11 reasons to visit
the beach paradise of Jæren
Are you looking for some of Norway's longest white beaches, tasty food from both fjord and field, and fun outdoor activities?
Then the Jæren area in the Stavanger region is definitely the place to visit. The landscape is unique with its large flatland areas and dramatic coast, and there are plenty of historic sites to explore.
Check out its unmissable attractions.
Catch a wave
Waves and wind = perfect surfing. Here, you'll find both sheltered beaches for beginners, and more demanding spots for more advanced surfers.
Regardless of your skill level, Jæren is an ideal place to surf! The area even hosted the European Surf Championships in both 2017 and 2018.
Stay by the beach
Combine fun beach activities with luxury accommodation! The Sola Strand Hotel is located by the dunes beside Sola beach, and is home to both a first-class restaurant and a relaxing spa.
If you want to wake up to a panoramic view of the North Sea, this is the ideal place.
The hotel not only has a unique location by the beach, it's also very easy to get to – only two kilometres from the airport.
Idyllic cycling routes
Let's go from one adventure to the next!
The 140 kilometre Jærruta bicycle route provides an incredible ride through the beautiful landscape of Jæren with its large fields, characteristic stone walls, and ocean views – in other words, it's packed with treats!
Check out Discover Norway for bike rentals and tour options in the area.
Travelling with the whole family?
You'll also find bike tours with shorter stages, which can be combined with other activities along the route.
It's also possible to rent electric bikes that you can collect at several hotels in the area.
You can start and finish your hike at different locations, and you'll find plenty of attractions along the way.
Popular routes include:
Hå Gamle Prestegard - Obrestad harbour
Obrestad harbour - Grødalandstunet
Grødalandstunet - Varhaug cemetery
If you start walking from Hå Gamle Prestegard, remember to plan for a visit there first!
The art and culture centre Hå Gamle Prestegard, a former vicarage, is a must-visit while at Jæren.
The centre is housed in traditional, listed buildings and showcases contemporary art by national and international artists, all exhibited by the stunning coastline.
Stay in a lighthouse
What's really cool about this one is that you can actually spend the night there! If you visit on windy days, you can really get a dramatic close-up of the forces of nature.
Tasty local food
The food in the Jæren region is known for serving up the best from the sea and the field. The mild coastal climate makes it possible to harvest and create a wide range of incredible flavours.
Award-winning cheeses, some of Norway's sweetest tomatoes, and fresh seafood. What do you want to taste first?
In addition to the restaurant at Sola Strand Hotel and the café at Hå Gamle Prestegard, you should definitely plan to dine at Strandhuset at Ølberg.
Here, you can enjoy an amazing buffet each Sunday! Its location by Ølbergstranden beach is, of course, fantastic too.
Get there with a view
Make your journey a part of the adventure! With the Jæren Railway you can easily travel from Stavanger, the largest city in the area, down the coast to Egersund in Jæren.
The ride lasts about an hour and takes you along the rugged coastline, through wide horizons and open skies – a short, but sweet train journey!
Protected areas in Jæren
Jærstrendene is the name of the area that stretches from Tungenes in the north to Sirevåg in the south, a total length of 70 km.
The beaches of Jæren were protected as early as 1977. Since 2009, they have been included in the Jærstrendene landscape conservation area. Some parts of the beaches are also plant and bird protection areas, and some areas are part of Jæren's wetland system, protected as a wetland area of international importance.
All forms of surfing and kiting are prohibited in the protected bird areas from 1 October to 31 March. Horseback riding, biking, camping, and tenting in the sand dunes are all prohibited.
The Jæren coast is also an international Hope Spot, acknowledged by the organisation Mission Blue, which means it's a place that is critical to the health of the oceans.
Large and lively or small and private? You will have no problem finding the perfect beach at Jæren.
Ognastranden: Easily accessible by car or train. If you take the Jæren Railway, the train station is about 15 minutes from the beach. If you are travelling by car, the North Sea Road goes right through Ogna. At the beach, you'll find you'll find both a campsite with a kiosk, accessible walking paths, and several wonderful hiking trails.
Brusandstranden: This beach is connected to Ogna beach and has its own campsite with space for both motorhomes and caravans. This is a fine spot for both swimming, surfing, and fishing. You'll also find Hitlertennene ('Hitler's teeth'), a series of Nazi stone block fortifications dating from the Second World War.
Nærlandstranden and Refsnesstranden beaches are close to the Obrestad lighthouse and the Scenic Route Jæren. Refsnesstranden beach is very accessible, with paths from the carpark down to the beach, and you'll also find showers nearby.
Orrestranden is another stop along the Scenic Route, located at Klepp. Here, you'll find good parking and toilet facilities, and it's also possible to buy food and drinks at the information centre at Orre Friluftshus. This beach has also been awarded prestigious Blue Flag certification.
Borestranden is a popular spot for surfers and is located along the Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren. Here you can learn to surf, take a beginner's class in kitesurfing and spend the night near the beach. In summer, you can also rent surfing equipment and buy refreshments at the kiosk. You'll find showers and toilets near the carpark.
Hellestøstranden is a universally accessible recreational area at Sola and is the perfect place for sun-seeking people during summer. It's also the site of an annual kite festival and a popular surfing spot.
Ølbergstranden is a little sandy beach offering pleasant swimming and sunbathing during summer. It's also a great place to hike year round. Some also claim you get the very best soft serve ice cream in the area right here, at Ølbergkiosken. The beach is located southwest of Stavanger airport and near Ølberg harbour.
Vigdelstranden is a smaller beach a short distance from Ølberg. There is a path leading to the beach and toilets in the area.
Solastranden beach is shallow and therefore popular with kiters and surfers. At the north end of the beach, you'll find the Sola Strand Hotel and a golf course. The beach is also close to Stavanger airport.
Regestranden is the neighbouring beach to Solastranden. There is a large carpark and you can also spot street art in the area.
Do you want even more?
The Stavanger region offers plenty to explore.
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