Surfing in Sweden
Sweden is a Scandinavian country with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with huge boreal forests and glaciated mountains. The country is bathed by the Baltic sea that has inconsistent swell and freezing winter temperatures. The one compensating attribute is the fact that the swedish coastline has a variety of setups that can capture any hint of swell generated by the Baltic Sea. Despite the adversities, Sweden has a dedicated local crew that would surf the smallest waves and won’t miss any opportunity to paddle out even in the peak of the winter.
Climate in Sweden
The climate in Sweden may vary due to the vast extension of the country. There are 3 types of climates: subpolar in Lapland and the Scandinavian Mountains, Baltic semi-continental on the south-central coasts, and almost oceanic on southern coasts and islands. The best time to surf in the country is also the coldest, winter. The late fall storms usually produce the best waves in Sweden. The water is constantly cold and a wetsuit is always required to surf in swedish waters.
Best surf spots in Sweden
The best surf spots in Sweden are Vik/Knäbäckshusen in the east, Kåseberga in the south and Mölle in the west.
Meal price range
Simple meals start at $9 USD. Mid-range meals start at $20 USD. Dining & drinking at high-end restaurants can cost anywhere from $40-100 USD.
There are one or two places where you can rent gear. Boards start at $26 USD for the day, wetsuit at $10 USD.
Prepaid SIM cards
Tele2 is a good choice. SIM cards can be purchased from convenience stores and supermarkets.
Prepaid packages start at $10 USD.
The public transport system in Sweden is one of the most efficient systems in Europe. With comprehensive train, bus and ferry networks.
Town and city bus fares are around $2 USD, but it usually works out cheaper to get a day card or other travel pass.
Taxis are readily available and always metered. A 10km ride will be at least $15 USD.
For long distance traveling buses are the economical choice.
Rental cars start at $80 USD.
$1.19 USD a liter.
Types of risks
Ice cold water.
How to prepare
Citizens from 62 countries, including the US, and Australia, can enter Sweden without a visa for up to 90 days.
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
Swedish is the official language. English is widely spoken as well.
The currency is the Krona (kr).
Best time to go
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 Sweden at #surfsweden.