Kayak loop from Skjærhalden
- Destination: Ytre Hvaler
- Season: April-November
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 21.7 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 20 meters
- Duration: 5-6 hours
This is a varied and long kayak trip with everything from demanding waters through the long open crossings to calm waters between islands and inlets. You will start close to Skjærhalden and continue westwards along the coast towards Akerøya.
If you want to split this adventure into two days then you can stay one night at the cabin on Akerøya.
The adventure starts right by Skjærhalden on the Hvaler Islands. If you have a car you can drive to the very end of the road on Hvaler and park in Skjærhalden. Only paid parking is available and during the busy summer months, it can be hard to find a spot. The parking spot at the Town Hall is your best bet.
You can also get to Skjærhalden by bus from Oslo. Read more about the directions for getting there on the Ytre Hvaler destination page.
Go by the strait at Skinnarholmen, and then head southwest at Asmaløy. The waters are calm here and it’s possible to go ashore. On Akerøya it is nice to have a rest at Festningsholmen near the old fort or by Trelleborg Tangen/Rugeløkka. Remember that there is a ban on disembarking in most parts of Akerøya from April 15 to July 15 to protect the nesting birds. The ban also applies to the first 50 meters of the sea.
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