Pikesten Lighthouse Hiking

  • Pikesten Lighthouse and Strandkål

    Pikesten Lighthouse and Strandkål Photo: Rolf Sørensen

  • The coastal walking path from Brattestø.

    The coastal walking path from Brattestø. Photo: Haakon Braathu Haaverstad

Essential info

  • Destination: Ytre Hvaler
  • Season: January–December
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 4.2 kilometers (loop)
  • Elevation Gain: 20 meters
  • Duration: 1–2 hours

About Pikesten Lighthouse

Pikesten Lighthouse, located on the western coast of Asmaløy, is the place to experience the drama when the autumn storms roll in. You hear and see the power of nature as the waves crash upon the shore.

There is so much to experience at Pikesten Lighthouse and the area deserves a visit on the nice summer days too.

If you walk south of the lighthouse, you will go through an area of ​​lush meadows, coastal lakes, and one of Hvaler’s largest rock formations. This part of Asmaløy is a gold mine for those interested in botanical or geological rarity. The splendor of the flowers is especially great in early summer. If you are lucky you may find the Honningblomsten, Norway’s rarest orchid.

Getting there

The nearest parking lot is located along road 108 at Åsebu. It is about 2 kilometers from the parking lot to Brattestø, but you follow the small gravel roads Gravningen and Huserveien, through beautiful countryside.

The busses from Oslo and Fredrikstad stops at the buss stop Åsebu.

Trail description

Brattestø, on Asmaløy, is the starting point for the trip to the Pikesten Lighthouse. From the fishing port on Brattestø, it is only a few hundred meters out on the point where Pikesten Lighthouse is located.

Facts

  • Geology with tracks from last ice age.
  • Gold mine for the botanist.
  • Diversity of natural habitats
  • Kiosk

Amenities

Kiosk: Brattestø Harbor and Boat Service operates the kiosk in the harbor at Brattestø. Here you can purchase ice cream, drinks and lighter dishes. Open from Easter to late autumn.

There is a toilet in the kiosk (not accessible when kiosk is closed)

Nearest grocery store is on Vesterøy.

Where to stay

Skipstad Camping, located halfway between Åsebu and Vikerhavna along county road 108.

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

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