The Stavanger region offers varied hikes. Some are short and easy, like most of the hikes in the Jæren area, which has little inclination. Hikes to Preikestolen ("the Pulpit Rock"), Kjerag, Bynuten and Månafossen present bigger rewards, but are challenging in length and/or type of terrain. Lovely views are also the reward if you go hiking on the green islands - Mastravarden in Rennesøy is a lovely hike.
Towering highlights – hikes to remember
Preikestolen ("the Pulpit Rock") is probably the most recognisable natural attraction in Norway and stands 1,981 feet above Lysefjorden. The hike to Preikestolen offers unforgettable views, with an easily accessed path. The hike begins at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, and it takes around two hours to reach the top. There are good transport connections from Stavanger to the departure point for the hike, by ferry and bus or car.
See a 360-degree view of Preikestolen ("the Pulpit Rock").
Kjerag is another spectacular hike in the area. The big boulder wedged between two rock walls 3,280 feet above the Lysefjord, with its mountain walls dropping vertically to the fjord below, is an impressive sight. This suits adventurous hikers. The trail from the starting point at Øygardstøl is marked, and one should allow four to six hours for a round trip in physically demanding terrain.
Remember to bring proper hiking boots, good clothing, food and water for both hikes. The season is from May to September.
Hiking in Jæren – coastline and open landscape
The Jæren beaches and coastline hikes are both easy and scenic, with a natural environment offering almost flat routes and comfortable surfaces for all hikers.
The hike from Vigdel beach south to Bore beach is an easy walk with sand/grass surface and no inclination.
Another option on Jæren is the coastal hike from Viste Bay to Tungenes Lighthouse, now a museum and cultural scene, on the northernmost point on the Jæren area mainland.
Other recommended hikes
Distances between coastline and mountains are short in the Stavanger region, and easy to cover by car. If you seek steeper hikes offering different levels of challenge, head inland.
A relatively easy walk is to the Mor Norge statue ("Mother Norway"). Suitable for the entire family, this hike offers good trails leading up to what people refer to as the "most lonely" statue in the Stavanger region.
Close to Stavanger centre, the three lakes hike starts from Mosvannet Camping and goes further to the lakes Mosvannet, Store Stokkavann and Hålandsvannet. With low inclination and gravel paths, this 13-mile route offers great opportunities for bird- and wildlife spotting along the way.
A popular two-hour hike will take you to Månafossen waterfall and Mån farm. Please note that this hike is steep in the beginning. Ropes and railings aid your ascent from the southeast bank of the river, where the hike starts. From the path you will have a fine view of Månafossen waterfall, with its free fall of 301 feet.
Hiking in Sirdal
The beautiful and varied walking terrain in Sirdal makes it a paradise for hikers of all ages.Stavanger Hiking Association (website in Norwegian only) has an extensive network of marked trails in the Sirdal area and neighbouring mountain regions. In total the local hiking network consists of more than 621 miles of trails, with more than 40 cabins to stay in.
Hiking on the green islands
In Rennesøy, a popular hike is to Rennesøyhodnet, giving you a tremendous view in all directions from Karmøy and Haugalandet in north and far south of Jæren. You find 12 miles of marked trails at the highest point of Rennesøy. In Finnøy, a hike to Klubben, Talgje's highest point comes highly recommended. A rewarding 1-mile walk with a stunning view of Ryfylke at the top.
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