Coastal Trail on Vesterøy Hiking
Hike along the southern shore from Papperhavn to Utgård
- Destination: Ytre Hvaler
- Season: January–December
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 6 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
- Elevation Gain: 150 meters
- Duration: 3–5 hours
About Coastal Trail on Vesterøy
Hvaler’s coastal paths are perfect for those who want to wander and discover the local nature. The coastal path of Vesterøy is approximately 6 kilometers from Papperhavn to Utgårdskilen, but it can be divided into three stages and also walked as a loop:
a) Papperhavn to Kuvauen
b) Kuvauen to Guttormsvauen
c) Guttormsvauen to Utgårdskilen
The map shows the coastal path. The description has tips for shorter trips.
Parking can be a challenge during the summer months, so plan the trip around where you are allowed to park. There is free parking located about 500 meters before you reach Kuvauen, and also along the road next to the trail heading down to Guttormsvauen. There is paid parking near Utgårdskilen but there is no parking located at Papperhavn. You can walk from the parking lot at Kuvauen and follow Vauerveien to Papperhavn and walk the coastal path along the sea back to Kuvauen and the car. It's a nice round trip.
a) Papperhavn to Kuvauen - about 2 kilometers.
From Papperhavn, follow the main road about 150 meters back and follow the road called, Stolsberget. You will walk through a forest to the top of Stolsfjellet and continue in the south-west direction. Eventually, you will experience the stunning views of the sea and Søsterøyene. The trail goes down a curve towards the Kuvauen swimming area. The trail is steep at the end and therefore not very suitable for strollers. It's a nice trail to follow along but the distance between the white markings can be long at times, so be alert.
b) Kuvauen to Guttormsvauen - about 1.5 kilometers.
On Kuvauen, you will find the protected, red fishing cabins along the seafront, where the fishermen lived years ago. The narrow cove provide a safe haven from the oceans power and was therefore an ideal place to live. Among the little cabins, the trail takes you up to the top of the mountain and continues in the southern direction to Pølsesund, Kråkevika, Slettevika and down to the Guttormsvauen - a warm swimming beach. You can end your trip here and return to the parking lot located along the road or return back to Kuvauen.
c) Guttormsvauen to Utgårdskilen - about 2.5 kilometers.
From the beach at Guttormsvauen, walk 350 meters towards the parking lot and turn right (east). There is lush vegetation at this point and the trail can be a bit unclear at first. You will first cross a wet area before the path takes you steeply up the hill. The coastal path takes you over the rock formations eastward and then between cottages south of the hill providing great views beyond Guttormsvauen and the Hvaler archipelago. The coastal path turns eastwards and takes you onto Barmveien, a gravel road heading south. When Barmveien turns north, head south on a path along the hill towards Utgårdskilen. The trail into Utgårdskilen takes you a little way from the sea. Follow the red marks on the mountain.
- Family-friendly beaches
- Varied landscape with headlands and inlets, low pine trees, rock, and suddenly a "hidden" beach
- The original fishing cabins at Kuvauen
- Bring drinking water since there is no kiosk or shops along the path
- The nearest grocery store is at the bus stop
- There is no public toilet along the path
Where to stay
Along the coastal walking trail, there are many nice places to pitch a tent and enjoy a night under the stars along the ocean. The sunsets along the coast are absolutely magical. There are no special restrictions on where you can set up a tent but read the Friluftsloven, the rules regarding staying outdoors, to be aware of what you are and are not allowed to do.
Alternatively, there are many Airbnb options on the island.