Søndre Årøy Loop Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Vigdis Askjem

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 5.1 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 1–2 hours

About Søndre Årøy Loop

A short paddling route for beginners around Søndre Arøy. This is perfect for a morning kayak tour.

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

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 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. 

Trail description

From Torødstranda, the route heads north in the Årøysundet strait. Cross over to the north side of the island, Søndre Årøy. The route then turns south and follows the shoreline until you reach the southern side of the island. On this part of the route, there are several possibilities for landing on a beach for a break and to stretch your legs.

Be aware of the southeast and onshore winds, especially at the southern tip of Søndre Årøy island. The route continues north along the shoreline of the island. We recommend taking a walk in the recreational area in the south-facing bay. When you come back into the Årøysundet straight, cross over to the starting point.

Alternate route
Extend the trip by paddling around Nordre Årøy.


At Torødstranda you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Fresh water
  • Campsite
  • Parking

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