Route 4

Tønsberg barrel

Rounding the Tønsberg barrel by boat is not something you do in rough seas and stiff gales. Here, the sea rules! But viewing the passage and the striking cairn from land is a great experience. If you add the idyllic drive across Østerøya and the walk out on Yxney, this half-day trip can quickly become a favorite!

The route is defined as normal

Routes defined as normal are suitable for most people who have experience with somewhat demanding parties.

Time
1:20 hour

Length
62 km

Popularity
5out of 10

Assessed by the number of clicks on this page in the last two weeks compared to all Hubriding routes.

As always, we recommend starting with a small detour to Tjøme town center, to pick up a delicious latte and some pastries from Tjøme Kolonial, before continuing towards Tønsberg and heading south on the E-18. Turn off at Haukerød to Sandefjord, and either take the route via the harbor area in the city center or turn off on Ringveien before you reach the city center. Then follow the road towards rural Østerøya.

This is a hike that's great throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. In spring, the ground is covered in lily of the valley, while in autumn colorful leaves crackle underfoot. Because you have to get your feet wet to reach your destination! Unfortunately, the walk is not wheelchair-friendly, but the gentle curves of the country road out towards Yxney are "wheelchair-friendly" and idyllic. Here the country houses are close together and the beautiful horse farm at the end (Skogan Gård) signals that your horsepower should be parked right next to it. The path from the parking lot is partly adapted for prams and wheelchairs, but only as far as Strandvika. From there, there is a well-marked and partially accessible path, where you walk on solid clods in the "mangrove forest". The walk to the "barrel" is about 2.5 km one way, with a 40 meter climb at the end.

The landscape out here in the nature reserve at Yxney is beautiful and varied. On the walk you pass several nice swimming spots (bring your swimwear in the summer!), shelters and lookout points. The Tønsberg barrel icon itself is naturally located on a hill on the west side of the inlet to the Tønsbergfjord. The hill where the mark stands has probably had a sea mark far back in history. In the late 1800s, the current black and white painted stone cairn was erected. It is now protected and appears much larger when you stand by it than it does in photographs!

Take time to rest on the mountain, follow the boats' journey or close your eyes and listen to the sound of the waves. Perhaps you've brought some pastries from Havbakeriet - what could be better now? Let your eyes wander and you will see the End of the World, which is located on the same hill directly to the east. That way, the next time you enjoy lunch at Verdens Ende Spiseriet, you can look to the west and remember the nice trip to Tønsberg barrel!

PS! You may be confused by the name Yxney, which was the original name of Østerøya, now a peninsula. A common explanation for the name Yxney is Okseøy, but this is uncertain.

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  • Have a great trip!

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