Rødshue Hiking Trail
Rundtur om Rødshue langs kyststien
- Destination: Ytre Hvaler
- Season: January–December
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 7.1 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 60 meters
- Duration: 1.7–2.5 hours
Rødshue, the cape located on the southwestern point of Kirkøy island, provides an incredible view of the vast ocean and an amazing display of the power of nature. But, the stone quarry and sculpture park is usually what brings visitors to Rødshue.
Hvaler Kunstforening, in collaboration with Hvaler Rotary, established “Stenkunst Hvaler” in the middle of the old quarry area in the beginning of the 2000’s. Here, five artists have works that rise like monuments in sharp contrast to the surrounding rocky cliffs. The five artists are:
2005 Italian, Allesandro Stenico
2006 Japanese, Makoto Fujiwara
2007 Norwegian, Vegard Hanve
2008 Swedish, Ann Carlson Korneev
2009 Norwegian, Gunn Harbitz
On the southwestern ridge, a stone cross was created in 1995 to commemorate the Christianity of Norway.
The coastal walking path runs through this cultural-historical area, which also has a well-developed trail network. You will find small swimming beaches in coves and along the rock formations, including the Grønne bakke at Lille Rødshue, which is only 1.5 kilometers away.
Rødshue is within the boundaries of the Ytre Hvaler National Park.
If you are taking the bus from Fredrikstad towards Skjærhalden, jump off at Hvaler Church. If you are driving, you can also park at Hvaler Church. From Hvaler Church, follow marked coastal path to Rødshue.
By Hvaler Church there is parking. The parking lot at Ørekroken swimming area provides the quickest access, about 1.5 kilometers away from Rødshue.
Fra Hvaler kirke krysser du fylkesvei 108 og følger veien Vadholmstranda ca 200 meter til du møter kyststien. Herfra følger du kyststiens blåe merker vestover via Ørekroken til Rødshue. Anbefaler å fortsette kyststien nordover langs sjøen til den fine badestranda på Lille Rødshue. Retur 200 meter sørover samme vei, før du dreier østover og går gjennom skogen tilbake til kirken.
- Rødshue is great on windy days
- At Rødshue there is an international sculpture park
- A walk showing the varied nature of Hvaler
- No shops along the trail.
- No toilets along the trail.
- Drinking water and food for the trip you have to bring yourself
- At the headlands of Rødshue there might be windy, so bring a wind jacket in your backpack.
Where to stay
There are a number of lodging options on the island of Kirkøy. Hotels and guest house rentals are available in Skjærhalden and a campsite can be found down towards Storesand swimming beach. In addition, you can find many options on Airbnb.
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