Sandefjordsfjorden Loop from Granholmen Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Vigdis Askjem

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 11.4 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 2–3 hours

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About Sandefjordsfjorden Loop from Granholmen

A nice route among a cluster of islets and reefs in the exciting landscape of Sandefjord’s fjord. This trip is also perfect if you are looking to combine paddling with a refreshing swim.

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, paddle about one kilometer north to Trangsholmene, the islets located on the western side of the fjord. From these islets, paddle east across the fjord. Watch out for the boat traffic and especially the Strømstad ferry!

On the eastern side of the fjord, there are several great swimming beaches which are perfect places to take a break and stretch your legs. The first beach is located at Asnes, at the entrance to Korsvika. From there, paddle into Korsvika, around the peninsula, and then further south to the east side of the islands, Sandholmen and Raudnebben.

Follow the shoreline south for another kilometer until reaching the island, Buerøya, which has a sandy beach on the northern side. About one kilometer further south lies the island, Hellesøya, with a great beach on the eastern side. Here, there is also the beach, Langeby, located on the mainland. By Vøra, the peninsula reaching furthest west into the fjord, paddle back across the fjord towards Saltholmen in the west. Again, be aware of the ferry traffic in and out of the fjord!

Continue north along the shoreline, paddling through the bays, around the peninsulas, and through the islets. There are often boats in this area, so be aware! Continue paddling north to return to Granholmen.

Amenities

At Granholmen you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Fresh water
  • Parking
  • Camping

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