Holmestrand to Kommersøya Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 26.4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 3–4 hours
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About Holmestrand to Kommersøya
A nice kayak route around the Sandebukta bay and by Kommersøya, an uninhabited island with beautiful cultural landscapes, fine outdoor recreation areas, and an exciting history.
From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 50 kilometers until you reach exit 28-Bergsenga-krysset for Rv313 toward Sande N. Follow Rv313 south for 20 kilometers until you reach Holmestrand. There are two public parking lots, which require a fee, near the harbor.
After departing from Holmestrand marina, the route takes you north along the shoreline. You will first paddle past the park, Dulpen, and from here you will paddle next to the abandoned railway, which has now turned into the coastal path. This area is very popular for fishing trout and the likelihood of meeting a fisherman is great.
After a short kilometer, you reach Tvillingbru. Here is a newly built picnic area, a perfect place to stop and stretch your legs. The trip continues further north along shore until you reach Engenestangen. From here, the route crosses east to Kommersøya island and along its southern shoreline.
On Kommersøya there are many nice possibilities for landing and evening staying the night, both at Fantebukta in the north, and Teltsletta in the south. When you reach the southern tip of the island, cross over to Tvillingbru in the west. From here, follow the coastline south back to Holmestrand.
At Holmestrand Sentrum you can find:
- Grocery stores
- Public restrooms