To come straight to the point: Yes, it’s cold. Very cold. Probably the coldest water you ever have been in with your surfboard and wetsuit.
So why then Norway? Take a look on the map where it is and you’ll have found the answer. The coastline lies at the mercy of the waves which are coming from the whole Atlantic Ocean.
While watching it on the map you also might think that so far up in the north probably won’t live so much people up there. Maybe some natives, some few tourists which are hiking in the mountains but not really many people at all. And that’s really true, especially when you compare it with the typical coasts in the southern parts of Europe. You can find here silent places, waves just for you the whole day. This can make you feel really close to the nature.
The coastline is over 24.000 km (15.000 miles) long. This often causes also a lot of space between two surf spots what will require a long journey, too. Obviously the nature you can see on the way is just awesome and untouched, but take the great distances into account for your time tableyou’re your wallet.
Fuel is, like everything in Norway, very expensive (though Norway pumps up a lot of oil). You can easily pay 12€ for a beer, 14€ for a menu at the fast food giants and 15€+ for a box of Cigarettes here. The best is probably to come in the summer with a tent and stay outside, far away from hostels and cities which can seduce you to spend money for it. It’s allowed (in whole Scandinavia and Finland) to stay overnight outside in the nature, as long as you follow some few, actually logical rules like disturbing no animals, taking your waste with you when you leave your place and so on. There is also no fear to get raided, it’s one of the safest countries you can imagine.
But let’s come to the most important points of all: The waves. As already mentioned and obviously, the water is pretty cold, even in the summer, and you’ll need a suit. Thanks to the developments in the technology of those, it’s possible to surf there without freezing. And start earlier in the spring and stop later in the fall with the season is also more and more doable. The real warm summer is a little bit shorter than in the rest of Europe, from May to September. Don’t think just a millisecond about surfing there in the real winter from November to February until the suits are heated up electronically or something like that one day. Except of this it also would be just dark during the day. It’s so much up in the north that there is nearly no daylight anymore during the winter but therefore always sun, even during the night in the summer. The more you go north, the more intensive you can discover this, until complete darkness for weeks in winter and complete all time daylight in the summer.
Do you have any experiences with this beautiful country?