Stavernsøya Loop Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Dag Nordsveen

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 7 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 1–2 hours

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About Stavernsøya Loop

A round trip around Stavernsøyna is a route through the fantastic archipelago with great areas for swimming and hiking.

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

Getting there

From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 132 kilometers until you reach exit toward Fv 303 Larvik. Follow signs towards Fv301 - Stavern. Stay on Fv301/Stavernveien for 6.4 kilometers until you turn left onto the road, Risøyveien. Follow Risøyveien until you reach your destination. 

Trail description

From Risøya, the route takes you south along the coastline and over to Stavern island. In the northern portion of the route, you will paddle in sheltered waters between islets. Stavern island is well-protected against the large strait, Skagerrak, separating Norway and Denmark in the south. The route will take you clockwise around Stavern island and back to Risøya.

As you make your way around the island, you pass the three connected islands: Citadell island, Stavern island and Torkel island - with great opportunities for landing and to explore the cultural and historical surroundings on foot. There are sheltered landing areas on the northside, in Festningshamna and a trip into Stavern Bay is highly recommended. There are many nice options for lodging on Stavern island, either in a tent or in the cabin "Stavernsodden fyren". On the south side of the island there are two beaches great for landing and to enjoy a break.

Note that both the east and the south sides of Stavern island are exposed to any rough weather and Larviksfjord can also be busy with boat traffic.

Alternate route
Once you've passed the southern tip of Stavern island, it is a nice alternative to paddle through Stavern center. There are nice beaches both on the south and north sides of of Fredriksvern shipyard. There is also the opportunity to paddle further south from Stavern, following the coast to Rakke. Here, you will find a coastal cabin. Please note that Rakke is a very exposed area and notorious for difficult wave conditions. Landing can be difficult.

Amenities

At Risøya you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Parking
  • Fresh water

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