Secluded Surfing Paradise of Norway

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth on October 9, 2013 · 5 comments


Ever thought of surfing in Norway?

Me neither. I always thought that surfing is for the tropics, or at least for places with similar temperatures to Portugal only, but when my husband said “let’s go somewhere new”, I replied with “let’s go surfing on the west coast”.

Hoddevik in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

My friend told us about a place we had hard time locating on the map, a village on the shore of a bay among the broken coastline of fjords. With only a steep narrow road leading through the few old farm estates that form the village before the route finishes right at the Atlantic, the village felt like the last place on earth.

The village of Hoddevik is combination of old and new. Old in the way the farms and fishing businesses have been passed along in the families of the village for hundreds of years. New in a sense that while the younger village generation is long gone for the busier and more exciting life outside the bay, they have been replaced by a new breed.

I don’t know how the surfers found this secluded spot, and I didn’t think to ask. But just as they now keep looking for bigger and better swells by searching the coastline with boats, I guess that’s how they one day discovered Hoddevik in Stadlandet, little south of Ålesund in the west coast of Norway.

Stad Surfing in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

“Are you staying here?”, she asked, as we made our way up the stairs to the door of the white house displaying a “Stad Surfing” sign.

“Not yet”, I said, wondering whether the surf house was the right place for a family. The combination of a newborn, toddler and what I thought would be surfer parties going until early hours of the morning, didn’t seem like the perfect match. Although come to think of it, maybe that is the perfect match as everyone’s up all night long, albeit for different reasons!

Stad Surfing in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

We abandoned our four-wheeled home for a night in what turned out to be one of the most coziest, peaceful and chilled out evenings and nights I’ve ever had in a hostel-like setting. September mid-week nights are clearly not their high-season, but even in the summer time they have events for families and kids proving my theory of surf houses as party centrals only, quite wrong.

Surfing in Stad, Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Did we surf?

No. The tiny swell did not convince us to get wet in the early autumn weather. Instead, we biked along the main, and only strip through the village, grabbed a long board to test from the fence outside Stad Surfing where the boards were waiting to be taken for a spin on the asphalted road. We strolled on the beach and played with the sand. We slept the second night in our van, tasted the crab the local fishermen offered to us as we parked by the beach, and listened to the rain and wind hammering our tin box all through the night.

Biking with kids in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Trying longboarding in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Playing in the sand with kids in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Catching crab in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Sunset in Hoddevik, Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Given the right conditions, Hoddevik is said to be one of the best places for Norway in surfing. With its hidden location, so far it has been undiscovered by the masses although it is getting busier by day. The most ideal conditions for surfing are outside the summer months, although the summer swells, if there are any, are perfect for beginners.

But for now, our first Norway surf experience is still waiting. Meanwhile we will hopefully test the Atlantic waters of Ireland instead!

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Mrs. Chasing the Donkey October 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Brrrrrr, too cld too surf. Plus winter outfits are ohhh so cute, look at her beanie and gum boots. Tres cute!
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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth October 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Ha ha, with VERY thick wetsuit it’s all good! I love winter but I’m not looking forward to all those layers I have to manage to get on my daughter :)
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