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Fjord Tours Articles / 19 Aug 2019

Why Everyone Needs to Try Surfing At Least Once

When people think of Norway, chances are that they think of the majestic fjords around Bergen, the cosmopolitanism of Oslo with cultural highlights like the Vigeland Park and the Munch museum. However, something that is very big in Norway that many people might not know about is its thriving surfing culture.

Surf’s Up Lofoten

Every year, thousands of people flock to the beaches of Lofoten in order to hit the revitalizing waters of the Norwegian Sea. If you have never had the pleasure of surfing off the coast of Norway, then here is why you should ensure that you get the opportunity to do so at least once in your life. The most famous spot for surfing in Norway is located here, Unstad where enthusiasts threw their boards into the waves as early as the 1960s. Believe it or not, this is an all year activity, and when done in winter, in the arctic region, one should take the opportunity to experience the northern lights. A northern lights chase in Tromsø is an inland adventure to round off a day of surfing the rough arctic waters! 


Matthias Tillen Haukland Beach Lofoten Crop
Photo: Mathias Tillen

Best Way to Experience the Open Water

The deep blue waters of Norway’s coastline are something that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. However, seeing it from the shore or on top of a cruise ship does not quite provide a full experience. In order to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of its waters, you need to actually get into them. The best way to do this is to pick up a surfboard, start riding some waves, and become one with the vibrant beauty of the sea.

Sweat and Smile at the Same Time

One of the worst things about trying to be healthy is that it requires getting exercise, which is often incredibly dull. Surfing provides a way for you to not only work your body, but do so while also having the time of your life. Surfing works almost every group of muscles from your calves to your shoulders and even provides a good amount of aerobic activity to help you raise your heartbeat and burn those calories in a truly fun way. Though, we'd recommend, if your plan is to winter surf in Norway, that you're fitness level is up for the challenge! Surfing in Norway is, in any case, for all levels, and there are several surfing camps and schools that will show the surfer rookie how to move on the waves.

Matthias Tillen Haukland Beach Crop
Photo: Matthias Tillen Haukland

Other Surfing Hotspots in Norway

With the exception of the Lofoten surfing locations that occasionally attract crowds, the surfing spots in Norway generally offer a crowd free surf. Several of these locations have schools and camps offering instruction in the art of arctic surfing.

  • Alnes, Sunnmøre.
  • Hustadvika, Møre og Romsdal.
  • Hoddevika, Stadt.
  • Satlstein, Vestfold.
  • Boblå, Jæren.