Kayaking trips in Vestfold / Tønsberg
In this blog post, I will share my experience of kayaking around Nøtterøy, which is a large island located on the southwestern side of the Oslo Fjord, just south of the coastal city of Tønsberg. The trip took two days and was approximately 30km. What I think is cool about this area, is that it is not far from Norway’s capital city, Oslo (where there are 1000’s of eager paddlers in search of new kayaking locations), which means you really don’t have to travel far to have access to beautiful coastlines and slightly more exposed waters. Not everyone wants to travel all the way to Lofoten for a kayaking adventure – but if you do here is our blog post about kayaking in Lofoten – so instead, why not catch the train (only 1.5 hours) down to Tønsberg from Oslo. Talk about saving time and money, while still going on epic kayak adventures!
Our kayak trip kayaking around Nøtterøy
Our route (curtesy of Norgeskart):
What I learned for next time
- Next time I will start by paddling eastwards and out into the archipelago off the eastern coast of Nøtterøy. Here there are far less houses and boat traffic, as the islands in this area are mostly nature reserves.
- Even though it was not the biggest deal, I would prefer not to paddle that stretch again with a head wind, so in hindsight I would paddle on whatever side that allows me not to have to do that – if possible!
Other cool things to do in the Tønsberg
- Check out other kajakkpadling.no –
- Check out the viking ship in the centre of town –
- Visit the old fort on top of the hill –
- Visit Verdens Ende at the tip of Tjøme –
Tips and tricks for kayaking trips in general
- Check out the for learning how to recognise wind speed
- is excellent for measuring distance and seeing contours / gradient
- for checking wind speed and direction
- Check out the project, creating a paddle route starting from Oslo, and going all the way down the coast, with little kayak huts you can stay at along the way
- Learn how to roll a kayak
- Check out our how to pack a kayak properly for an overnight kayaking trip
- Remember to check the weather before you go, pack and plan accordingly, and tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back – always bring a communication device that works wherever you may be going kayaking.
- If you want to rent kayaks in Norway you will need a våttkort. If you are planning to do multi-day trips we recommend taking at least the NPF Foundation Course in Sea Kayaking (Grunnkurs hav) or if you have never kayaked before you may want to start with the Introducti0n Course (Introkurs hav). See all of our kayak courses here.