Granholmen to Håkavika Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Birgit Brosøe

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 10.4 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 1.5–2.5 hours

About Granholmen to Håkavika

If you are looking for an exciting paddling trip in the diverse fjord of Sandefjordsfjorden, this is the route for you.

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

Getting there

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 Larvik. Stay on Fv303 for nearly 4 kilometers until you reach the roundabout directing you towards Granholmen. Follow the signs to Granholmen Camping where you reach your destination. 

Trail description

From Granholmen, the route heads southwest to the group of islets right across the small strait from Granholmen. Paddle south through the islets and across the small straight to the bigger islet, Uleholmen, directly south. There can be boats in this area, so be aware of your surroundings!

Continue along the eastern coast of Saltholmen and across the to mainland in the Sperrevik area, where you will find a nice sandy beach, Sandvika. From there, follow the shoreline south until you come to a small beach called Husvika North. Paddle around the point to the southeast and head west into Håkavika bay. Here you will find the beach, Husvika, on your right. The distance from Sandvika to Husvika is about two kilometers.

On your return to Granholmen you can paddle out to Raudholmane, the islets due east of the Sandvika beach. Paddle around these islets before heading northwest towards Saltholmen. After Saltholmen, continue along the western shore padding through the bays and past the peninsulas on Storøya, past Vannøya and Enga. Continue paddling a bit further north until you return back to Granholmen.

Amenities

At Granholmen you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Fresh water
  • Parking
  • Camping

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