Island hopping Hvaler - The Hvaler Islands - Fredrikstad and Hvaler - Visit Østfold

Island hopping on Hvaler

Do you associate island hopping with seemingly endless ferry trips on rusty hulks between Greek islands? Then you should try island hopping around Hvaler – from Skjærhalden on Kirkøy to the eastern isles! The Hollungen Ferries offer you a round trip that can take an hour or several days. Depending on what you would like to see. Buy a round-trip ticket and you can get on and off the ferries all day.  

There is no great distance to cover, but it would be a bit greedy to try and see everything in one day. The four eastern isles have no car traffic but many gravel tracks and trails you can wander along or cycle. The Sandøy Islands are a cycling paradise, with their networks of gravel paths.


Island hopping at its simplest? Just sit yourself on M/S Olava’s sun deck, and enjoy the sun and view of the stunning Hvaler archipelago. Eat lunch on Herføl or at Nedgården, where there are also some small and charming shops. Hop onto a later ferry and continue the round-trip to the other islands and back to Skjærhalden.


There are many beaches with sand and polished, sun-warmed rocks. There are quiet woods, eye-catching countryside, ancient monuments and strange geological formations. Study the map and timetable and consider whether you want to take a bike. Not to mention a tent and sleeping bag. Regional coastal authorities administer several communal areas where there are toilets and garbage containers. At Stuevika on Søndre Sandøy there is a basic standard camping site – you camp on the beach far from all traffic noise or uproar of nightlife. Make your own food or hike over to Café Oline at Nedgården. The children will be safe in the long shallows of the beach. The ideal spot if you love the sun, but hate the stress of package tours.

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