Surfing in Norway
Norway is a true paradise for nature enthusiasts and sports-lovers thanks to its diverse vegetation.
The green landscape is characterised by varying topographies and long coastlines that make the country an attractive holiday destination. There are also many different leisure activities to engage in.
Norway is not known as a surf destination, so visitors can be sure to find crowd-free waves.
Even though Norway is located far north, the climate is surprisingly mild. In fact, Norway is the most northern country with ice-free waters. This is due to the warm trade winds that blow from North America via the Atlantic Ocean as well as the warm sea-streams that run north from the equator to the Norwegian Sea. Norway’s climate varies 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 when temperatures can climb up to 13-22 degrees. The coast and rocky regions reach these warmer temperatures 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 creating a continental climate. Some areas east of these mountains experience a low amount of annual rainfall, in total contrast to the Norwegian west coast that is more humid.
The rainiest period is from July until August. The Norwegian inland has about 100 days of rain annually while the coast has about 150-200.
The number of surfers visiting Norway is increasing annually due to its vacant beaches and beautiful landscapes. The winter months are the best time for surfing because there are the most powerful swells.
However, surfing in Norway is only suited for those who can withstand the cold as water temperatures rarely rise above 14 degrees even in the summer. Wetsuits, booties and gloves are a must for those up for the challenge.
Best surfing season for beginner: May – September
Best surfing 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
Airlines fly regularly from all major European airports to the following Norwegian destinations: Oslo, Bergen, Kristiansund, Stavanger, Trondheim and Sandefjord. Deals from charter airlines and low budget airlines vary depending on the season. Regional air travel is well established.
Traveling to Norway by Ferry from other Euopean counties is also an option. There is direct ferry connection from Germany (Kiel) to Oslo (19.5 hours). There are regular connections from Denmark (Hirtshals) to Kristiansand (3 hours and 15 minutes) and from Hirtshals to Larvik (3 hours and 45 minutes). A route from Sweden is also available that goes from Strömstad to Sandesfjord.