Kjøpmannskjær to Torødstranda Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

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Essential info

  • Destination: Padleleden
  • Season: May-September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 10.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

About Kjøpmannskjær to Torødstranda

A paddle route along south of Nøtterøy is a great journey in sheltered waters. Along the route, you will pass charming cabins and beautiful beaches.

The adventure is part of Padleled Vestfold and the entry point for the adventure is Kjøpmannskjær.

Getting there

From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 96 kilometers until you reach exit 35-Gullikrysset for Rv308 toward Tønsberg/Nøtterøy/Tjøme. Follow Fv308 for 17.5 kilometers through Tønsberg until you reach Kjøpmannskjær on the very southern part of Nøtterøy. Directly across from the KIWI market, turn right onto Torbjørnrødveien and immediately another right at Kirkeveien where you will find parking. 

Trail description

From Kjøpmannskjær, paddle east and follow the northern side of the strait along Nøtterøy’s shoreline. After passing the point, Roper'n, you will continue past charming areas like Styrsvik, Strengsdal, Buerstad, and Brevik. Beaches and piers will be found along the shoreline and it is generally easy to land, but be respectful of the cabin homeowners.

After Brevik, the route will turn north. When you pass the peninsula, the area becomes more exposed to winds. In high season you will notice a large amount of boat traffic around the strait and large waves from all the action. Be cautious of your surroundings in this area.

Around the peninsula, you will first pass the marina and residential area at Nestvik. You then will reach Torødstranda where you will see a beautiful beach with a large south-facing lawn and stone pier. This is a great place to take a break and stretch your legs before returning to Kjøpmannskjær along the same route.

Alternative route
From Torødstranda, paddle south and cross over to the island, Tjøme. Be cautious of the boat traffic. Follow the Tjøme shoreline until you reach the bridge, Vrengenbrua. From the bridge, paddle west across the strait to Nøtterøy and follow the shoreline north back to Kjøpmannskjær.


At Kjøpmannskjær you can find:

  • Grocery stores
  • Public restrooms
  • Fresh water
  • Parking
  • Cafes

Where to stay


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