The Vikings are still out there in the water. Welcome to the Arctic.
Now almost a famous, this previously “unknown” spot has gained more and more traction in the media. Hosting only a dozen locals, the village lays sheltered between two giant mountains that embrace it like two warm arms. Ironically, it’s most often quite the opposite: Harsh winds, cruel weather and heavy rain is common, and shouldn’t surprise anyone living or visiting the Lofoten Islands. In fact, the archipelago is known for its harsh conditions. Still, you’ll have no problem finding locals trekking the mountains, skiing, or surfing, no matter the weather.
In Norway, most people have moved from the smaller towns to the cities, making a lot of the towns empty or even dead. Luckily, surf tourism has kept Unstad somewhat alive and attracts people from all over the world.
The locals are friendly and welcoming, but Unstad still have residents that either farm or commute to work, so show respect. Use common sense: Respect the signs, fences, and don’t trespass. If you’re in doubt on whether you’re allowed to camp on a spot, just find someone and ask! Norwegians might not say much, but they don’t bite.
A lot of publications and media outlets have been “bigging up” the conditions, the remoteness and rawness of Unstad. It is raw. It is harsh. But most of all, it’s a welcoming spot with the most stunning alpine scenery you can imagine. Best of all, the local area can offer world class trekking, climbing, skiing, and fishing when the ocean is flat. In the summer, the midnight sun makes for a glowing and stunning atmosphere, keeping the night away, and extending the surf hours. In the winter when the day is short, and you can enjoy the beauty of “aurora borealis”, also known as the “Northern Lights”.