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Couple enjoying the view of Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
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Couple enjoying the view of Lofoten, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway

Coast and coastal culture

The coastline of Norway is long, stretching from an idyllic archipelago in the south, to a wild and untamed meeting between land and sea in the north.

There are people living along almost the entire length of the Norwegian coast, which is punctuated by long beaches, bustling coastal towns, world-famous fjords, thriving fishing villages and restored fishermen’s shacks. The islands along the coast are inhabited and full of natural gems, bird colonies and local culture.

The south coast is where the Norwegian summer is at its best. Here you can lie out on a rock and soak up the sun with a good book. The west coast is the place to enjoy your favourite water-based activities. Deep-sea rafting gets the adrenalin pumping and sea fishing provides both relaxation and excitement at the same time. Up in the north, you can visit small fishing villages that are still going strong. Eagle and whale safaris bring you closer to the local wildlife.

Many of the shacks where the fishermen lived during the fishing season in times gone by have been restored and converted into unusual accommodation.

Along the coast, you will also find lighthouses which have gradually been decommissioned, and instead now offer accommodation at the mouth of the fjords.

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Last updated:  2013-07-08
Fisherman´s cabin in Å in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Frithjof Fure/Innovation Norway
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Couple enjoying the view of Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway

Coast and coastal culture

The coastline of Norway is long, stretching from an idyllic archipelago in the south, to a wild and untamed meeting between land and sea in the north.

Coast and coastal culture

Source: Visitnorway

Spend your time by the coast

Stay in a lighthouse or an old fishermen's cabin. Go fishing or join a whale safari.

Safety at sea

No fish is worth risking your life. Conditions at sea can be unpredictable so take adequate precautions before setting out on your fishing trip.

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