The ultimate surf camp guide to Hoddevik, Norway
Can you hear the North calling? Experience a Nordic surf adventure in the magical bay of Hoddevik. Here is the guide to everything you’ll need to know to have an amazing surf holiday in Norway.
Hoddevik truly is a surf destination out of the ordinary. Our surf camp is emerged in the stunning Norwegian nature that almost feels magical. You’ll feel an instant sense of calm when you arrive at the beautiful bay.
Hoddevik is the location of our most remote camp, so how do you get there and what do you need to prepare before the trip? Here’s our big guide to help you out!
Lapoint Surf Camp: Our beautiful home in Hoddevik
Our surf camp in Hoddevik is different from our other camps. Here you’ll stay in one of our two villas in the bay and live a more off-the-grid lifestyle. There are no restaurants or bars nearby, you’ll be getting the real outdoorsy Nordic experience!
Connecting by disconnecting
One of our favorite things about Hoddevik is that it’s easy to feel like you’re living in the present. You’ll truly be one with nature during your stay here. With one of the world's most mesmerizing surf spots (at least we think so) right down the street. You can surf during the midnight sun in the summertime and during the colder months, you can jump into the sauna after a chilly surf session! This is one of those places you didn't know your heart had been missing before coming here.
Eating at the camp: Cook all your meals together
There are no restaurants or cafes in Hoddevik, therefore we make all our meals at the camp. There is a supermarket called Bunnpris in Leikanger, a 20-minute car ride away from the camp. There you can go in your own car or together with the camp to get all the groceries that you’ll need. Both of the villas have nice kitchens where you can cook together with your newly found friends and sit outside and enjoy the meal.
Traditional Norwegian food
Do you want inspiration on what to cook together in the kitchen? Try to make traditional Norwegian food!
Do you want to try a different kind of breakfast? Then give grovbrød (whole wheat bread) with brunost (a special Norwegian cheese) a go! This is also a common meal to eat as lunch in Norway.
Rømmegrøt is a sour cream porridge. It can be served together with meat or by itself together with cinnamon and sugar.
Kjøttkaker is Norwegian meatballs, don’t make the mistake of confusing these with Swedish meatballs (you don't want to offend both the Swedes and Norwegians!), you can roll your own or buy them at the grocery store.
Raspeball is a Norwegian dish that can be described as a dumpling potato. Klubb, kompe and potetball are other names for this dish (depending on where in Norway you are) and it’s made out of flour and potatoes.
Vafler, or waffles, is a very popular dish in Norway and simply a must-try.
Weather and seasons: When’s the best time to visit Hoddevik, Norway for surfing?
The summer waves in Hoddevik are fun and beginner-friendly for level 1 surfers while more experienced surfers might like it more between March to May or September to November. During the colder months you’ll get to experience cold water surfing (maybe you’ll even get to see some snow on the ground and northern lights at night!).
"there's no bad weather only bad clothing”
The famous expression “there's no bad weather only bad clothing” fits right into the Norwegian attitude about the weather, since it can be quite unpredictable! The temperature in summer can get around 25 degrees Celcius but be prepared that there can be some rainy and windy days too so pack accordingly.
Packing: What should I bring for my surf trip to Hoddevik?
Since this surf camp is different from our other camps, there are a few important things that you’ll need to add to your packing list:
Hoddevik, Norway: general packing
Food: It’s a good idea to bring food for the whole stay if you travel to Hoddevik by car, since the food prices are quite expensive in Norway. The closest supermarket (Bunnpris in Leikanger) is a 20-minute car ride away from the camp.
Bedding: You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and bed linen to the camp.
Towels: Bring a towel for the beach and a towel for the shower.
Water bottle: The tap water in Norway is safe to drink, but remember to bring a reusable water bottle to fill it up with.
Sunscreen: The sun in Norway may not be as strong as it is at our tropical destination, but it never hurts to bring one for the sunny days anyway.
Something warm: The weather can be unpredictable around Hoddevik, so bring some warm clothes for the foggy mornings and chilly Norwegian evenings. Some rain gear and a windproof jacket are also good to pack.
Good shoes: There are some really nice hikes around Hoddevik so make sure you bring comfortable hiking shoes.
Motion sickness pills: The roads in Norway may be beautiful, but they are often far from straight! So if you know you get car sick easily, then don't forget to bring some pills for motion sickness!
The beach is our home. We are leaving it better than we found it.
We have made a commitment to our ocean, beaches and community. They are our playground, our home and our livelihood. We are going to leave them better than we found them. That means that all our employees, friends and guests helps out with recycling and taking other actions for the environment. Each week there are beach cleaning and recycling activities to ensure that our home stays the way it was supposed to be.