Surfing isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they talk about Iceland. Bjork, the northern lights, snow or even SigurRos might be their first few thoughts but it rarely is ever surfing. Looking for surf spots in Iceland can prove to be a challenge for the unprepared, so here’s a good tip for those who want to surf in Iceland: Head over to Reykjavik.

In Haffjordur, 7 miles off of Reykjavik you will find a great shop for your surfing needs. Whether you’re looking to rent surfing gear or purchase them, JadarSport is the shop to visit. You can find surfing gear for sale and hire, as well as other sporting goods such as skateboarding gear. From there, you can then head on to Thorli beach in Thorlakshofn, which is a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. There, a beach that’s mostly black sand and dunes can be found, and the place offers a favorable conditions for surfing. The reef, which is a few miles off the beach, is also great for surfing. This is especially for those who prefer reefs over the beach.


The thing to note when planning to surf in this area is that it will be cold, so it would be best to pick the right gear to make the surfing trip a comfortable and an enjoyable one. 6 mm suits, gloves and boots would be preferable. Surfers who dislike crowds when surfing are sure to find this place enjoyable. With there being very few people in Iceland who surf, even with all of them surfing at the same time, there will be a lot of coastline for each one to enjoy for themselves.

With the characteristics of the point break, surfers can enjoy a continuous volley of waves coming in, one after another. However, these waters aren’t necessarily just for surfing. Though not really used by the locals for such activities, a lot of water sports can actually be nice to do in these waters, such as kayaking and wake boarding, just to name a few.

Suffice to say, the most probable reason why there aren’t that many surfers in Iceland is because of the waters’ temperature. A lot of surfers look for warmer waters to surf in, but there are those who don’t mind the cold, as long as they can get awesome surf. For the latter, this place can very well be paradise. For those who aren’t very fond of cold waters, it would be wise to visit Iceland during the late summer to autumn, where water temperatures go up to 10c. For those who want to surf to their heart’s content regardless of water temperatures, visiting Iceland during the spring to summer seasons would be a treat. It never gets too dark during this period, no matter what time of day it is. Surfers can practically surf anytime they want, even at 2:00 in the morning.

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There are a few things that surfers should keep in mind though, before heading over to Iceland to surf. One is, it can be relatively expensive to fly surfboards over. Also, unlike other established surfing destinations, there aren’t many surf shops around Iceland to rent or purchase surfing gear from. Heading over to JadarSport might be one of the surest ways to secure surfing gear in the country. Flying to the country with a surfboard in tow could cost the average person an arm and a leg, so renting gear locally is the only real option for tourists. The waters of Iceland, though they may appeal to seasoned surfers, may not be ideal for beginners, however. While the waves can be rather tame at times around the beach breaks, the general characteristics of the waves in Icelandic waters are for those who already know their way around tough waves, and not for those who are still learning.

Overall, a visit to Iceland would be worth the expense. Aside from the world-class waves that the waters produce, there are also tons of sights and sounds to enjoy while touring. The drinking scene is lively during the weekends, and the likes of the northern lights are just a sample of what beauty nature has bestowed upon this country. For those looking for a fun-packed surfing vacation and don’t mind cold waters, Iceland is definitely one of the best places in the world to visit.