How to Best Explore Norway's Best Surfing Spots

Norway actually has a great surfing tradition
Norway actually has a great surfing tradition | © Julian Jy Nguyen / Eurosurf 2017 Norway
Photo of Danai Christopoulou
1 October 2018

Surfing in Norway is so popular even Crown Prince Haakon is a fan. To tame the waves you may need a thick wetsuit depending on the weather, but the stunning views of arctic and fjord nature will make up for it. Here are the best places you should be pointing your surfboard towards.

Surfing in Fjord Norway

Fjord Norway is certainly known for its beautiful fjords, many of which have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Surprisingly, it is also famous for its numerous surfing spots. And due to its close proximity to Oslo, it’s usually a weekend surfing destination for the Norwegian capital’s surfing crowd. Many of the best spots can be found at the westernmost part of mainland Norway, in the Stad peninsula, which is hit by waves from both the North and the South. The sandy beach of Ervik is a very popular location with massive waves, whereas Hoddevik also offers a visual feast with the combination of 300-meter-tall mountains and crystal clear waters.

Aerial view of Jaeren, where Eurosurf 2017 took place | © Eurosurf 2017 Norway

Apart from the Stad peninsula, there is also Jæren — where the European Surfing Championship was hosted in 2017. The coastline of Jæren in Rogaland county has something for everyone: from boulder rock points for advanced surfers who like a challenge, to more gentle beaches if you’re a beginner. Karmøy, also located in Rogaland county, is a great location for different types of surfing, particularly windsurfing due to the powerful winds during winter time. When visiting Karmøy, beaches like Sandvesanden and Sandhåland should be on your list.

Surfing in Northern Norway

If you dare venture beyond the Arctic Circle, you will be pleasantly surprised. The Lofoten archipelago, besides being one of the most picturesque places in Norway to spend a weekend at, also has a long surfing tradition. Although the cold waters were not surfer-friendly during the winter (at least before the ’90s when thick wetsuits became available), Lofoten, specifically Unstad, has been known as a surfing spot since the ’60s. Nowadays Unstad is considered one of the best surfing destinations in the world — if you don’t mind your waves freezing cold. If you’re a beginner, you are advised to visit during summer when the waves are much more gentle and the midnight sun can accompany your surfing efforts all night long.

Unstad is a meeting point for arctic surf enthusiasts | © Unstad Arctic Surf

Find more exciting surfing spots all around Norway, here.

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