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The beaches in Farsund and Lista

Lista beaches Farsund Norway - Falkhaug
Lista beaches Farsund Norway - Falkosanden.
Photo: Visit Farsund

The coastal life in Lista

Lista is an area of Farsund in Southern Norway with ten kilometres of long sandy beaches for a range of activities from surfing to bird watching. The Lista coastline has the most popular beaches in the region with locals and people from as far as Kristiansand, travelling there to go wind surfing and surfing.

Havik Beach

White sand and dunes populate Havik beach. This is the most popular beach in Farsund in the summer for locals and families with children. Kite surfers tend to migrate here when the winds are strong because it is smooth and not subject to large waves. Most pictures you will find on the internet about beaches in Farsund, tend to be of this beach. There is a car park and toilet facilities with trails leading to the beach.

Lista Lights

Just before you reach the Harvik beach carpark, you will pass a row of wooden stairs leading to a little wooden hut which is called Lyset på Lista. The hut was made by locals so that visitors can enjoy bird watching, sunsets and the beach scenery. The sand dune landscape in this area is invaluable, so the staircase and hut are also a method of protecting this so that visitors do not need to go into the dunes and endanger the environment.


Lomsesanden is a sandy beach with shallow water which is perfect for the whole family. The beach is located in an area that is sheltered from the westerly winds, so it is quite popular.  There is a pier where you can try some fishing and a carpark for easy access.

Lomsesanden Family Camping is located next to the beach which is ideal for a summer vacation.

Bird Watching

Due to the diverse bird life in Lista, there are dedicated staff members of the local Bird Watching organisation called Lista Bird Observatory who keep track of bird numbers, habits etc. The observatory has set up numerous bird watching stations in the area with information boards and pictures so that visitors know which ones they are looking at. Lista is a popular place for birds to stop and feed before taking the long journey to southern Europe. Contact the Lista Bird Observatory for more information.

Surfing at Grettestø

This is the number one surfing destination in the region with people travelling for hours to get there.A lot of swell comes in from the North Sea here so the locals built a rock platform which creates a great surfing environment and for the surfers out there, a good "right hander".

Kitesurfers and surfers the like know which conditions are best here with with wind and swells, but there is also a website that can give you surf report information

Lista Fyr - Lighthouse

At the end of the beach area, is the Lista lighthouse which is 34 meters tall and first entered service in 1836. It has a endless views over the coastline and it is possible to stay overnight there. Adjacent to the lighthouse are old bunkers and trails from the Second World War.

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