Havna to Lilleskagen Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Karl Ragnar Gjertsen / Wikimedia

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 7.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 2–2.5 hours

About Havna to Lilleskagen

Paddle to the recreational area Lilleskagen, a great tour for beginners in sheltered waters. Here you will paddle through beautiful nature between the islets.

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

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 29.5 kilometers until turning left onto Havnaveien. Follow Havnaveien for a few hundred meters until you reach your destination.

Trail description

A paddle trip from Havna Hotel to Lilleskagen is a great route in sheltered waters. From Havna, paddle east across the Røssesundet strait and into the narrow strait which takes you under the Øra-brua bridge (county road 380), which separates Brøtsø in the north and Hvasser in the south. Head north following Brøtsø island along the eastern shoreline. Many quaint, private cabins are found along the water in this area.

When you come to the island Uleholmen, you will paddle east along the northern edge of Hvasser island. You will then come to Vasskalvsund strait, which separates Hvasser in the south and Vasskalven island in the north.

Paddle around Hvasser to the south until you come to Lilleskagen beach on the northeast part of the island. Here is a great place to land your kayak and take a break on the sandy beach. Return to Havna along the same route.

Alternate route
Here you will find many other great paddling routes. A great route is to continue past Lilleskagen and paddle around Hvasser island in the south. At the southern end of Hvasser it is open water and can present rougher conditions. When you paddle north again, you must cross Røssesundet strait before arriving at Havna. This alternative route adds on an extra 10 kilometers.

Amenities

At Havna you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Fresh water
  • Parking
  • Hotel

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