Kayaking in Vestfold, Norway

Padleled Vestfold

Norway

Kayaking in Norway doesn’t get much better than this. In fact, kayaking anywhere in the world doesn’t get much better than this!

Padleled Vestfold (The Paddle Route) is home to some of the best kayaking routes in Norway, making it the perfect place to visit if you’re interested in exploring the country by kayak. It’s located a short distance from Oslo in Vestfold county, stretching from Svelvik in the north to Larvik in the south.

The area covered by Padleleden is perhaps Norway’s best and most popular area for water sports. The many islands, both large and small, are great for beginners and more experienced paddlers. If the weather is windy, there is no shortage of small inlets and shallow waters along the coast. For more open waters, head to the east.

28 entry points have been set up along the coast. Each entry point has an information board with maps and suggested routes. Use the map below to explore Padleled Vestfold and find your next kayaking adventure.

Map

Click on an entry point in the map and view the related guide to get more information about the adventures starting from that location. For access to offline topographic maps download the free Outtt app.

Rent a kayak

To rent a kayak you will need to prove previous kayaking experience or provide a kayak paddling certificate.

Padleopplevelser and Kajakkgrossisten offer rentals at both Tjøme and Stokke, with prices from 400 NOK per day or 1,600 to 2,000 NOK per week. Both kayak providers offer kayak delivery and retrieval for an additional fee starting at 200 NOK.

If you are a member of The Norwegian Trekking Association, you can rent kayaks from Tønsberg og Omegns Turistforening for only 200 NOK per day.

Kjølholmen on Veierland island. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

Stay in a Padlehuk

A Padlehuk is a type of shelter built along Padleled Vestfold. The shelters are a nice place to take a break and eat lunch, or they can also be used for overnight accommodation. They are free to use and don’t require a booking.

Many new shelters are currently being built, but for now there is one at Ildverket and another at Østre Bolærne.

A Padlehuk in winter.

Getting there

Padleleden covers a rather large area, and the directions will vary depending on your destination. The area lies to the south of Norway’s capital Oslo, nestled along the coast of the Oslofjord. A popular starting point is Tønsberg, the biggest city in the area.

Car

Driving from Oslo to Tønsberg takes about two hours on road E18.

Public transport

The train from Oslo to Tønsberg takes a little under two hours, and there are one to two departures every hour. Tickets can be booked on nsb.no.

Konkurrenten operates busses between Oslo and Kristiansand with stops along the E18 highway. From the Fokserød stop, the Telemarkekspressen bus connects to Larvik and Tønsberg.

For all other local bus routes use Entur.

Verdens Ende on Tjøme Island.

When to go

The true beginning and end of the seasons varies greatly in Norway, and it is dependent on the general weather conditions. The Norwegian national weather service provides detailed weather reports and forecasts for the area in English.

Winter

This area is fairly mild during the winter. Few winters see snow on the ground along the coast, but even without snow there can be ice in the water. The temperature can reach as low as -15°C.

Spring

Spring usually begins in April, although it can begin as early as the end of March. This is the start of the paddling season, as by now the snow is gone and temperatures are much friendlier. Water temperatures will still be very cold, but air temperatures can reach 10-15°C.

Summer

The summer months of June, July, and August are the peak months for paddling. Many areas will double in population during this time, with July the most popular month. Water temperatures rise to about 20°C in mid-July. The air temperatures can vary significantly, ranging from 13°C to 30°C. In these months the sun feels like it never sets, creating perfect conditions for long days of paddling and exploring.

Fall

By the end of September, autumn has begun. The air and water temperatures fall but there can be days in September and October with plenty of sun and fairly nice temperatures. During this time, the ocean is rougher and the days become shorter. In September, the sun begins to set around seven o’clock and the days steadily become shorter.

Always be prepared for bad weather. Photo: Dag Nordsveen