Torødstranda to Kjøleholmen and Skrøslingen Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 11 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 20 meters
- Duration: 2–3 hours
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About Torødstranda to Kjøleholmen and Skrøslingen
A short but adventurous paddling route in Færder National Park. Head out early in the morning or late in evening to avoid the heaviest boat traffic.
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 in the Årøysundet strait before paddling across to the northern side of Søndre Årøy island. Continue paddling north between Geiteskjær island and over to the eastern side of Nordre Årøy island. Here you follow the shoreline of the beautiful archipelago until you reach the northern side. Cross to Kjøleholmen island, but be cautious of the boat traffic in the area. Turn south and follow along the western coast of Lindholmen, Roppestadholmen, and Skrøslingen islands.
On this stretch, there are few great beaches to land on, perfect for taking a break and stretching your legs. The crossing west to Søndre Årøy goes past the islet Kalven. There can be heavier winds from the southeast and east during this part of the route, especially at the southern tip of Søndre Årøy. Here, we recommend exploring the recreational area located in the south-facing bay, and even pitching a tent to stay the night. When you come back into Årøysundet, cross the strait back to the starting point.
At Torødstranda you can find:
- Public restrooms
- Fresh water