Selje Beach, Norway
Nestled on the remote west coast of Norway, in the heart of the fjordland, lies serene Selje. Seriously good-looking (What do you expect of a Norwegian?), its pristine sweep of Scandi-blond sand comes complete ever-so scenic sea views and a pretty little harbour for weekending boat-folk.
Way away from the hustle and bustle of Oslo life, little Selje – around 5 hours boat ride from second city Bergen – might not be typical tanning territory (though come summer it’s toasty mid-twenties) but that is precisely why we love this picture-perfect fishing village. Take a boat ride across the water to Selja Island with its Benedictine monastery ruins and windswept tramping trails.
Fresh sea air, a plate full of gravlax and untouched beach beauty – Selje has all we want from a Scandi beach experience. No wonder the sun refuses to set all summer long; we’d want to stay looking at a beach this pretty too.
WHEN: mid-June – end of Aug
WHAT TO PACK FOR OUR BEACH OF THE WEEK:
For sunny, sandy Selje, clad yourself in Heidi Klein’s Coco one-piece, pucker up with By Terrys’ aqualip tint and refresh your philosophical mind with native-Norwegian Jostein Gaarder’s multi-million selling novel ‘Sophie’s World’. Then chill out with our oh-so-Scandi-sounding beach playlist: Royksopp, Jose Gonzalez, Peter Bjorn & John, oh and a bit of Beatles for good measure.
the bag: Zimmerman natural bag, £55
the swimwear: Heidi Klein Coco one-piece in olive, £160
A Higher Place by Royksopp (Melody A.M)
Norwegian Wood by The Beatles (Rubber Soul)
The Chills by Peter Bjorn and John (Writers Block deluxe edition)
Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez (Veneer)
the read: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
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