Coastal Trail on Asmaløy Hiking Trail

Hike from from Åsebu in the north to Vikerhavna in the south

  • Photo: Haakon Braathu Haaverstad

  • Pikesten Lighthouse

    Pikesten Lighthouse Photo: Rolf Sørensen

Essential info

  • Destination: Ytre Hvaler
  • Season: January–December
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 6.7 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
  • Elevation Gain: 30 meters
  • Duration: 3–6 hours

About Coastal Trail on Asmaløy

Hvaler’s coastal paths are perfect for those who want to wander and discover the local nature. The coastal path on Asmaløy is about 7 kilometers long from Åsebu to Vikerhavna but there are several nice loops which are well-marked if you are interested in going on a shorter trip. There are many gems along the way.

The map shows the coastal path. The description has tips for shorter trips.

Getting there

Coming from Fredrikstad, you drive road 108 to the Hvaler islands. After crossing the bridge onto island of Asmalyøy , you continue for approx. 700 meters to Åsebu, where the parking lot is located close to the main road.

Busses from Oslo and Fredrikstad stop at the Åsebu bus stop.

Trail description

Åsebu - Brattestø; about 2 km.

The coastal path heads south along the narrow straight over large boulders and many beautiful small sandy beaches. The trail is well-marked, but not suitable for strollers. Brattestø is Hvaler's oldest fishing port and is still an active harbor with a cafe where you can purchase drinks and simple dishes.

If you would like to return on a different route, a marked trail can be found a little further away from shore. This trail takes you along the smaller gravel roads, Husveien and Gravningen. The round trip will be about 4 kilometers long in total.

Brattestø to Huserstøet; 1 km

The coastal path around Brattestø and further towards Pikesten Lighthouse and Huserstøet is a wonderful walk. By the lighthouse, you will find a beautiful pebble beach.

On the stormy days where the sea from Skagerakk is right on, the Pikesten Lighthouse is the perfect place to experience the power of the ocean. Perhaps you choose the same way back along the sea to Brattestø or if you would like to walk a different route, walk from Huserstøet to Skipstadkilen, where you enter the island and head towards Skipstad and Huser along small village roads. At Huser you can choose to go down to Brattestø, or take the road, Gravningen, to the parking lot at Åsebu.

Brattestø - Huserstøet - Vikerhavna: about 4.6 km.

After Huserstøet, the trail crosses to Svanebukta, where it turns inwards and follows along the shore at Skipstadkilen. It continues on the eastside of Vikerkilen and south to Vikerhavna. These inlets have a very rich flora and fauna. The Skipstadkile is shallow and almost entirely surrounded by Phragmite australis. The Vikerkilen is deeper and has a more maritime feel. Both areas are important for birds. As a resting place for wetland birds during the spring and autumn trek. As a habitat for sparrows that are strongly tied to large Phragmites stands. At the top of the coastal zone at Vikerkilen there are many rare salt-bearing plants.

You are mostly in the Ytre Hvaler National Park during the whole stretch.

South of the island lies Vikerbogen, a man-made cove with a breakwater. This is a great place to relax, go for a swim, enjoy the sunset, or even test your luck with some fishing.

Facts

  • Several sandy beaches along path
  • Brattestø, Hvalers oldest fishing port
  • Pikesten lighthouse on stormy days
  • Botanical diversity

Amenities

  • Kiosk 
  • Toilet in the kiosk (closed when kiosk is not open)

Where to stay

Airbnb has options on the north and south sides of Asmaløy.

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