Karljohansvern Loop Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 8.1 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.
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.
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)
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