soon as you step on board a Tallink or Silja Line one way or cruise voyage: endless possibilities for entertainment and recreation, excellent restaurants, spacious and comfortable cabins and advantageous shopping are all contributing to a memorable trip.
The trip has a scenery that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The archipelagoes around the Baltic see.
The comfort is fantastic on board these modern cruise ships. Every trip they serve SMORGASBORD! So what say you - are you coming? =)