M/S Bjørnvåg Restaurant When Eivind Magne Einarsson Austad and his wife Tonje Harøy decided to open a restaurant, they didn’t have anything ordinary in mind. With eight-years education as a chef and two years working in a kitchen in Tokyo, Eivind was ready to start something of his own, and his passion for maritime and coastal culture led him to look for a more floatable restaurant concept. Thus, four years ago they bought an Ålesund-built passenger ferry from 1954 and spent the next one and a half years converting the ferry into the restaurant it is today, holding about 20 people below decks.
Tore Norheim & Bernt-Johan Bergshaven
“The thought was to preserve coast culture in a way that it’s still accessible for modern man…Through food we can preserve the culture,” says Eivind. Docked at Brattørkaia 17c, the M/S Bjørnvåg has been serving delicious dishes with a true nautical experience for two and a half years now, and together with co-owner Torstein Borgersen they have built their business on developing personal relationships with local farmers, producers and hunters rather than working with big-scale grocers. “This way we can ensure that every time, we work with the best product in the world,” says Eivind, who’s first priority is that each aspect of the dining experience “feels good.” Eivind says that money has never been their focus, but rather ensuring an open and honest serving experience from the very start to the last bite. When one eats at the M/S Bjørnvåg, one can always count on seasonal dishes crafted in traditional Norwegian styles and the unique opportunity to gain a wider understanding of the food and exactly where it came from as it went from farm to plate. And if you want information about the boat itself, the owners are brimming with good stories to tell. “We want to tell people about the boat’s history and also the history of Norway and traditional food,” says Tonje. To start your dining experience with the M/S Bjørnvåg, give them a call and have a personal chat about what you’d like. You are guaranteed to be in for a treat. 993 99 579 / 975 43 026
High school friends and now co-workers Tore Norheim and Bernt-Johan Bergshaven always dreamed of sailing, though neither of them had any experience with it. Nevertheless, when they saw someone post on Facebook that they were selling a boat that they, the sellers, had never seen in person, Tore and Bernt-Johan decided to buy it. “[Bernt-Johan] sent the link to me and said this is our opportunity!” says Tore. When the two saw the 1979 Swedish boat for the first time, they thought it would be a good project. However, it needed a lot (and they mean a lot) of work. The boat didn’t even float when they bought it. So why then would two friends with no sailing experience buy a boat that can’t even float? “It was very, very cheap,” laughs Tore, who admits that after all the repairs, it wasn’t actually any cheaper than buying a functioning boat from the start. When asked where they went to get all of the supplies and parts they needed, they laughed and replied Finn.no, engine and all. Tore and Bernt-Johan started working on the boat in March of 2015, and for months the friends would work full days at the office until 4 p.m., and then head straight to the boat afterwards to work until midnight. They say that while they wouldn’t do it again, it was a great experience. “You feel more safe now that we know the whole boat,” says Bernt-Johan. Named Liberty, the boat had its first voyage in June of 2015, and the biggest question weighing on their minds was simply, will it sink or will it float? Liberty floated and the two dove in head-first, having their first trip (and Tore’s first time ever in a sailboat) be all the way to southern Norway.The two tell how Bernt-Johan was running around trying to figure out how to put up the sails while Tore was reading the book on how to sail that Bernt-Johan had gotten him as a Christmas present. They admit that they learned a thing or two from YouTube as well when they were able to get a signal. One eye infection for Tore and a leak in the boat that needed lots of pumping out later and the two successfully completed their first trip. They cleverly say their motto is “seiling uten peiling.” So what’s next? This summer the friend duo plans to sail Northern Norway and head to the Træne festival. The summer after that, they plan to cross the Atlantic. And while the learning curve may have been steep, the two say that this is when the fun part starts. T H E L I ST t rd TH E NINTH ISS UE