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Beaches

Swimming, white sand, and water activities
As most coastal areas are free and open to the public, you can combine days of happy beach life with activities like hiking, biking and fishing, Arctic fun under the midnight sun, space enough for everyone, booming urban culture, fjords, and untouched nature – and perhaps some whale spotting.
Two people running on a beach at Andøy in Vesterålen, Norway
Andøya in Vesterålen.
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The world’s second longest shoreline has numerous beaches that are as diverse as the rest of Norway. And if that’s not enough, you have free access to the many lakes covering around three percent of the mainland as well.

While some Norwegian beaches are well-known leisure spots where you’ll meet everyone from local families to foreign surfers, far more just happen to appear in front of you when you’re not even looking – like a paradise you stumble into and get the sense that only you have found.

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Warmer temperatures open up for many water and beach activities. Managing the waves on a surfboard or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is excellent exercise before a hearty picnic in the sand or on the sloping smooth rocks.

Swim in the city – or far away from it all

If you are planning a city break and would like to spend some time by the water, many urban areas have upgraded their beach facilities or created new ones to boost the quality of city life.

On the other hand, at a selection of northern beaches, you can expect to see lots of wildlife, and you might find yourself in the middle of a spontaneous and unexpected whale or sea eagle safari. With 239,057 islands along a shoreline that equals two and a half trips around the globe, relaxing Norwegian beaches will probably never stop to surprise you.

Why Norwegian beaches are so special

Compared to the sometimes overcrowded beaches in other countries, the Norwegian ones often have fewer people, clearer waters and not too busy surroundings, even in more urban areas like Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim.

More than sunbathing

A day by the sea can be easily combined with other rewarding things to do, like hiking, biking, fishing, and skiing. Yes, you read that right – in Fjord Norway, you can ski down a snowclad mountaintop and go for a swim in the fjord on the same day.

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Blue Flag beaches

The first Norwegian beach to be certified by the strict eco-label Blue Flag was Bystranden in the city of Kristiansand. In 2018, Norway has as many as 17 Blue Flag beaches, and many more are working to get the certification.

The Blue Flag certification demands excellent water quality, a clean beach area, safety measures and lifeguards, access for the physically disabled, clean-up and recycling management, clean toilets and restroom facilities, and drinking water supplies.

Several national campaigns, official and unofficial, have helped create a collective consciousness around clearing beaches and the sea of unwanted rubbish.

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Cool off at Norway’s beaches

Find a beach near you
Sandy beach between towering mountains on the westernmost part of mainland Norway. Hoddevik is very popular for surfers from all over the world. In… Read more
Hoddevik
Solastranden is a 2,3 km long beach close to the airport. It is one of the most popular beaches in the Stavanger region, and a well used spot for… Read more
Sola beach
You can feed "goldfi sh" here! The goldfi sh in question are Ide, released into Skårsvatnet in 1914. Good picnic and bathing area. Featured on NRK -… Read more
The Goldfish Lake
Try snorkeling in the Hemsila river. Put on a wetsuit, life jacket, scuba mask and follow the guide to experience the trout in their natural habitat. Read more
River snorkling in Hemsila
Lovisenberg & Valberg are located on the peninsula Langtangen. Here you´ll find a large terrain for hiking, amazing views and idyllic places for… Read more
Lovisenberg and Valberg
Buy a giftcard on activities at Hemsedal Active. Read more
Gavekort hos Hemsedal Aktiv
Paddling a canoe or kayak on the mountain lakes is a great nature experience! in Hemsedal you can rent both, canoes and kayaks and paddle on the water… Read more
Canoe rental
Package with accommodation 2 days or more in an apartment and a single tour with Mountain Cart. Can be booked from 1st of July. Read more
Summer package
Recreation area by Maridalsvannet lake at the northern end of the Akerselva river, next to a waterfall and the Norwegian Museum of Science and… Read more
Frysja / Brekkedammen
Lovely place along the Telemark coast. Sandy beaches and nice hiking areas. Read more
Hydrostranda - Bamble
Krogshavn in Langeund is one of the most visited open-air mulicipality in Bamble. Read more
Krogshavn bathing place - Langesund
Visit Rauøra - the Riviera in the heart of Trollheimen. Read more
Rauøra
Located only a short drive or ferry trip from Kragerø, Stabbestad offers beautiful nature and bathing possibilities. It`s also a great starting point… Read more
Stabbestad
Welcome to one of the most beautiful beaches in Telemark, Rognstranda in Bamble. Read more
Rognstranda bathing place - BAMBLE
Along the "Strandpromenaden" and near by the city center of Kristiansand is Bystranda. Read more
Kristiansand City beach
The beach is located at the entrance to the water park in the Animal Park "Dyreparken" and is marked as Blue Flag beach. Read more
Dyreparkstranda beach
Nesparken at Vansjø is the city's largest green lung, offers several bathing areas and is only a 5-minute walk from the city center, just… Read more
Nesparken beach
With its beautiful silver sand, this 1,5 km long beach is one of Norway`s finest swimming beaches. Refvik is approx. 10 km from Måløy.… Read more
Refviksanden Beach
Beaches on the Bygdøy peninsula with big crowds on sunny summer days. Snack bar open in summer. The area is used for outdoor recreation all year… Read more
Huk & Paradisbukta beach
Grassy slopes and shallow waters makes this beach very attractive for both young and old. With a floating bridge, volleyball net, kiosk and WC, this… Read more
Ringshaug Beach
Einarsnes is a popular hiking area, with a breathtaking beach nearby. Read more
Einarsnes
Hemsedal Golfklubb is located in the scenic valley, Grøndalen, about 10 km from Hemsedal city centre. The river Hemsila runs through course, which… Read more
Hemsedal Golfklubb
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Yoga
Rosfjordsanden beach area is located by Lyngdal in the heart of Rosfjorden. Read more
Rosfjordsanden beach in Lyngdal
Hamresanden is a 3 km long sandy beach with a buzzy life in the summer season and a lot of sand. Read more
Hamresanden beach - Blue Flag
Grotlesanden is a white sandy beach in Bremanger municipality.The beach is a popular attraction during the summer, and is also a fascinating sight… Read more
Grotlesanden
Kvitevik is an area with two good beaches, picnic area and good places for fishing. Steep cliffs to the southwest. In Kvitevik you will find the best… Read more
Kvitevik bathing spot
Kindingstadvågen is right next to the Finnfast tunnel. The picnic facilities are good, and the beach is nice for the entire family. You can choose to… Read more
Kindingstadvågen bathing spot
Sjøbadet Myklebust is a public outdoors swimming area located along the coast of Tananger, specifically in the Jåsund peninsula in the north of… Read more
Sjøbadet Myklebust (public sea pool)
Our region boasts the longest sandy beaches in Norway, 70 km in all, and long stretches of sand dunes with their own special flora and fauna. The… Read more
The Jæren beaches - protected landscape area & Hope Spot
Enjoy the magnificent view from the top of the chair lift at 1100 meters above sea level. Read more
Open Chair Lift - Hollvin Express
Bymarka. Pier. Nice area for hiking, part of the marked trails on the east side of Gandsfjorden. Read more
Bymarka
Havik beach is located in Lista just outside Farsund in Southern Norway and is one of the most popular beaches in the region. Read more
Havik Beach Lista
Treat yourself to a lovely "mountain spa" experience at Helselaben. This is the package for those who want to be renewed as a new and improved me! Read more
Spa: "Mountain Spa Delux"
Treat yourself to a lovely "mountain spa" experience at Helselaben. This is the package for you if you want to give yourself a treat in a hectic… Read more
Spa: Back and neck massage incl. manicure/pedicure
Treat yourself to a lovely "mountain spa" experience at Helselaben. This is the package for you if you want a treatment that relaxes, gives inner… Read more
Spa: Facial and full body massage
Team building and activity programs for groups and companies. This will be a program that can be implemented where each group stays. The activities… Read more
Teambuilding with Hemsdal Fjellsport
Kvaviksanden beach is located right next to Camp Lyngdal in Lyngdal. Read more
Kvaviksanden beach in Lyngdal
Sjøbadet! A great beach in the centre of Moss! Is situated next to the Bastø ferries and the canal. Read more
Sjøbadet - The city centre beach
Sandy beach with adjacent car park and toilets. Read more
Ferkingstad
Nordbøvågen is a perfect spot for a picnic or to go bathing. Here you can watch the sunset under the horizon; as a matter of fact; Nordbøvågen is… Read more
Nordbøvågen bathing spot
We offer everything from simple 3 hours tours to day program or several days. Read more
Canoeing
Hemsedal Golf Resort is located on the border between Gol and Hemsedal, on route 52, 17 km from Hemsedal and 15 km from Gol. Read more
Hemsedal Golf Alpin
A great recreational area right outside Kristiansand centre. Read more
Bertesbukta beach
Lomsesanden is an excellent sandy beach suitable for the whole family. The water is shallow and the beach is sheltered from the winds from the west. Read more
Lomsesanden
Paradisbukta is a beach next to the Mineralpark and Klatreskogen climbing forest in Evje. Read more
Paradisbukta beach at the Mineralpark
There are many nice swimming spots in Hemsedal. Small mountain lakes are rapidly heated on a warm summerday (easily up to 20 C). The water in rivers… Read more
Badeplasser
Two tennis courts by Hemsedal Golf course in Grøndalen. Read more
Tennis
Kviljosanden beach is located in Lista just outside Farsund in Southern Norway and is one of the many beautiful beaches in the region. Read more
Kviljosanden beach Lista
If you arrive here by private boat, there are docking areas nearby. Read more
Lille Danmark swimming place
A unique experience - see Hemsedal from the air! Read more
Paragliding in Hemsedal
The Sandviga beach is on the hiking trail to the Brufjell potholes. During a hot summer, it is the perfect place to stop and take a swim after a long… Read more
Sandviga Beach
Furulunden is a large nature park with beautiful sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and pine forests. Read more
Furulunden
Odderøya in Kristiansand was the former naval base - now recreational area. Marked picturesque paths, old cannon positions, small beaches and a long… Read more
Odderøya
Sandvesanden Beach is one of Karmøy's finest attractions, which is located beside Sandve north of Skudeneshavn. The area around Sandvesanden is richly… Read more
Sandvesanden
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Kirkeng Events
Sandholmen, Syre. A brief jaunt from the yacht harbour at Syre. The path leads through a little wood to an attractive, natural bathing beach. The… Read more
Sandholmen
This is very popular area for boat tourists located to the east of Bjoafjorden Fjord. All of the islands are designated as an outdoor amenity with… Read more
Romsa Islands
A picturesque lake close to Rindal rural museum. Popular recreation area and bathing place with nature trail, picnic areas with tables/benches as well… Read more
Igltjønna - swimming lake
Bogstadvannet is a lake on the border between Oslo and Bærum with beach areas on both sides. The lake has perch, whitefish and trout and is a… Read more
Bogstadvannet lake
Skartveitvågen on Halsnøy is the centre of the island. Here you will find a marina and different points of interest to both locals and tourists… Read more
Skartveitvågen
Family-friendly beach just outside Oslo on the east side of the fjord, with beautiful funkis-style diving tower, facilities and restaurant. Read more
Ingierstrand beach
Canoeing and hiking on the border! Bråtorp camping opened in 2016 and offers 8 brand new cabins with 5 beds and a service building. Also including… Read more
Bråtorp camping
Sandy beach with adjacent car park and toilets. Good conditions for windsurfing. Read more
Åkra beach
Skarvann in Øysang is an absolute eldorado for canoe-enthusiasts. Read more
Camp Skarvann
Lord Edward T. Salvesen from Scotland built his fine holiday home in Furulunden just outside Mandal. Read more
Risøbank
Langøya is a swimming and picnic area located by the lake Vega. There is a fishing pier, many tables and chairs, a barbeque area and toilet facilities… Read more
Langøya bathing
Straand Summerland is located on the lakeside in Vrådal and features a playground, a beach, boat rental, beach volleyball and a summer cafè. Read more
Straand Summerland - activity area
Blue Flag beaches
Popular swimming spot at Lønborg, 15 kilometers from Bergen city center. Read more
Helleneset
The long-stretching beach at Åkrasanden invites one to go bathing in the bright summer days, and not least, to build a huge sandcastle or use the… Read more
Åkrasanden
Orrestranden beach is three km long. Toilets and sale of food at the recreation centre, Friluftshuset where there are also barbeque facilities. The… Read more
Orre beach
Along the "Strandpromenaden" and near by the city center of Kristiansand is Bystranda. Read more
Kristiansand City beach
The beach is located at the entrance to the water park in the Animal Park "Dyreparken" and is marked as Blue Flag beach. Read more
Dyreparkstranda beach
Beaches on the Bygdøy peninsula with big crowds on sunny summer days. Snack bar open in summer. The area is used for outdoor recreation all year… Read more
Huk & Paradisbukta beach
Fornebukta Beach Fornebukta is located on the north side of Fornebu. At Smedtangen right outside the swimming area you will find barbeque area and… Read more
Places to swim in Baerum
Hestesund, Nesøya A small sandy beach with swimming raft and diving board. The beach is mostly used by locals. Poor parking Hvam Odden, Nesøya Hvam… Read more
Beaches in Asker
Tronvik Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Moss. The beach is located on the west side of Jeløya with a child-friendly sandy… Read more
Tronvik beach
Nesparken at Vansjø is the city's largest green lung, offers several bathing areas and is only a 5-minute walk from the city center, just… Read more
Nesparken beach
Sjøbadet! A great beach in the centre of Moss! Is situated next to the Bastø ferries and the canal. Read more
Sjøbadet - The city centre beach
Grassy slopes and shallow waters makes this beach very attractive for both young and old. With a floating bridge, volleyball net, kiosk and WC, this… Read more
Ringshaug Beach
Foten is one of the best sand beaches in Fredrikstad and has the environmental certification Blue Flag. Foten is used all year, but is especially… Read more
Foten beach
Near Skjærhalden center is "the city beach" Kroksand, suitable for the whole family. Read more
Kroksand beach
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