Helgeroa to Stokkøya and Håøya Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Trond Glesaaen

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 14.8 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 3–4 hours

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About Helgeroa to Stokkøya and Håøya

Paradisbukta (Paradise bay) on the western side of Håøya lives up to its name. It is especially a paradise for paddlers with its popular sheltered lagoon and beach.

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 west along the coastline to the first peninsula where you will cross over to Stokkøya in the northwest. Paddle along the northeastern coast of the island. During this stretch, you will find some fun and narrow straits as well as small islets, worthy of exploring. From the north end of the island, paddle northeast over to the southwest edge of the island, Håøya. On this stretch between the islands, you can expect to see some other boat traffic so be aware of your surroundings.

There are many nice areas to land the kayak along the southwestern coast of Håøya. These places are perfect for a short break or to camp for the night. On Håøya, there are many hiking trails taking you around the island.

Continue along the route south towards Håøytangen, the southern point of the island and then north along the eastern shoreline. Cross over to the mainland in the east and paddle south along the shoreline. Explore the quaint bays, beaches, and islets while following the shoreline back to Helgeroa.

Alternativ route
Cross from Stokkøya island towards Håøytangen and follow the western coast north. Paddle around Håøya and through the narrow strait, Vrangsund, before crossing back to mainland and paddling south towards Helgeroa.

Amenities

At Helgeroa you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Parking
  • Fresh water

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