Vestre Bolæren Loop Paddling
Easy paddling around Vestre Bolæren from Fjærholmen
- Destination: Padleleden
- Season: May–September
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 10.8 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 0 meters
- Duration: 3–4 hours
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About Vestre Bolæren Loop
A trip around Vestre Bolæren is a true classic for paddlers! Enjoy views of this gorgeous area, while kayaking around the island. The loop is part of Padleled Vestfold and the entry point is at Fjærholmen.
It's a nice destination in itself, but it is also the perfect place to begin exploring the northern area of Færder National Park.
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.
From Fjærholmen, paddle towards the skerry, Steinkloss, and then towards Landskjæra. Continue paddling to Masseløy, which is a good island to take a break or pitch a tent. If the weather is nice, and you have the energy, paddle on either the north or the south side of Masseløy and Haneflu, before heading towards Vestre Bolæren.
Here you can go ashore on either the beach on the north or kayak to the eastern side of the island. During the summertime, fresh water is available on the island. Return to Fjærholmen the same route you came or extend the trip by paddling through the narrow channels and the coves in the area around Masseløy and Langskjæra.
Vestre Bolæren is a superb starting point for further exploring of Bolærneøyene. Mellom Bolæren is almost an untouched pearl in the area, and has many historical and great tour experiences as well as a cabin to stay overnight.
The neighboring island, Østre Bolæren, is very busy during the summer and has a well-developed guest marina with facilities. The Kystledhytta Kommandantboligen (Coastal Fairway Commander’s Residence) is located on the island, which offers cabins. There is also a ferry route to/ from Østre Bolæren.
At Fjærholmen you can find:
- A small beach for swimming
- A campsite with toilets and a small kiosk
- Free parking
Where to stay
Fjærholmen is right outside of the city of Tønsberg. You will find lots of overnight options like hotels or Airbnbs in the city.