Langvika to Skjellvika via Stauper Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 19.4 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 4–5 hours
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About Langvika to Skjellvika via Stauper
This is a longer day trip for more advanced paddlers. The route takes you through open water with views of the sea combined with sheltered waters among the many islets.
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 25 kilometers through Tønsberg and Nøtterøy, over to Tjøme island until turning right onto Langvikveien. Continue on Langvikveien for another 600 meters until you reach your destination.
The route begins with a short crossing from Langvika over to Hui island. Be aware of boat traffic in this area during the busy summer season. The route then heads south along the island’s shoreline, offering a sheltered and exciting tour among the many islets. When rounding the southern tip of the island, paddle on the southern shorelines of Bukkholmen and Lindholmen islands. It is recommended to take a break at one of the beaches before continuing towards Stauper.
From Lindholmen, the journey heads southwest through more open waters. You will first pass Kongskollen islets before reaching the Stauper islands. On the Stauper islands, you will not find amenities other than an outhouse, found on the southern side of the island and there are very few places to pitch a tent.
Beyond Stauper, cross the open water to Østerøya in the west and paddle north along the calm, sheltered waters towards Skjellvika. At Skjellvika, you will find great places to take a break before the route crosses over to Natholmen island and Knattholmen Leirskole in the east. These islands are idyllic and worth a break to stretch your legs before crossing back to Hui island.
Round the northern point of Hui island and paddle through the strait separating Hui and Granø island in the northeast. Cross the strait and return to your start at Langvika.
After crossing over to Østerøya, paddle south and take a break or stay the night at Flautangen, a nice beach area with bonfires, a large grassy area, and other amenities. This route adds approximately 1 kilometer extra to your trip. If one plans to split the trip into two days, staying the night at Flautangen is a great place to camp.
At Langvika you can find:
- Public restrooms
- Fresh water