Veierland Loop Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 13.3 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 3–4 hours
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About Veierland Loop
The car-free island, Veierland, is located in between Sandefjord, Tjøme, and Nøtterøy. This idyllic island must be experienced from both water and land.
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 12 kilometers until turning right onto Tenvikveien. Continue on Tenvikveien for another 5.7 kilometers until you reach your destination.
From Tenvik, the route heads south across the strait to Kjølholmen, the peninsula on the northeastern point of Veierland island. Be cautious of the boat traffic in this area during the crossing. On the east side of Kjølholmen, there is a great recreational area with a beach and perfect areas to pitch a tent. Continue paddling south past the many islets and cabins found along the shoreline and into the charming strait Oslebakk.
On the south side of Veierland, you will see the large smooth rock islands, Terneskjær and Pikeskjær, which can be a good spot to land on and explore. Continue along the shoreline and paddle into the bay. You will pass a long narrow peninsula, Taraldkilodden, which juts out into the bay. After about 500 meters, you reach the peninsula, Hverveodden, another great place to take a break.
The route continues west into another bay and turns north along Veierland's western shoreline, which is difficult to land on. A good possible place to land on is the beach next to Tangen pier at Båsløkka or Vestgården ferry port. Continue paddling north and then east around Veierland until you reach Kjølholmen. Be aware of the boat traffic when crossing back over to Tenvik.
If you have an opportunity, we recommend taking a detour to Langøya island just west of Veierland. On the inside of Langøya it can be shallow due to the different tides, but if there is enough water, it is a terrific area to paddle around, without any other boats.
At Tenvik you can find:
- Public restrooms
- Fresh water