Esben Holmboe Bang – Esben Holmboe Bang is the head chef and co-owner of Oslo restaurant Maaemo, Norway's first three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Inside the restaurant – Maaemo serves a set tasting menu of more than 20 dishes. It's open for dinner and for Saturday lunch.
Schweigaardsgate – The restaurant, in the urban heart of Oslo's Schweigaardsgate district, is modern and minimalist, but the food pays tribute to centuries of Norwegian history and culture.
In the kitchen – All the food is made from seasonal, organic or biodynamic ingredients from Norwegian producers -- from skate cooked on bone with wild garlic and salted butter, to green asparagus with buckwheat miso, roses and nettles.
Oslo City Hall and harbor – With more than 100,000 kilometers of twisting coastline, in Norway "there's a strong belonging to the sea," says Holmboe Bang. "The sea is something that we live off now and it's something that we lived on for centuries."
The Arctic – Holmboe Bang traveled with CNN to northern Norway, beyond the Arctic Circle, where the cold waters mean seafood grows more slowly.
Norse storytelling – Norway's a country rich in storytelling, from Norse mythology to fairytales of mountain and forest trolls. Oslo's Vigeland Park is filled with dark and fantastical sculptures, from women fighting with sea creatures to a man swinging infants from his arms.
Scandinavian summer – "For me a lot of my food memories are connected with family, with summer," says Holmboe Bang. "When you were a kid the happiest day of your life was when it was sunny outside and you put on shorts and go out and get strawberries."
Bygdoy Peninsula – As Norwegians love to spend the precious summer months outdoors, the week with CNN finished with a barbecue on Bygdoy Peninsula. Holmboe Bang explains, "We're just getting some good friends together, we have some sausages, some scallops that we're going to eat raw."
Beachside dining – Staff from Maaemo prepare polses (hot dogs) and scallops served in shells with ramsen, or wild garlic.
Kokkekaffe – The meal is served with kokkekaffe, or steeped coffee, the traditional Scandinavian method of preparing coffee. Norwegians love to drink it when getting back to nature at their weekend cabins.