Svinevika to Martaholmen Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Trond Glesaaen

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 1–1.5 hours

About Svinevika to Martaholmen

At the southernmost point of Sandefjords’ fjord lies the idyllic Martaholmen, near Kjerringvik, with beautiful sandy beaches and sloped rocks. This is an absolute gem! Enjoy this short route with much to see.

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

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 6.7 kilometers until you turn left onto the road, Kjerringvikveien. Stay on Kjerringvikveien for 3 kilometers until turning left onto the road, Svinevik, which will take you to your destination.

Trail description

From Svinevika, the route heads south along the shoreline. Paddle into the picturesque bays, Kalvika and Fornet, before heading out to Martaholmen near Kjerringvik. Martaholmen, with the highest point 26 meters above sea level, is a beautiful island. On the north side of the island, you will find a large sandy beach, which is a great place to enjoy a break.

The island, found at the mouth of the fjord, got its name from a sailing ship which crashed on the rocks years ago. It is said that the wreckage still exists in the bay. The trip is exposed to south-east wind and waves from the south, but overall it is a great trip in good weather. Return back to Svinevika along the same route.

Alternate route
From the west side of the fjord, there are only two kilometers from Kjerringvik to the eastern side of the fjord. If weather conditions are good, a fjord crossing is a great addition on the return trip to Svinevika. Please be aware of the ferry and boat traffic in the fjord.


At Granholmen you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Public parking

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