The islands off Skjærhalden are the perfect place for recreation and a day out. The different islands offer great areas for walking or biking, nice beaches, charming cafes, galleries, shops and concerts. Jump on and off the Hvaler ferries all day with the Isla
A day spent island jumping around the eastern islands of Hvaler is day full of relaxation and great experiences. Here you will find good areas for hiking, walking and biking, secluded sandy beaches, cafes, galleries and much more!
The Hvaler ferry have up to 18 daily departures and with the Island-hopping ticket you can stroll from island to island on a relaxing tour that starts and ends in Skjærhalden on Kirkøy.
The ticket is valid all day. Remember to check the ferry times!
You may bring your bike for a supplement of NOK 70,- (to be paid on the ferry). The ferry only accepts cash.
It is not possible to purchase food or drinks on the ferries, but there are cafes on Herføl, Makø (Nordre Sandøy) and Nedgården (Søndre Sandøy) during the summer months.
More about the islands:
The "capital" of Hvaler – with 700 permanent residents – is Skjærhalden on Kirkøy, the largest island. Here you will find the town hall and police station, small shops, restaurants, quayside pubs and summer visitors a-plenty. If you are looking for leisure activities or a lazy day in the harbor, Skjærhalden is the place. The island jumping cruise with the Hvaler ferries starts from here.
On Nordre Sandøy there is no car traffic nor commercial activity, but excellent walking paths and a multitude of summer houses. It is said that Tordenskiold had his hideout here in 1716 when he was waiting for the Swedes, therefore the name Tordenskiold Bay to the north of the island. A tip is to get off the ferry at Nordre and walk along the gravel path to Makø, where you find a unique café during the summer season.
Over on Søndre Sandøy there are beautiful sandy beaches, great bike paths and a rich plant life. Gravingsundet is an idyllic “pearl” between the two islands, here you find remains of the old herring industry and the start of commercial tourism on Hvaler. By Nedgården you find a charming café and Stuevika is a great place for camping. If you want a roundtrip on your bike it will take about 45 minutes to get around the island.
Herføl is a quiet and idyllic island south on the Hvaler Islands. It is a former toll station and was historically an important place for the fishing industry.
There are also two stone burial mounds from the Bronze Age on Herføl; Langrøsset and Herfølsåta. From Herfølsåta there are excellent views of the Oslo fjord. Today the island is a popular place for tourists and locals during the summer months and has a gallery and a café/pub.
On Lauer you will find scenery which largely consists of small hills and rocks. Lauer has no permanent residents, but the many trails are perfect for exploring the island. On Lauer it is possible to rent a cabin (contact us for more information) and wake up next to the sea.