Vollebukta Short Loop Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 8.5 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 1.5–2.5 hours
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About Vollebukta Short Loop
This round trip in Vollebukta bay is perfect for those who are seeking a shorter route through varied landscape. You will find shallower areas along western shore, and a steeper, more intense coastline on the opposite side of the fjord.
From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 47 kilometers until you reach exit 27: “Eikkrysset toward Åskollen/Skoger”. Follow Fv319 for 19 kilometers until reaching Svelvik. Turn left onto Storegaten and an immediate right onto Skånegaten. Paid parking is available directly ahead.
Be aware of the boat traffic in this area during the summer season. If you prefer not paddling among many boats, try this route in the morning or in the evening when there is less traffic.
From the marina next to Batteriøya island, the paddling route heads south along the coast for a few hundred meters. Wait for a clear opportunity before crossing over to the eastern coastline. Keep in mind that the Svelvik current is Norway's second strongest tidal flow and can be strong during some parts of the day. Be aware of crossing traffic!
After reaching Hurum on the other side of the fjord, the route continues southwards. This stretch of the coastline is steep and it can be difficult to land the kayak onshore. A good place enjoy a break from paddling is at Bjørneskjær before crossing back over to the Vestfold coastline again.
Before getting to the western coastline, you pass the Saltskjær bird sanctuary. Further north, you will paddle by Homannsberget Camping, a beautiful beach with outdoor facilities before returning back to Batteriøya. Homannsberget Camping is the best option for camping or taking a break along this route.
At Batteriøya you can find:
- Public toilets
Where to stay
Overnight accommodation at Kystledhytta Svelvikstrømmen can be a great place to stay for paddling trips starting from Batteriøya.