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The Jæren National Tourist Route at Friestad in Hå, Norway Photo: Hege Lysholm / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Hege Lysholm / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Helge Stikbakke / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Helge Stikbakke / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Hege Lysholm / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Helge Stikbakke / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Helge Stikbakke / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Hege Lysholm / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Werner Harstad / Statens vegvesen
Photo: Werner Harstad / Statens vegvesen

Jæren National Tourist Route

Jæren offers open skies, wide horizons and endless ocean. Mile upon mile of sandy beaches and sand dunes, only broken by boulders and salmon rivers.

Location

Jæren National Tourist Route is a 41-kilometre-long stretch of road between Ogna and Bore in the county of Rogaland in Fjord Norway.

The road

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 thousand square kilometres 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 centre 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.

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 centre. Today it is an art and cultural centre 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 fv. 507 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 fv. 44 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 10-kilometre-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 three kilometres long and one of the finest beaches in Norway. It is located along fv. 507. 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 400 metres 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 200 metres.

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 centre of the Jæren region.

Idyllically situated by Sola Beach, only 12 kilometres 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.

Facts

  • Road: Fv. 44 and fv. 507 between Ogna and Bore in Rogaland.  
  • Length: 41 kilometres.

Getting to Jæren National Tourist Route

The distance from Stavanger to Bore, at the northern end of Jæren National Tourist Route, is approximately 27 kilometres.

Ogna, the southern end of Jæren National Tourist Route, is 41 kilometres south of Bore.

  • Distance between Oslo and Stavanger: 497 kilometres
  • Distance between Bergen and Stavanger: 220 kilometres
  • Distance between Kristiansand and Stavanger: 233 kilometres

Read more about Getting to the Stavanger Region.

More information

National Tourist Routes in Norway
The Stavanger Region

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Last updated:  2013-02-04
Fv 44 through Brusand at the southern end of National Tourist Route Jæren, Norway - Photo: Helge Stikbakke / Statens vegvesen
Fv 44 through Brusand at the southern end of National Tourist Route Jæren, Norway
Borestranden Beach near National Tourist Jæren in Norway is well worth a visit - Photo: Hege Lysholm / Statens vegvesen
Borestranden Beach near National Tourist Jæren in Norway is well worth a visit
Kiting at Sola Beach, Jæren in Norway - Photo: CH/www.visitnorway.com
Kiting at Sola Beach, Jæren in Norway

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The Jæren National Tourist Route at Friestad in Hå, Norway - Photo: Hege Lysholm / Statens vegvesen

Jæren National Tourist Route

Jæren offers open skies, wide horizons and endless ocean. Mile upon mile of sandy beaches and sand dunes, only broken by boulders and salmon rivers.

Jæren National Tourist Route

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