Potetferie – Norsk Folkemuseum

(Potato Holiday / Høstferie / Autumn Break)

Do you know how høstferie came about?

The original purpose of høstferie (Norway’s autumn school break) was to let children stay home on the farm for a week, in order for them to help the adults with the annual potato harvest.  It was originally named “Potetferie” / “Potato Holiday”

Potetferie at the Norsk Folkemuseum during the autumn holiday (høstferie)

If you are looking for something to do with your kids during the autumn holidays, I highly recommend a visit to the Norsk Folkemuseum where they have recreated the old fashioned potato vacation! Our youngest and I headed out early this morning to go and see what this event in Oslo (Bygdøy) is all about.  It’s an annual happening at the Norsk Folkemuseum aimed at helping us learn a little more about Norwegian culture and its history.

This is happening between the 29th of September – 7th of  October : 11.00 – 15.00 and you can find more information about the event on this page – click here.

Pulling potatoes out of the ground…

You get to harvest potatoes from the potato fields and take them home.

Make some “potetpuff” while you’re there….

They have everything ready for you to pat a little potato puff into shape for it to be cooked and you to enjoy it.

If you find you’d like to make these at home the recipe is easy enough.

“Potetpuff” Recipe – 1kg peeled and boiled potatoes (cooled), 2 eggs, salt and pepper for seasoning.  Mash it all together and make your little balls to press down into flat cakes and fry them.

Experiment a little and add your own choice of spices, even different veggies, like corn or peas.  Try using sweet potato instead of normal potato.

Let the kids experience farm life….

There are plenty of cute animals indoors and outdoors for your kids to enjoy seeing as well as a tractor to climb on and tool sheds to view.

Homemade lefse on an open fire….

We love lefse, especially on cold autumn days (winter too).  This is a traditional Norwegian flatbread that is soft.  It is cooked on a large, flat griddle.  There are special tools used to prepare lefse, including the long wooden sticks used for turning and special rolling pins with deep grooves.

Enjoy a stroll around the Norsk Folkemuseum

The colours on the trees and even the buildings are stunning at the moment.  There are interesting finds everywhere you look. You’ll even get to find out how it was illegal to queue outside the “Vinmonopolet” (bottle store) during the war when there was rationing.

For more information on opening hours, entrance fees and directions – click here.

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