Norway is thanks to its diversified vegetation a true paradise for friends of nature and sportive people.
The green landscape, different topographies and long coastlines make the country an attractive holiday destination. Also the many different leisure activities are a plus.
The danger of crowded waves is really small, as Norway is not well known as surf destination.
Even though located far north the Norwegian climate is surprisingly mild. Norway is the most northern country with ice-free waters. This is due to the warm trade winds that blow from the American continent via the Atlantic Ocean. Further the warm sea-streams that run north from the equator to the Norwegian Sea.
The Norwegian climate varies extremely from year to year, especially in the northern regions. The average annual temperature is about 8 degrees on the west coast and below 0 degrees in the rocky regions. The coldest months are January and February with average temperatures of -7 to 0 degrees. The warmest time is the middle of July; here the temperature can climb up to 13-22 degrees. The coast and rocky regions reach the temperature peak a bit later.
The climate in Norway is totally different from the rest of Scandinavia. The high mountains that separate the Norwegian mainland defend large parts of the eastern Norwegian areas and create a rather continental climate, which you wouldn’t expect due to the proximity to the coast. Some areas east of these mountains show a very low amount of annual rainfall, in total contrast to the Norwegian west coast that is most humid.
Most rain falls from July till August. The Norwegian inland has about 100 days of rain annually and the coast about 150-200. Wind strength and direction are very different on the coast and in the mountains the winds can blow quiet strong.
Every year the number of surfer visiting Norway is increasing, due to its empty beaches and beautiful landscapes. The winter months are due to its powerful winter swells best.
However in general it can be said that the surf areas in Norway are only suited for the hard-bitten surfer as the water temperature hardly rises above 14 degrees also in summer time. Booties and gloves are a must.
Best season for beginner: May – September
Best season for advanced surfer: September –May
Crowd factor: On many spots you are alone in the water. In the summer month more people by trend
Scheduled planes fly regular from all major European airports to Oslo, Bergen, Kristiansund, Stavanger, Trondheim and Sandefjord. Offers from charter airlines and low budget airlines vary depending on the season. The national air network is well established.
The only direct ferry connection from Germany operates from Kiel to Oslo (19.5 hours) Regular connections operate from Denmark (Hirtshals) to Kristiansand (3 hours and 15 min.) and from Hirtshals to Larvik (3 hours and 45 min.) A route from Sweden is also available.
The ferry operator „Color-Line“ connects Strömstad in Sweden with Sandesfjord in Norway.