Almost 50 years ago, a Norwegian surfer named Thor shaped his first surfboard to ride the frigid waves of Unstad Bay. It didn’t go very well. But since, with the advance of travel and neoprene, Norwegian surfers have built an unlikely surf paradise in those Lofoten Islands. Pat Millin has become a frequent visitor, braving the remoteness and the weather for a slice of the Nordic surf scene. This is his tale.

Read and see more from this trip on our September Issue.