Helgeroa to Fugløya Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Vigdis Askjem

  • Photo: Vigdis Askjem

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May-September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 12.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours

About Helgeroa to Fugløya

A short and protected trip is the route out to Fugløya island, in the northern end of Mølen bird sanctuary. On Fugløya, 1.5 million birds of 320 different species can be observed during a the fall season.

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

Getting there

From Oslo, follow E18 east towards Kristiansand for nearly 132 kilometers until you reach exit toward Fv 303 Larvik. Follow signs towards Fv302 - Helgeroa. Stay on Fv302/Brunlanesveien for nearly 12 kilometers until you turn right onto the road, Strandebakken. Stay on Strandebakken for a few hundred meters until you arrive in Helgeroa.

Trail description

From Helgeroa, paddle south along the shoreline next to the beaches until you reach the tip of Mølen peninsula. From here, cross over to the larger island, Fugløya, in the northwest.

The island belongs to the Mølen bird sanctuary, which is one of Norway's most important bird-watching sites. Please note that between Fugløya and the small island in the east, Fugløyrogn, it is very shallow. In the strait, there are many large rocks, but it is possible to paddle right through the middle. You are welcome to land your kayak on the rocky beaches just on the other side of the strait. It is a bit more challenging to land the kayaks on the northern part of Fugløya, but there is a suitable landing point, approximately midway between the northern tip and pier on the northeastern side.

From the top of Fugløya you can enjoy great views. On the northwest side of the island, there is a nice landing area to rest on. Fugløya is also known for its large variety of flowers and pebble beaches in the southern part. Here, you can also find a old fort from the early 1800s.

Alternate route
A trip around Fugløya is fantastic, but the water is more exposed on the west and east sides, where there are steep mountains that reflect the waves from the ocean.


At Helgeroa you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Parking
  • Fresh water

Where to stay


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