Skateboarding in Norway
It is not a widely known fact, but skateboarding was illegal in Norway. Actually, it was the only country in the world that had such a law. This was in affect from 1977 – 1989 but of course there were “rouge skaters” out there that did it anyway. In Kristiansand for example, many built skate ramps in their barns. When the law was abolished in 1989, there was an instant skateboarding boom – where cheap skateboards could be bought anywhere – even at local petrol stations.
These days, there are skate parks in almost every suburb. These are usually located next to a football field – which is also an extremely popular sport in Norway.
My kids are 5, 8 and 10 and they all like to have a go on the skateboard. They are also big on going on their scooters or “sparkesykkel” as they are called here. It is safe to say that there is an equal population of skateboard riders as there are scooter riders.
Vision Skatepark in Kristiansand
Vision is an indoor skatepark in Kristiansand that is open all year round. In the winter months – it is packed with kids that cannot skate or use their scooters outside. There us a large bowl, jumps, half pipes and loads of ramps. There is a store where equipment can be purchased, toilet facilities and chairs for chilling out and having some food. You can find out more information about Vision Skatepark here.
Flipside skatepark Farsund
Flipside is Scandinavia’s largest indoor skatepark. It is located by an old airport and is in an old hanger building. Volunteers work there and keep it well maintained. The place is seriously massive. Bowls, ramps, soft fall foam area – it has everything a skater would need.
There is also a canteen (usually open in the summer months) toilets etc. Equipment can also be rented (but contact them to make sure they have what you need)
Next door to the skatepark is a go karting track and paintball area. In the summer there is a “Flipside Camp” where attendees play music, games etc. You can find out more information about Flipside skatepark here.
In 2014 a new skatehall was opened in Arendal in the centre of town on “Landbryggen”. It opening hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm – 8pm and Saturdays from 12pm – 3pm. Here is a link to the Arendal Skatehall facebook page and an article on the skatehall on Visit Norway. (both in Norwegian)
Outdoor skate ramp Bystranda Kristiansand
Outdoor skatepark in Tveit Kristiansand
Tveit is an area next to the airport in Kristiansand. The local Kristiansand Brett Klubb (board club) got financing from the Kristiansand kommune (government) to fix up the old skatepark, so it now has new skating concrete and some ramps. It is very popular with the local kids. One of the local skaters, “Tom Tom” Erik Ryen, is a professional skateboarder currently living in California. He is a hero to the skaters in Kristiansand. Here is his Instagram account.
Like I said though, there are outdoor skateparks everywhere – so you will have no problem finding one. Good luck!
Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet