Surfing under the northern lights

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Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty

Have you ever dreamt of surfing during cold, Norwegian winters, or do you get chills from the thought of snow-filled beaches and sub-zero temperatures? These young surfers, including one Indian surfer we spotted in the photo collection, are certainly tougher than most.

The Agence France-Presse photographer Olivier Morin has recently documented a hobby that would appear strange for most of us: People who voluntarily put on a wetsuit and jump into the violent waves of Unstad Beach in Lofoten, while the temperature dips down to -13 degrees Celcius. Tempting, you think?

The steep mountains and dramatic scenery of the Lofoten archipelago in northern Norway attracts tourists from all over the world, and Unstad Beach is one of Norway’s most popular surfing points. One would maybe think that most surfing activities above the Arctic Circle took place during the summer, but people come to take surf lessons on Unstad Beach even in the middle of the northern Norwegian freezing winters.

Find the incredible photos taken by Morin in The Atlantic’s article.