Jæren National Tourist Route is a 25-mile-long stretch of road between Ogna and Bore in the county of Rogaland in Fjord Norway.
Jæren is Norway's food basket with intensive agriculture in a flat, vast and well-kept cultural landscape, in an area boasting mild climate all year round.
The Jæren coast is open to the sea and has always been regarded as one of the most dangerous stretches of the entire Norwegian coastline. Work on the construction of lighthouses began in the mid 19th century. The aim was to lead North Sea shipping safely along the Jæren coast in bad weather, darkness and fog. Over the years a number of new lighthouses were built – the last one, Kvassheim Lighthouse, was completed in 1912.
Side roads down to Kvassheim Lighthouse and other cultural heritage sites, boulders and sand dunes give an exciting glimpse of both ocean and history. Jæren's three hundred square miles or more represent the largest lowland area in Norway and the long sandy beaches along the way can offer the motorist some relaxation.
Viewpoints along the road
There are two panoramic view- and rest areas made in collaboration with the Jæren National Tourist Route:
The exterior of Kvassheim Lighthouse has been restored and alterations have been made to the interior too, which now houses a café, toilet, a meeting room and a room for admiring the view. The lighthouse also houses a nature information center and exhibitions about shipwrecks and the lifeboat service along the Jæren coast.
At Orre Recreation Centre (Friluftshuset på Orre) you can find out all you need to know about the beaches of Jæren, which are scenic reserves, and the wide range of outdoor activities available in the area.
National Tourist Route maps
In co-operation with Nordeca, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) have launched a series of new road maps, each covering one of the 18 different National Tourist Routes in Norway.
The maps describe viewpoints along the way, as well as the National Tourist Routes' nature attractions, dining, accommodations and other attractions along the routes. To give the reader a good and visual impression of the routes, several pictures and descriptions have been placed in the maps themselves.
The maps are available in English, German and Norwegian from kartbutikken.no.
What to see
Already several hundred years ago, Hå Old Vicarage served as the residence of a senior civil servant, as a vicarage, and as an administrative and cultural center. Today it is an art and cultural center with permanent as well as temporary exhibitions.
Varhaug Old Cemetery is situated on Varhaug Farm in the municipality of Hå. The cemetery dates back to the Middle Ages and is listed as a cultural monument.
Obrestad Lighthouse is a lighthouse museum with exhibitions documenting day-to-day life in the lighthouse and on Obrestad Farm, as well as the life of soldiers during World War II.
By Fv507 in Orre is Orre Old Church, built of stone in the middle of the 13th century.
Hitler's Teeth are a reminder of World War II along Fv44 in Brusand. The cement blocks were cast to prevent Allied Forces from landing here.
Read more about the Stavanger Region.
What to do
Hike along Kongevegen, a 6-mile-long trail following the coast from Kvassheim to Hå Old Vicarage. The path partly follows the old riding trail over Jæren. It is clearly marked and divided into stages.
Try surfing. This stretch of coastline is ideal to explore the North Sea for wind and waves. The spots range from easy and gentle beginner beaches, to the more demanding and better boulder rock points.
Go for a swim, or just chill on the beach. Borestranden is one mile long and one of the finest beaches in Norway. It is located along Fv507. Toilets and kiosks can be found at nearby camping grounds. Signposted parking area.
Visit the Mingar Walker Glassblowing Studio, where you will find a contemporary collection of Norwegian hand-blown glass.
Other attractions worth a visit include the the Jærmuseet Varden Sjøredningsmuseum in Brusand, which tells the story of the rescue work along the dangerous Jæren coast and Jærmuseet Vitengarden (Science Farm), an architecturally interesting building, complete with an activity farm for children, where visitors "learn by doing".
Read more about What to do in the Stavanger Region.
Where to stay
Huset ved havet is situated only 248 miles from the ocean. Nearby you find the trail "Kongevegen" and the Old Cemetery at Varhaug.
A lighthouse break can mean extravagant sunsets and a stretch of coastline all to yourself. Obrestad Lighthouse (see above) can be hired for private functions and accommodation.
Obrestad Hytteutleie in Nærbø offers good views over the port of Obrestad, "Kongevegen" and the beach. The distance to the sea is only 124 miles.
Bryne Kro og Hotell in Bryne is a family hotel with a cosy atmosphere.
Jæren Hotell is a modern conference hotel situated in Bryne, the geographical and commercial center of the Jæren region.
Idyllically situated by Sola Beach, only 7 miles north of Bore, Sola Strand Hotel offers atmospheric premises and a popular spa. The restaurant is first class and the menu is based on the very best produce inspired by Norwegian culinary traditions.
Read more about Where to stay in the Stavanger Region.
Where to eat
The restaurant at Bryne Kro og Hotell in Bryne is known for its good kitchen. Moseberghagen is a popular bar, and is fully licensed.
The kitchen at Jæren Hotell is famous for its home-cooked food made from local products. Chef Heine Grov is one of the leading chefs in Rogaland and frequently takes part in cooking competitions.
Jærmuseet Vitengarden (Science Farm) is especially devoted to the "green" sciences. On the museum's activity days, the kitchen on the farm is often used to give the audience a taste of the traditional food from Jæren.
Read more about Food in the Stavanger Region.
- Road: Fv44 and Fv507 between Ogna and Bore in Rogaland.
- Length: 25 miles.
Getting to Jæren National Tourist Route
The distance from Stavanger to Bore, at the northern end of Jæren National Tourist Route, is approximately 16 miles.
Ogna, the southern end of Jæren National Tourist Route, is 25 miles south of Bore.
- Distance between Oslo and Stavanger: 308 miles
- Distance between Bergen and Stavanger: 136 miles
- Distance between Kristiansand and Stavanger: 144 miles
Read more about Getting to the Stavanger Region.
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