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Scandinavian Beaches

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Scandinavian Beaches

My friend and I are visiting some friends of mine in Oslo for a weekend in mid-August but would like to begin the week at a beach resort in Scandinavia. I read on the internet that there are beaches near Stavanger but are there any other beach resorts (with hotels on the beach) in Scandinavia that anyone could recommend? We would be willing to go anywhere in Scandinavia, not just Norway.

Thanks so much!

Stavanger, Norway
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1. Re: Scandinavian Beaches

When you say beach resort, do you mean beach resorts like in the Caribbean and on the Greek islands? Well then I will have to disappoint you. Denmark has sandy beaches though and you will also find great beaches in the Stavanger region. The sea temperature is colder, around 20°C if you are lucky, but the beaces are lovely on a summer day. People use the beaches for walks, picnics and sunbathing. However, you will not find sunbeds for rent nor a row of hotels along the beach.

You can read more here: regionstavanger.com/en/…

One of the few beach hotels is Sola Strand Hotel: sola-strandhotel.no/en/solastrandhotel/sola-…

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If by beach you mean a sandy beach, there are not too many in Norway. The longest stretches of sandy beaches are found south from Stavanger as Pippi points out. But this area is also notorious for cold winds and rain, in a summer there may be only a few days with weather and water temperatures good enough go swimming. Your chances of good weather are better in south-east Norway.

You probably would not call it a beach resort, but I will recommend Nevlunghavn on the coast of Vestfold, a nice little fishing port with an old-fashioned guesthouse:

http://www.nevlunghavn-gjestgiveri.no/

Some pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gog/729246849/

oljekatastrofen.no/bilder/olje_16_060809_598…

The small, but very nice nearby sandy beach Oddane Sand :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/93058409@N00/1161095674/

Also quite close to Oslo, if that counts.

Edited: 09 May 2011, 21:55
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3. Re: Scandinavian Beaches

Try to stay in Oslo, and take the local boat every morning from the Pir Vippetangen, and jump off on one of many islands. Take lunch and drinks with you, and enjoy a dinner in the city in the night...

You can`t find more lovely "beach life" in the world..;)

Enjoy!

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If you like surfing or kiting, the area around Sola (few steps from Stavanger airport) and further south are excellent.

www.flickr.com/photos/diekm/2601041512/

Apart from this, Norway has very few sandy beaches. Denmark and the Baltic sea has wide sandy beaches, but again, the weather is not consistently warm as the Mediterranean.

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On the east coast you won't find many sandy beaches, but many grass beaches or possibilities to take a traditional Norwegian dip from the "svaberg" (rocks from which you often jump straight into the water.) Many (myself included) prefer this to wading on sand beaches, but it all depends on what you expect from a beach. Here's an illustration of what one might find between Tønsberg and Kristiansand: http://bit.ly/kdu3ix

The other suggestions here are good (the Oslo ferries are a personal favorite), but in addition I'll add a trip to Drøbak as an option for when you're in the Oslo region. It's only a short bus ride away, and is known as "Badebyen" - the Bathing City. It also has an nice fortress for those interested in a bit of history.

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6. Re: Scandinavian Beaches

I'm not sure Norway has exactly what you are looking for, but here are some suggestions anyway.

Mid-August is usually the time of the year with the warmest sea temperatures in Norway, and in the inner Oslofjord, temperatures can be around 21-22C, but this is no guarantee. In this area, Holmen Fjordhotell in Asker (20km outside of Oslo) is an alternative, although it could hardly be classified as a beach resort. It does, however, have a very good location with great views, a nice SPA, and there are several beaches in the vincinity. http://holmenfjordhotell.no/?page_id=56

In southern Norway, (the water temperature is usually a bit colder than in the Oslofjord) Strand Hotel Fevik is an alternative: www.strandhotelfevik.no/bildegalleri.asp tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g190485-d149805…

Further south, in Mandal, there is a very nice sandy beach called Sjøsanden. There aren't any hotels by the beach as far as I know of, but there are holiday apartments. http://www.ferietun.no/

Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (IMO) are found in northern Norway, however, it is far too cold to go for a swim there (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleik)

With all of this being said, I would do as GuideGunnar points out. Stay in Oslo, and take a ferry out to some islands in the Oslofjord, or the bus to one of the nearby beaches, eg. Huk ( oslofjorden.com/badesteder/badestrender_oslo… )

Edited: 11 May 2011, 11:54
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7. Re: Scandinavian Beaches

Here is to give you an idea of Drøbak and the fortress:

Drøbak

http://tinyurl.com/dn6rhw

Oscarsborg fortress:

http://tinyurl.com/ddcoea

You may also go there by a fast ferry from Oslo in peak season.

Some more photos for you:

Oslofjord (including the main island - Hovedøya)

http://tinyurl.com/d5gh9u

Gressholmen island

http://tinyurl.com/cw65ob

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8. Re: Scandinavian Beaches

Thanks so much for responses everyone. So helpful!!!

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