Rosanes to Hella via Olsåsen Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 35 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 4–5 hours

About Rosanes to Hella via Olsåsen

This tour offers both urban paddling through Norway’s oldest town, Tønsberg, and the possibility to have a break at one of the most beautiful recreational areas in Vestfjorden.

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

Getting there

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 for 7 kilometers through Tønsberg. Turn left onto Smidsrødveien/Fv309 and after a half kilometer, turn left onto Parkveien. Follow to the end of the road until reaching Rosanes boat harbor. 

Trail description

From Rosanes, the route heads west along the shoreline towards Tønsberg. In this area, you are following the main shipping line, so be aware of significant boat traffic. If you stay close to the shore, there shouldn’t be a problem.

After passing under two bridges you are right in the heart of Tønsberg where you can experience the hustle and bustle of the city and lots of activity in the summertime. After paddling to the end of the piers, cross over the strait and into the western part of the guest harbor. If it interests you, take a break here and grab a bite to eat before returning back to Rosanes along the same route.

The route rounds the peninsula in the west and the course continues south, into Vestfjord. Here, you follow along the shoreline until you reach Munkholmen. Here you can find all of the necessary facilities for a paddler. Furthermore, the terrain flattens out and you will pass several great swimming areas before you reach Hella. At Hella, cross over the fjord to the peninsula, Rossnesodden. There may be some boat traffic in this area, so be cautious of your surroundings. Rossnesodden is a fairly new recreational area and is well-facilitated and organized with public toilets and even a shower.

Continue paddling north along the shoreline next to beautiful agricultural landscape until you reach the peninsula Sandodden, just south of Rakkevik bay. Cross over the strait to Nøtterøy in the east and follow the same route through Tønsberg back to the start at Rosanes.

Amenities

At Rosanes you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Fresh water
  • Restaurants(in Tønsberg)
  • Parking

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