Lonely Planet Writer

Surf and ride - Norwegian couple transforms van into a house on wheels to surf Europe

Meet the adventurous Norwegian couple who packed up their life into a small van so they could travel and surf whenever they liked after one of them had been ill.

Birk and Sara converted this VW van to travel around Europe
Birk in the converted VW van. Image by: Birk Haaland/mediadrumworld.com

Incredible images and video footage show the pair relaxing in their converted van and riding the waves on their surfboards. Other striking shots and footage show the duo hard at work as they convert their 2007 Volkswagen Crafter van from an empty shell into a cosy home.

The travel photographs show Birk Haaland (27) and Sara Teigen (26), from Stavanger and Aros, Norway respectively, as they surf their way around Europe via their house on wheels. “After Birk got sick three years ago from a parasite, our perspective of how to live now changed,” said Sara. “This meant everything from food, mindfulness, travel, yoga, friends and family, living more sustainable and so on. Birk saw the amazing movement that started with tiny houses and van building – and after a while, we got so stoked.”

Norwegian couple convert van to surf around Europe
Sara relaxes in the converted VW van. Image b: Birk Haaland/ mediadrumworld.com

The fun-loving couple has so far travelled through Denmark, Sweden and the north of Norway and down the coast line back to Stavanger. They have had countless weekend trips in the beautiful area in Rogaland. They plan their trips based on the forecast of the waves so they can surf and hope to work their way around Europe soon.

“We love to surf,” said Birk. “It’s the feeling of being a part of nature and the great ocean. It’s a peaceful experience at the same time it’s so exciting. You never get the same wave twice which makes every surf session unique. In the van, we also live so close to the wave we often can hear it. It makes it so much easier to wake up at 5am if the swell is best then. Oh, and did we mention we can just take a nap afterwards?”

Sara and Birk are travelling Europe in a converted VW van
Sara riding the waves. Image by: Birk Haaland mediadrumworld.com

The couple also explained how life is slower when living in a van and had a message for anyone wishing to try it for themselves.”In the van time slows down – we live slowly,” said Sara. “And it’s beautiful. It’s more peaceful, you are able to enjoy nature, surfing, each other and the feeling that we do whatever feels right.”

By mediadrumworld.com