I know of a place in the South of Norway with a beach the color of cinnamon. It is located in a picturesque little town called Mandal, which is worth a visit itself because of its beautiful cobbled streets and classical white wooden houses. But I’ll save that for another entry. “Kanelstranda“, which can be directly translated to Cinnamon Beach, is one of my favorite locations to visit.
To reach Cinnamon Beach you must drive through the town center of Mandal to the edge of what looks like an enchanted forest. Depending on which path you take, you may walk past the former summer house of a Scottish Lord, a Norwegian by the name of Edward T. Salvesen. The house was drawn by Scottish architect Robert Lorimer. It is now open to the public, and houses a gallery and café if you feel like having something to eat in aristocratic surroundings.
But back to my favorite beach in Norway. It is one of several beaches in this area, so follow the signage. On this particular morning we walked past two tame deer that were enjoying the morning sunlight. Magical. We walked until the we saw the sparkling sea between the trees, and were rewarded with a completely empty beach. Not a soul in sight. During the summer months the more popular beaches are covered in visitors. The largest and most popular beach called Sjøsanden is covered in tourists, and beaches like Kanelstranda, which are a bit further in, are mostly visited by locals.
I prefer to visit Kanelstranda early in the morning, when there are hardly any people there. One thing that I haven’t shared about myself is that I am very people-shy. People who have met me fleetingly would disagree with this, but I prefer to be away from the crowds. Then again, who doesn’t want a beach to themselves?
Environmentally friendly travel has become chic here in Norway. Because of this, travel within Norway has grown markedly the past few years. Being half Norwegian and having grown up in Southeast Asia, I find travel within Norway exotic. I can’t wait to revisit this beach in the summer months, early, in order to have the beach to myself for a few hours before it fills up.