Surf Massive Waves Along Norway's Coast

This Scandinavian country has around 15,000 miles of gorgeous shoreline.

Recommended by: Mark Healey, Surfer

Mark Healey lives to discover new things. Hence an unusual pick at the top of his surfing bucket list: Norway. Only in the last few years have photographs of people surfing massive waves leaked out of the Scandinavian country, and they’ve caught the attention of big-wave surfers worldwide.

"It’s such an opposite environment than what I’m mostly used to," Healey says. "I have no idea exactly where I’d want to go; I just want to go. The whole point in wanting to go somewhere is being surprised."

Stavanger, on the North Sea, is the nascent center of surfing in the country, and it has a smattering of surf shops and photogenic breaks near fjords. The possibilities beyond, however, are virtually endless. Norway has some 15,000 miles of coastline, and the few local surfers you’ll encounter tend to be overjoyed to share their discoveries.

Mark Healey is the consummate waterman. He has surfed some of the world’s famed big breaks, like Waimea, Jaws, and Mavericks, free dived with sharks—and caught a ride on the tail of a great white—and he regularly spearfishes for dinner, holding his breath for up to four minutes at a stretch.

Book your next trip with Peace of Mind
Search Trips

Read This Next

Can science help personalize your diet?
Hogs are running wild in the U.S.—and spreading disease
Salman Rushdie on the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet