Storesand–Akerøya Paddling

Kayak loop from Skjærhalden

  • Akerøya.

    Akerøya. Photo: Haakon Braathu Haaverstad

  • I land på Akerøya. Fortet bak.

    I land på Akerøya. Fortet bak. Photo: Aase Richter

  • Akerøya fort i bakgrunnen.

    Akerøya fort i bakgrunnen. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

  • Telting gir mulihet for å utforske den spennende øya med kulturminner og fugl.

    Telting gir mulihet for å utforske den spennende øya med kulturminner og fugl. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

  • Fine bademuligheter.

    Fine bademuligheter. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

Essential info

  • Destination: Ytre Hvaler
  • Season: April–November
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 21.7 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 20 meters
  • Duration: 5–6 hours

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About Storesand–Akerøya

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.

Getting there

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

Trail description

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.

Where to stay

You can choose to stay one or more nights at Akerøya. If you want to stay in Skjærhalden after your adventure then take a look at Hvaler Resort or Storesand Teltplass

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