Torgersøya Loop Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 10.4 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 2.5–3.5 hours
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About Torgersøya Loop
A nice route around Torgersøya island, which is located on the border to Færder National Park, and is a great recreational area.
From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 96 kilometers until you reach exit 35-Gullikrysset for Rv308 toward Tønsberg/Nøtterøy/Tjøme. Follow Fv308 to the east until you reach Fv300. Take Fv300 for 2.7 kilometers to Fv311 for 2.1 kilometers towards Åsgårstrand and then a right onto Ringshaugveien. After a little more than a kilometer, take a final right turn onto Moloveien and you will soon see the parking lot.
From Ringshaug beach, the route heads south along the shoreline. Please note that there may be heavy winds in the area, so it is recommended to stay close to land. On the south end of the beach you pass Furustrand camping before heading further south towards Vallø, a peninsula with a long industrial history.
At the end of the peninsula you will see an old cannon factory from the 1800's. There are no boats in this area, so it's a nice place to take a break and stretch your legs. After the peninsula, cross over to the island, Torgersøya, due south. In the high season there can be a lot of boat traffic in this area, so be extra cautious during the crossing.
On Torgersøya, it is well-organized for tenting and other outdoor activities, so it is recommended to stop for a break or an overnight stay in the bay on the northside.
Further, the route heads east along the shoreline of the island. You will first pass Torgersøy's lighthouse on the eastern side, which has been protected since the 1850’s. Continue paddling around the island and cross back to Vallø before returning to Ringshaug beach along the same route.
At Steinbrygga you can find:
- Public restrooms (summer season)
- Fresh water
- Shower (summer season)