Bjerkøymoloen to Killingen and Gåsrumpa Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 7.5 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 1.5–2.5 hours

About Bjerkøymoloen to Killingen and Gåsrumpa

This short route is a great paddling trip for adventurers of any age. The area offers many possible routes, detours, and shortcuts. It can be combined with camping along the shore or renting a coastal cabin. Make sure to take the time to explore the many fossils you find on the island.

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

Getting there

From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 50 kilometers until you reach exit 28 - Fv313 towards Sande N. Follow Fv313 for 8 kilometers before turning left onto Fv319 towards Svelvik. Follow Fv319 for 9.5 kilometers until you reach Bjerkøya on your right, where you will see the parking lot immediately in front of you.

Walk with your kayaks out to the pier and start the paddling route from there. 

Trail description

From the pier, the route takes you through the strait between Bjerkøya and Killingen, directly south. On the island Killingen, you pass the well-preserved local gem, Camp Killingen, where there has been a vacation community since the 1940s. A little further south lies Veslekillingen, a self-service DNT cabin where one can book accommodation.

After rounding the southern tip of Killingen, head southwest towards the small island Gåserumpa, where you will find several nice tent and picnic areas. Here, one can explore the island and find lots of fossils.

The trip continues north, along the eastern side of Kommersøya, an uninhabited island with beautiful cultural landscapes and an exciting history. Here, you find many nice possibilities for taking a break or even staying over night, both at Teltsletta in the south, and in Fantebukta bay in the north.

After a short crossing to Sando on the mainland, follow the coastline to the southeast, back to the starting point at Bjerkøymoloen.

Amenities

At Bjerkøya you can find:

  • Fresh water
  • Parking

Where to stay

Veslekillingen, a self-service DNT cabin where one can book accommodation

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