The South Coast Norway has an extremely long shoreline, especially if you include all the sea water fjords and many thousands of islands, but if you enjoy seaside holidays then the south coast is the place to go. This is the most popular area for Norwegians on holiday, yet very few British visitors have discovered it yet. Although busy throughout July, in the second half of August when the Norwegian school holidays are over it is virtually deserted. The sea here is mostly very calm as the mainland is sheltered from the open sea by thousands of small islands (skerries). There is also little tidal movement which makes it safe and easy to get out on the water. Conditions are perfect for bathing, fishing, canoeing, windsurfing and anything else to do with boats.. There are many idyllic sandy beaches and secluded coves on the mainland and on the islands. The weather is often good and the water surprisingly warm. Pottering about in a small boat is the perfect way to enjoy this area, but there are many quiet minor roads close to the shore which are ideal for cycling. There are also many beautiful old towns to explore on foot and plenty of forests, lakes and mountains just inland. The best way to stay on the south coast is to rent a holiday cottage. There is a very wide choice available of all standards, and many will have a boat included in the rental. High season rates are quite high, especially for a cottage by the sea, but at the end of August rates are very reasonable. Choosing a property a few miles inland will always be significantly cheaper.
One of many sandy beaches on the south coast of Norway. (Mandal).
Fishing or exploring the islands and coastline by boat is the perfect way to enjoy
the south coast.
A boat is often included with a holiday cottage, or you can rent one nearby .
The south coast of Norway is perfect for windsurfing, either from windswept beaches
or traveliing from island to island.