Kayaking in Vestfold, Norway

Padleled Vestfold


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

Discover Padleled Vestfold

Padleled Vestfold (The Paddle Route) is home to some of the best paddling routes in Norway, making it the perfect place to visit if you’re interested in exploring the country on kayak. It’s located in Vestfold county, 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 to 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.

The area has 28 different starting points. Each has an information board with maps and suggested adventures. Use the map for information where you can find toilets, drinking water, grocery stores, and parking. By summer 2019, multiple shelters will be available on various islands for paddlers to spend the night in.

Why choose Padleled Vestfold?

  • Easy access from Oslo – only 2 hours by car or bus
  • Discover Norway’s best kayak destination
  • Visit nearby Tønsberg, Norway’s oldest city
  • Combine exploring Padleleden with hiking in Færder National Park

For access to all our Padleled Vestfold information and trail maps on the go, download the Outtt app. Save your favourite adventures and maps for offline use!

Guide: Padleled Vestfold

Get the overview of all the different entry points for Padleled Vestfold.

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How to 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

How to get to Padleled Vestfold

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.

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

Public transportation
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 visit vkt.no.

Verdens Ende on Tjøme island

The best time to visit Padleled Vestfold

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.

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 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.

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.

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


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