Skjellvika to Natholmen and Lindholmen Paddling
Paddling along Padleled Vestfold
- Destination: Padleled Vestfold
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 13.5 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 3.5–4.5 hours
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About Skjellvika to Natholmen and Lindholmen
With Østerøya and Sandefjord in west and Tjøme and Færder National Park in east, this paddling route takes you through sheltered waters in the beautiful archipelago.
From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 117 kilometers until you reach exit 42 toward Fv 305 Sandefjord. Follow Fv305 to Fv303 through Sandefjord and follow signs to Østerøya. Follow Østerøyveien for a few kilometers until turning left onto Skjellvikveien. Your destination is only a few hundred meters further.
From Skjellvika, paddle north into the strait between the mainland and the small island of Møyern. Cross the fjord to Engeodden peninsula. Furthermore, follow the coastline to the northeast and under the bridge on the northern side of Natholmen island where you pass a boat harbor. Continue paddling east towards the northern tip of Flåteskjær island. Here, there are a few small islets and canals to explore. From the southern tip of Flåteskjær, paddle east to Hui island and head south along the coastline. Note that it is prohibited to land on large parts of Hui (Hudøy) in the summertime.
Just south of Hui, you will find a number of small islets. Continue paddling south until you end up at Lindholmen, a bigger island which is perfect to enjoy a break or even camp overnight. A few kilometers southwest of Lindholmen lies Stauper, which has many canals and islets perfect for exploring. The small islets and large boulders around Stauper are perfect places to enjoy a break and go on land.
From Stauper, paddle west across the fjord to Østerøya and head north along the shoreline. The first stretch is a bit difficult land on shore but you will soon come to a small bay with a sheltered beach. North of the bay lies Stigerholm islands where it is also possible to land. Just north of the Stigerholm islands, you will see two small beaches, but at this point, you are just two short kilometers south of your starting point at Skellvika.
Paddle south, along the rocky beaches towards the Flautangen. When you paddle around the next peninsula, you will come to a nice, south-facing bay with a sheltered beach. Here, there is a gapahuk next to the beach and a perfect place to take a break before returning back to Skjellvika.
At Skjellvika you can find:
- Public restrooms
- Fresh water
- Summertime kiosk
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