About Unstad


Contact & location

Unstad Arctic Surf
Unstadveien 105, N-8363 BØSTAD, NORWAY
Phone: +47 970 61 201
E-mail: hello@unstadsurf.com

Our history

Since 1963 there have been surfers in Unstad bay. Thor Frantzen and Hans Egil Krane were probably the first surfers in Norway. As young boys, they had to work on ships to earn money. The ships traveled worldwide and in Sydney, they saw and tried surfing for the first time. Back home in Lofoten they had to make their own boards. At the time, the famous Beach boys were on all the top hit lists. On their Surfin´safari LP cover from 1962, they posed with surfboards. Thor and Hans Egli used this as an inspiration, and off they went and made their own surfboards. These boards can be seen at Unstad.

Then again in the early 90s, Kristian Breivik rediscovered the bay. At this time, there were only a few surfers in Norway and they were all located around the Stavanger area. Kristian moved to Stavanger and talked so much about these fantastic waves north of the arctic circle. One day, they gathered a small team and headed up to face the waves. They scored big time with a monster swell from south west and perfect barrels rolled in. Surfing magazine also traveled with them.

In 1999, surfers like Sam Lamiroy and Spencer Hargraves made the epic surf movie E2K, which was filmed at Unstad beach. At this time, there were not many surfers in the area. In 2000, Tommy Olsen moved up and started surfing. Some years later there were a handful of local surfers. In 2003, Unstad Camping was a reality. It was founded by Thor Frantzen and his wife Randi and in the beginning, there were only a few cabins. They built some new cabins, started up a cafe and began to rent out a few surfboards.

Today, Unstad camping has changed both name and owners. Marion Frantzen bought the campground from her parents and today she and her husband Tommy runs what we now call Unstad Arctic Surf.

We believe in quality and our goal is to make sure that our visitors get the best possible experience.

Enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere of the surf culture in our beautiful arctic environment.

See you soon!