Risøya to Skråvika Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Trond Glesaaen

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May-September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 9.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours

About Risøya to Skråvika

On an busy day, a short and sheltered paddle trip Skråvika is a perfect solution. Check out the alternate routes to explore more coastline and experience even more in the Stavern island area. 

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 shoreline into Stavern center. Along the route, you will pass the waterfront shops, restaurants, shipyard, and the national memorial, all bustling with life during the summertime. The trip ends in the charming Skråvika bay, just southwest of the national memorial, where you will find a beautiful sandy beach. Land on the beach and enjoy a break before returning to Risøya along the same route.

Alternate route
For more experienced kayakers, it is possible to paddle around the eastern side of Stavern island. Landing on Stavern and going for a walk around the island is worth the time. Explore Stavern's Fort on Citadell Island and the cultural history of Stavernsodden Fyrstasjon, the lighthouse. The area around Stavern island is exposed to wind and weather and can busy with shipping traffic to-and-from the Larvik port in the north.

There is also the opportunity to paddle from Stavern further south, following the coast to Rakke. At Rakke, you will find a coastal cabin which is available to rent. Please note that Rakke is a very exposed to the open ocean and notorious for difficult wave conditions, making it hard to land onshore. 


At Risøya you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Parking
  • Fresh water

Where to stay


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