Karljohansvern Loop Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Trond Glesaaen

  • Photo: Nedomacki / iStock

  • Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May-September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 8.3 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

About Karljohansvern Loop

A short, pleasurable morning or afternoon paddling route through the Horten canal and around the historical Karljohansvern. The route can be paddled in either direction, depending on the wind direction.

The adventure is part of Padleled Vestfold and the entry point for the adventure is Karljohansvern in Horten.

Getting there

From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 83 kilometers until you reach exit 33 “Kopstad Krysset” for Rv310 toward Rv310/Rv35/Horten/Svinevoll/Havn/Moss. Follow Rv310 toward Horten for 10 kilometers until you turn left onto Oregata. Continue for another few hundred meters until turning left onto Kommandørkaptein Klincks vei. You will find parking here. 

Trail description

Launch the kayak at Karljohansvern and paddle south through Hortenskanalen, the man-made canal that separates Karljohansvern from the mainland. After passing under 3 bridges and arriving at the end of the canal, the route heads north along the shoreline. Along this long stretch, you will pass Vollane, one of Hortens most popular swimming beaches.

Further along, you paddle through more open areas towards Møringa before you round the defense island, Vealøs. Due to military activity, you must stay at least 50 meters from the islands, Vealøs, Mellomøya and Østøya.

Paddle between Vealøs and Østøya and further into the inner harbor of Horten. Before returning to the starting point, we recommend taking a closer look at the old and stately buildings of the Navy Museum.


At Karljohansvern you can find:

  • Grocery store(walking distance)
  • Parking

Where to stay


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