Arctic surfing hotspot attracts extreme surfers

Unstad in northern Norway is unusual tourist destination
The Arctic seas of Unstad on the island of Lofoten in northern Norway are becoming an increasingly popular spot for surfers – even in winter when it’s a unique experience for extreme sports enthusiasts. More than a thousand surfers go there each year.
In this stunning landscape of fjords and snow-covered mountains, the Gulf Stream ensures that the water stays ice-free all year round. Even though the air temperature is around freezing, the Norwegian Sea is about five degrees.
The surfers in this unusual tourist destination have full body suits 5mm to 7mm thick, with hoods, boots and gloves. And there are seals and killer whales rather than sharks.
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