The Norwegian Svele

If you ever travel a fjord-crossing ferry at the western parts of Norway, you just have to try this delicious cake, the Norwegian svele.

coffee and svele on a norwegian ferry

You might not believe it, but this is the cafeteria on a small Norwegian ferry. Many of the ferry crossings goes between small places with very few inhabitants, so it is not economic possible to keep a kiosk or a cafeteria onboard.

In many of these ferries the crew makes coffee and cakes which they sell to the passengeres. The payment is arranged by a small plastic box with a lid on, or often an open box too, where you put the money for what you buy. You pay, and take back your change-money, and enjoy your little meal. Nobody's watching you, and noboy is cheating.

You must ry these Norwegian cookings when you visit Norway. We have lots of specialities that is worth a try, most of all fish dishes, but the coastal "svele" is a must when travelling the coast.

There are many recepies, but this is the best one, and in many opinions the original:


the norwegian svele

MRF sveler

MRF is a shortening for Møre and Romsdal Fylkesbåtar, which was an old ferry company, owned by the Møre and Romsdal County. The company no longer exist, as other has taken over the routes.


- 4 eggs

- 2 cups sugar (4 dl.)

- 4 cups flour (8 dl.)

- 2 tsp vanilla sugar

- 1 l kefir (buttermilk)

- 1 tsp hornsalt

- 1 tsp natron (bicarbonat)


Melt the butter, add sugar and beat in the eggs and milk. Combine the dry ingredients and add, mixing well. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Fry in a small amount of butter on a griddle. Serve with butter and sugar.


Enjoy!





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