Ølbergholmen to Svenner Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Vigdis Askjem

  • Photo: Vigdis Askjem

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May-September
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 11.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 4-5 hours

About Ølbergholmen to Svenner

A great route for the more experienced paddlers. The Svenner lighthouse is definitely a memorable experience!

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

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 8.2 kilometers until you turn left onto the road, Ulaveien. Stay on Ulaveien for 2.7 kilometers until turning right onto the road, Eftangveien. Stay on Eftangveien for 4.4 kilometers until reaching the parking lot just south of Rønningen Camping. 

Trail description

Note! The route to Svenner is a trip for only experienced paddlers. There are strong ocean currents from the northeast in the stretch between Ølbergholmen and Svenner, and when the wind blows against the current, there are often more waves than one normally expects. Because it is possible to paddle against the current, it also takes longer than a normal tour.

From Ølbergholmen, the trip heads south along Ølbergholmen point. Be aware of big waves here and among the islets before heading out across the open ocean to Svenner island. During the crossing between the mainland and Svenner island, you may find that the current is so strong that you must to paddle southeast to move south and avoid drifting. The beacon on the islet Svennerflaten is a good point to keep in view.

Great places for kayakers to land are in the bays found on the east and the north sides of Svenner island. Inside the bays, you will find long grassy fields which are perfect places to pitch tents. A paddle trip around Svenner can be recommended. Enjoy paddling around the harbor on the south side, where you will see the coastal cabins and the old buildings. On the southwest side of the island, there are many small islets where boats can cruise around and gather. Landing on the islets can be difficult for kayakers.

When you round the northern tip of Svenner island, you can follow the shoreline through a small strait called Strømsund. Svenner island is very much worth exploring. Take a hike and explore the lighthouse and head west along the trail marked "Kutraketten".

Paddle back to Ølbergholmen along the same route.

Alternate route
If the weather permits, it is nice to take add on extra distance with a paddle trip along the southeastern edge of Malmøya and into the Flaskebukta bay. Continue paddling around Malmøya for even more distance. There are many bays and coves to explore. The west side of the island has some special islets.


At Ølbergholmen you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Public parking
  • Camping

Where to stay


Questions or comments? Let us know.

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