The hike along the stream Vestnesstraumen to Kråkvika and Kråkneset is widely accessible and easy to follow and offers a great outdoor experience with a beautiful view and diverse bird life. You might spot deer, squirrels, and otters along the way. In autumn, you can find blueberries, cranberries, and mushrooms in the forest nearby. There are also picnic areas with barbecue spots. This is a description of the main route through the outdoor area, but there are many detours to take if you like. It is impossible to get lost, because you will be close to the village and at the same time out in the nature. The starting point is the same as the end point. Remember to bring your fishing rod!
Start from the stone with an information plate southeast of the bridge Straumsbroa over the stream Vestnesstraumen. The trail follows a narrow road west along the Vestnesstraumen and under the Vestnes Bridge. Public toilet on your right, below the distribution kiosk. After 0.75 km, you will reach a small bridge and enter the outdoor area Kråkvika. Just as you walk over the bridge in the inner part of Kråkvika Bay, you will see two roads joining from the left. Continue to the right. After 1.26 km, follow the arrow marked “Bålplass” (campfire site) pointing right towards Kråknesodden. You will reach a beautiful bare rock and grassland area with a campfire site and benches. On your way back, follow the main road to the right (north). At your right, you can see another campfire site and a pier where you can try fishing on your right. To the left of the road across the pier, you will see a mailbox with Stikk Ut! (Get out!) attached to the toilet building, as well as a shelter and a campfire on your right.
If you like a longer walk, follow the gravel road past the pier and along the seaside towards Flatevågen. Keep on walking on the left side past the shelter and into the forest after 2 km. Turn around at the boom gate near the municipal industrial area. After 2 km, take the path on your right – it is a shortcut back to Kråkvika and the bridge you crossed on your way here and you can start walking back here. After 2.5 km, a path on the right leads to a small spit of land with benches. The nursery school’s shelter will be on your right, and you will see an incinerator which belonged to the former institution Hellandheimen. You are now back at the toilet building (now on your left). Turn right to get to the sports park Vestnes Idrettspark – and you are back at the start.
Arrival and parking
There are three bridges over the Vestnesstraumen. The trail starts from the one in the middle. Seen from the Shell petrol station in the centre of Vestnes, the starting point is diagonally across the roundabout. Coordinates: 32 V 0401989 and 6945133. There are several car parks in the area, such as the one in Kataholmen by the Hurtigbåt ferry terminal or next to the Vestnes Stadium. You can also start from the entrance to Kråkvika outdoor area. There is a large car park near the day care centre in Hellandheimen. To get there, drive down a steep hill past the adult education centre at Myra 21, please check with the map.