Surfing in Norway
Norway is a Scandinavian country surrounded by mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords that usually is not the first destination that comes to mind when you think of surfing. The beautiful and varied coastline has multiple setups for all kinds of waves. Surfing could only start in Norway in the beginning of the 90s when wetsuit technology developed. The extremely cold weather and the lack of daylight in winter time, when the best waves arrive, are challenges that don't stop the thriving surf scene to grow in Norway. Summer time has smaller and inconsistent waves, but up to 24 hours of continuous sunlight, which means more time to enjoy the waves and the beach. What makes surfing in Norway so special is finding surf spots located between old viking settlements, sand beaches and tall mountains. Norway is one of the most unique surf getaways in the world and offers waves with a stunning and wild backdrop.
Climate in Norway
Norway is a Nordic country that has an alpine tundra climate. The country is affected by the Gulf Stream, so the weather is not extremely cold along the coast. However, the country is very large and has a few different climates to be taken into account. The best time to surf solid waves is during winter but the lack of sunlight is a challenge in this period of the year. Summer is ideal for beginners that have extended daylight to improve their surf techniques. You need a 5/4 wetsuit, gloves, hoodie and boots since the water temperature is consistently cold averaging 6°C during winter and 8° in summer.
Best surf spots in Norway
The best surf spots in Norway are located in the Lofoten area: Berlevåg Sandfjorden, Ducks, Lop Camping, Persfjord, Seines, Skallelv, Storvika and Unstad Beach.
Meal price range
Simple meals start at $10 USD. Mid-range meals start at $20 USD. Dining & drinking at high-end restaurants can cost anywhere from $50-80 USD
There are a couple places where you can rent gear. Boards start at $20 USD a day. Wetsuits are $30 USD a day.
Prepaid SIM cards
Lycamobile is a good choice. SIM cards can be purchased from shops, retailers, kiosks.
Prepaid packages start at $13 USD.
Norway’s public transport system – trains, buses, car ferries and passenger express ferries – is comprehensive and reliable.
Every city and town in Norway has a local bus service, and there is an extensive network of express coaches throughout the country.
Norway also has a well-developed railway network stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle.
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Types of risks
Frigid water and wind, hypothermia. Lack of daylight in winter.
How to prepare
Citizens from 92 countries, including the US and Australia, can enter Norway without a visa for 30- 90 days, depending on which country you’re a citizen of. Other visitors will need to apply for an eVisa before they travel.
Although it's not mandatory, it’s recommended that you have been vaccinated for hepatitis A & B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, Tdap, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, influenza, measles, mumps and rubella.
Things to know
Language & Currency
Norway has two official languages Norwegian and Sami.
The currency is Norwegian Krone
Best time to go
The best time to surf solid waves is during winter but the lack of sunlight is a challenge in this period of the year. Summer is ideal for beginners.
Checking Surf forecast
Checking the forecast about a week before your trip is always a good idea. Understanding what the waves will be like and knowing what gear to pack is essential. You can check the forecast for the waves here.
Do I need pack a pharmacy kit
You should bring a basic kit. Including ear drops, eye drops, bandaids, ear plugs, gaze, alcohol, and broad spectrum antibiotic ointment.
World Nomads has great travel insurance packages that are not super expensive and they cover surfing.
Check surf pictures of Norway at #surfnorway.