Magnetic North Travel promotes ocean-themed dining experiences

Magnetic North Travel is giving guests the opportunity to book two new unique ocean-themed dining experiences for the 2018/19 season.

They include a foraging experience combined with dinner on the ocean floor in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the world’s largest underwater restaurant in Kristiansand, Norway, which opens in April 2019.

Available to book on holidays to Nova Scotia, the foraging option takes place at Burncoat Head Park on the Bay of Fundy, declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America thanks to it having the greatest tidal range in the world. Led by local foraging expert Jonathan Newell, the full-day trip allows guests to learn about Nova Scotia edibles, before an afternoon seafood feast on the surrounding red cliffs.

Following lunch, guests take a private tour of the park, including a descent of stone stairs to see fossils, tidal pool creatures and the impact of the powerful tides on the coastline. During the tour, the tide ebbs to its lowest point as guests are guided to an ocean floor dining area for a gourmet three-course meal featuring a seat with amazing views of the coastal area and incoming tides.

Both meals will be paired with local craft beer from the Meander River Farm & Brewery and wine from the Avondale Sky Winery. Selected dates are available throughout the summer.

The ten-day fly/drive itinerary includes visits to the maritime city of Halifax, the Unesco World Heritage town of Lunenberg, a stay at relaxing Trout Point Lodge, hiking on the world-famous Cabot Trail and the Dining on the Ocean Floor Experience. Car hire is in a standard SUV Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar. The itinerary can be customised to guests’ travel dates, accommodation preferences and budget. Prices lead in at £2,140 per person including flights, car hire, accommodation and the Dining on the Ocean Floor experience.

Meanwhile, Kristiansand, known as Norway’s Southern Adventure Capital, is to get a new unique experience with the opening of Under, Europe’s first and the world’s largest underwater restaurant in April 2019. Off the coast of Lindesnes, the restaurant has been designed by award-winning architects Snøhetta to offer the appearance of a rock formation rising from the sea.

Guests will descend 5m under water to a dining room offering more than 100 seats and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the seabed and surrounding waters that include huge cod, colourful lip fishes, lobsters, seals and spiny dogfish – a type of shark.

The menu includes local seafood, seabirds and wild lamb, and the restaurant is within walking distance of sister property the Lindesnes Havhotell, close to local sights such as the Sprangereid Canal and Lindesnes Lighthouse – the oldest in Norway.

The ten-day fly/drive includes stays in Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger, as well as visits to the southern fjords and mountains, and the chance to reach the summit of Pulpit Rock – one of Norway’s most famous hikes. Nine nights’ breakfast accommodation leads in at £1,645 per person, including flights, car hire, accommodation and a tasting menu dinner at Under.

For further information see magneticnorthtravel.com


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