Mørjefjorden Loop Paddling

Paddling along Padleled Vestfold

  • Photo: Trond Glesaaen

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleled Vestfold
  • Season: May–September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 12.1 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 2.5–3.5 hours

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About Mørjefjorden Loop

In the very south of Vestfold you can find Norway’s largest cobblestone beach, Mølen, facing the large strait between Norway and Denmark, Skagerrak. To the north, you find Helgerofjorden. The route from Helgeroa is in sheltered waters.

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, follow the shoreline north towards Mørjefjorden. Here you will pass idyllic islets, beaches, and quaint cabins. We recommend taking a break and stretching your legs on the beach in the Barkevik bay area. Along the route you will also pass a large quarry. Noise, dust, and ships may be a few things you come across along the route, but it is also exciting to observe the district's important industries from the water. After the quarry, cross over to the west and paddle along the eastern shoreline of Håøya. Continue paddling to the northernmost point of Mørjefjorden and then back down the mainland to the starting point, Helgeroa.

The Grenland area is one of Norway's largest industrial areas, and the sea is an important transport route. Grenland harbor is one of Norway's largest, therefore be aware of the shipping traffic that passes, usually via Dypingen, but some vessels enter Helgerofjorden.

Alternate route
An idyllic detour can be through the Vrangsund strait (under the walking bridge) on Håøya's northern side. Paddle south along the western coast of Håøya, passing Vervenbukta, Skolebukta and Paradisbukta bay. From Paradisbukta there is a nice hike up to the top of Håøya.

Amenities

At Helgeroa you can find:

  • Public restrooms
  • Parking
  • Fresh water

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