Rødshue Hiking

Rundtur om Rødshue langs kyststien

  • The coastal walking path runs through an old quarry area where international sculptors have put up their works

    The coastal walking path runs through an old quarry area where international sculptors have put up their works Photo: Terje Fjellvang

  • The coastal walking path around Rødshue from Lille Rødshue

    The coastal walking path around Rødshue from Lille Rødshue Photo: Terje Fjellvang

  • Winded woods

    Winded woods Photo: Terje Fjellvang

  • Debries from quarry at Grønne Bakke.

    Debries from quarry at Grønne Bakke. Photo: Terje Fjellvang

  • Skulpture Park

    Skulpture Park Photo: Terje Fjellvang

Essential info

  • Destination: Ytre Hvaler
  • Season: January–December
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 7.1 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 60 meters
  • Duration: 1.7–2.5 hours

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About Rødshue

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.

Sculpture Park

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.

Getting there

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.

Parking
By Hvaler Church there is parking. The parking lot at Ørekroken swimming area provides the quickest access, about 1.5 kilometers away from Rødshue.

Trail description

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.

Facts

  • Rødshue is great on windy days
  • At Rødshue there is an international sculpture park
  • A walk showing the varied nature of Hvaler

Amenities

  • 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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