Bjerkøy Loop Paddling

Easy paddling around Bjerkøy from Fjærholmen

Essential info

  • Destination: Padleleden
  • Season: April–October
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 7 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 1.5–2.5 hours

About Bjerkøy Loop

The loop around Bjerkøy Island is a short and rather easy kayak trip, that is great for both beginners or people looking for an afternoon adventure. The route gives a taste of what the greater archipelago of Færder National Park has to offer. The loop is part of Padleled Vestfold and the entry point for the adventure is Fjærholmen.

Getting there

This adventure starts at Fjærholmen, outside of Tønsberg, a 2-hour drive south of the capital city, Oslo.

Upon reaching, Tønsberg, look for signs towards "Nøtterøy" (Road 308), an island south of the city. After driving across the bridge to Nøtterøy, turn left onto Road 309 towards Fjærholmen and Årøysund.

After about 2.5 km, turn left onto "Føynlandveien" towards Fjærholmen and Føynland. From here, it's only 3 km more on smaller roads towards Fjærholmen. Make sure you follow the white signs towards Fjærholmen.  

Trail description

From Fjærholmen, paddle south towards Bjerkøy. Be aware of crossing boat traffic. Bjerkøy is one of the few islands in Vestfold that still inhibited. 

Continue paddling around Bjerkøy to the southern tip of the island, before heading north until you reach Ulvøtangen. Here you'll cross the strait, so be aware of boat traffic. Ulvøtangen is a nice place to take a break before paddling north, where there are many buildings. You're then close to, Fjærholmen, where you started your trip.  

Alternative route
There are many possibilities for expanding your kayaking trip such as to Ekornholmen and Hvalø. 


At Fjærholmen you can find:

  • A small beach for swimming
  • A campsite with toilets and a small kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Free parking

Where to stay

Fjærholmen is right outside of the city of Tønsberg. You will find lots of overnight options like hotels or Airbnb's in the city. 


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