Bjerkøy Loop Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 22.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 2.5–3.5 hours
About Bjerkøy Loop
This is a popular kayaking route very suitable for beginners. With less boat traffic early in the morning, it is the best time of the day to go for a kayak tour around Torødstranda.
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 drive for 8.5 kilometers until you turn right onto Torødveien. After 1 kilometer, turn left onto Nestvikveien and very shortly after, turn left onto Strandåsveien where you will find your destination.
From Torødstranda, the route heads north along the shoreline within the narrow strait, Årøysundet. Along this idyllic route, you will be paddling by cabins, other kayakers and boats. In the straight, boats have to keep a very slow speed so it is a perfect area to paddle.
After passing Nordre Årøy island, you will approach Bjerkøy island and head west into the straight, Bjerkøysundet. Here, there can be lot of boat traffic, so paddling along the shoreline is recommended. Continue following the shoreline of the island around the northern point where you come to a nice beach, perfect to stretch your legs and enjoy a break.
The route continues down to the southern tip of Bjerkøy island until you return to Bjerkøysundet strait. Cross over the strait, but remember to be cautious of boat traffic.Then follow Årøysundet straight back to the starting at Torødstranda.
At Torødstranda you can find:
- Public restrooms
- Fresh water
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