fbRaw Ocean Lodge — Thermal
Accommodation
Cabins
Duration
2+ nights
Nearest major airport
Haugesund Airport (HAU)

Raw and fueled by energy from the elements

"Clean, cold, winter morning, 6 feet swell, no wind, and just a few friends out in the lineup to share the stoke. We have six beaches with good surfing conditions on the island. Raw Ocean Lodge is a multifaceted project – where our primary motivation is to get people outside into the elements and connect with nature. This is a place to log off, and just be. For many of our guests, their visit has been a turning point. A reminder of what life can be. Life out by the North Sea is raw and fueled by the energy from the elements."

The surf

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Ranging from long point breaks to more accessible beach breaks. Locals have been surfing in Karmøy since 1990, and there is a small, tight-knit surf community in place. Though not as well known as its neighbor to the south - Jæren - nor its distant relative in the north - Lofoten - it’s a hidden surf destination with a variety of options for the passionate surfers.

There are six known breaks around the island. For the curious (and very experienced) there are reefs (or shallow water islands) that create shallow slabs - around each cove - so go explore!

The lodge

Take some time off. Slow down the pace, and enjoy the silence at Raw Ocean Lodge. Experience the roaring North Sea only a few feet away from your bed. Feel the fresh salt air in your face, a smell of ocean-like fresh linen and a bed of pillows to get you through the night. Put on the kettle in the morning, and surf the wild waves. Lovely.

Cabins

Our cabins are rugged and show signs of being abused by the battering ocean, waves and wind that is just a few meters away. But inside you are sheltered. We have put a lot of time and effort into creating truly unique cabins, that have their very own story. We have built much of the furniture ourselves from hardware and driftwood that has history on its own. Our cabins are located in Sandve, the southern part of Karmøy, just south of Haugesund, just two hours north of Stavanger and 3,5 hrs south of Bergen.

Our vision

Raw Ocean Lodge is a multifaceted project – where our primary motivation is to get people outside into the elements and connect with nature. We live by the mantra "The future is now." We see this project as a catalyst for our local community, with close collaboration with other local small businesses. With focus on sustainability, quality and craftsmanship. Besides getting people out to nature, we arrange concerts, art exhibitions and have our own café/restaurant on site.

Explore nature

Karmøy is perhaps not as know for its nature experiences, but with a location nicely tucked in between west coast cities Stavanger and Bergen, and the well-known top tourist attractions The Pulpit rock and Trolltunga, it might surprise you with its "off the beaten track" local nature gems!

Organic local cuisine

With the ocean as our closest neighbor, we can harvest day-fresh seafood, and with a great range of local farmers and greenhouses in the area, we pride ourselves in creating exciting and tasteful local food. Our food project is in its early stage and is only available by inquiry at present time.

Customized trips

Do you want a curated experience specially tailored for your holiday? We're happy to customize your surf trip at Skaarnesheimen Raw Ocean Lodge.

Location

Europe/Norway/Stavanger to Egersund
Getting there
We are located about 30 minutes away from Haugesund Airport (HAU). Bergen is a 4 hours drive north. Stavanger is 2 hours driv... read more

"After living 12 years in the city, I came home to my childhood island and saw its calmness and beauty with fresh eyes. I live with my family, 5 minutes away from the lodge. We are four friends who founded Raw Ocean Lodge, and I’m the one who lives furthest away!" — Jan Rantaniitty.

This is the place to calm down and unwind. Skaarnesheimen Raw Ocean Lodge is located on the southwest part of Karmøy, only a few meters away from the harsh North Sea. On a small peninsula, we have four cabins/bungalows and the main building, where you can experience all the moods of the ocean, from roaring storms to glassy mornings.

We love this area and want the world to experience it as well. We offer accommodation and can tailor customized vacations with a broad range of local nature experiences including, surfing, guided stand-up paddleboarding around the coast, bouldering, hiking, fishing, bonfire sessions and more. The rural surrounding makes Skaarnesheimen a perfect place to relax, and log off for a while.

Skaarnesheimen Raw Ocean Lodge is located in extremely harsh conditions. Without strict maintenance routines and quality products, the whole property will be ground down by the salty sea and pounding winter storms. We see this as an opportunity for innovation!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

Choose your accommodation

To accommodate the budget traveler we ha... more
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Surf bungalow right by the sea! In a qui... more
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Family-sized bungalow with beds for 6 pe... more
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Questions?

What's included?
Accommodation with linens, amenities, towels, hot shower, and WiFi.
What's not included?
Flights, tavel insurance, meals and transportation not included.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 30 days before the trip starts.
Risk-free booking
Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund.
Change of plans? No worries. Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund, no questions asked.
Best price guarantee
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Booking with Thermal never costs more. If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
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Exclusive experiences
We have a roster of amazing, one-off trips in the works.
Each week brings something new to discover. We have a roster of amazing, one-off experiences in the works.