Viksfjord Loop from Bjønnes Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 9 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 2–2.5 hours

About Viksfjord Loop from Bjønnes

In Viksfjord, you paddle through sheltered waters in historically important areas, between idyllic islands, islets and shallow reefs. These routes are best suited for short day trips.

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

Getting there

From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 123 kilometers until you reach exit 44-Ringdalkrysset. Continue onto Hedrum Ravei until turning left onto Gamle Ravei. Stay on this road for 1.8 kilometers. Turn left onto Verningenveien and then continue straight onto Håkestadveien for 4.8 kilometers. Turn right onto Tjøllingveien/Fv303 for a half kilometer. Turn left onto Husebyveien and follow the road for 1.7 kilometers before turning left onto Østbyveien which will take you to your destination at Bjønnes. 

Trail description

From Bjønnes, paddle northeast along the coastline until you reach Vikerøya island, where the fjord is most narrow. Cross to Vikerøya and follow along the southern coast until you reach Skogsholmen island, on the eastern side of Vikerøya.

From Skogsholmen, head southwest along the mainland (Tjølling) for about three kilometers until you cross over to Langøy in the west. From Langøya, cross north to the opposite mainland and paddle northeast back to Bjønnes.

Alternative route
Varillfjord, between Vikerøya and the north mainland, has a length of about two kilometers, and at its narrowest is only two meters wide. Follow the fjord arm to the northeast as far as you can paddle.

Another great alternative is to follow the Tjølling mainland from Vikerøya and further south to Ølbergholmen. The fantastic beach and surrounding area is worthy of exploring. Rønningen camping is also a great place to stay the night. 

Amenities

At Bjønnes you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Public parking
  • Fresh water
  • Summertime kiosk

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