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THE NORTH SEA ROUTE 2019 Travel in the footsteps of the Vikings and experience the spectacular scenery and culture along the south coast of Western Norway. A fantastic journey you can do in a day, a week or a month.







































































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Bokn. When you have passed Vestre and Austre Bokn, follow the E39 road and then turn onto the Rv47 road towards Karmøy and Haugesund. In the middle of the subsea tunnel, you follow the signs to Haugesund on the Rv47 road. We recommend a detour to Karmøy and Skudeneshavn.

WESTWARDS FROM KRISTIANSAND Follow the E39 road from Kristiansand, in the direction of Vågsbygd. Then follow the FV456 road on to Søgne, and the FV204 road that takes you back to the E39 road. Then turn towards Flekkefjord, and follow the road to the centre of Mandal. Drive on to Sånum and follow the Hogganvikveien road via Lunde until you rejoin the E39 road. Then follow the E39 road towards Stavanger. Drive to the roundabout in Vigeland where you see a copy of Lindesnes Lighthouse. Take the Rv460 road to Lindesnes Lighthouse. Drive approx. 15 km until you get to Spangereid. From here, you follow the Fv401 to Lyngdal, and then the Fv43 road to Farsund in the direction of Vanse and Lista Lighthouse. Then drive back a bit and turn up to the left and follow the Rv463 road to Vanse. Here you join the Fv43 road until you meet the Fv465 road and the sign to Åpta, where you join the E39 road which you follow to the centre of Flekkefjord. From here, you follow the Fv44 road towards Sokndal and to Egersund. Follow the Fv44 road to Vigre in Hå. There, you take the Fv507 road and follow the signs to Orre on the left. Follow the Fv510 road until you get to Bore, then the signs towards Sola. At Tjelta, turn left at the sign for Vigedal. Follow the signs to Ølberg to the left, and take the first road to the right. Drive to the T-intersection where you turn left, drive between the airport and the sea until you meet the Rv509 road and again turn left. When you reach Stavanger, follow the E39 road signs in the direction of Haugesund. You now follow the E39 road through subsea tunnels to Rennesøy and to the ferry from Mortavika that takes you to Arsvågen on

SOUTH FROM HAUGESUND Follow the F47 road from Haugesund towards Karmøy/Skudeneshavn. Follow Rv47 signs to Stavanger. We recommend a detour to Karmøy/ Skudeneshavn. Follow the E39 road through Bokn, and take the ferry from Arsvågen to Mortavika on Rennesøy. Then follow the E39 road towards Stavanger. In Stavanger, you turn right onto the Rv509 road to Sola. Turn right at Sømme towards Sola Airport and drive between the beach and airport to the next junction. Turn right here towards Ølberg and follow the signs to Tjelta, where you turn onto the Rv510 road. Turn right towards Klepp. After Bore Church, you meet the Fv507 road and turn right towards Orre. From here, you follow the Fv44 road towards Egersund and Sokndal all the way to Flekkefjord. Then follow the E39 road to Kvinesdal. Right after the bridge, turn right onto the Fv465 road in the direction of Farsund. Then follow the signs to Åpta and on to Farsund. Then follow the Fv43 road to Lyngdal. At Alleen, follow the sign to the right for Spangereid. Then you meet the Fv460, which goes to Lindesnes Lighthouse. Follow the Fv460 road eastwards to the centre of Vigeland, and join the E39 road to the east and follow the signs in the direction of Kristiansand. Follow the signs that take you to the centre of Mandal. Then take the E39 road to the east and turn right at the sign for Tregde. Follow the signs towards Valand, but turn right at Harkmark Church and follow the signs to Ålo and Lunde. You drive under the E39 road, then immediately turn right and you meet the Fv456 road. Turn right on this road and follow it all the way to Kristiansand.

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The journey along the sea. On two wheels or four. It does not matter. Imagine the opposite of monotony. Then you will know what the North Sea Route has to offer. A journey along the sea, from Kristiansand in the south to Haugesund in the north. The North Sea Route does not allow for break-neck speed, even though you can manage the whole tour in less than a day. The road is above all a holiday route for those looking for something other than speed and big trucks roaring past. The North Sea Route has many facets. On the southern coast, there is sun and sea along beaches and bare rock faces. A little further west Fedafjorden and Jøssingfjord will give you a foretaste of the steep landscape of the fjord country. Then the landscape softens again. Below the wide skies of Jæren , green meadows undulate between mile upon mile of stone fences and white sandy beaches. Lysefjorden with its amazingly steep rock sides cuts into the land east of Stavanger, and north of Boknafjorden you will come upon an open coastal landscape with outcrops and gentle grassy slopes. Here is ancient Avaldsnes – Norway’s first capital. Whether you choose to start your journey from the gentle southern coast or from the wild western Norway, there is no reason to feel bored along the North Sea Route. Something happens. All the time.


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The North Sea Route takes you to the most beautiful places along Norway’s south-west coast

5 Turistforeningshytte. Staffed hut Turistforeningshytte. Selfservice hut

Turistforeningshytte. Unstaffed hut Marked footpath

Distances Kristiansand - Mandal Mandal - Flekkefjord Flekkefjord - Sokndal Sokndal - Nærbø Nærbø - Stavanger Stavanger - Haugesund Total length

Length 57 km 154 km 37 km 73 km 57 km 75 km 453 km

Estimated driving-time 1 H 15 min 2 H 45 min 35 min 1 H 15 min 1 H 15 min 1 H 15 min


A STRING OF 14 PEARLS There is a huge variety of experiences to enjoy along the whole North Sea Route. Take a day, a week or a month. Regardless of how long your journey lasts, you can look forward to many different experiences. Here they lie, the coastal communities and towns of south-western Norway, just as they have done for hundreds of years. It sometimes seems as though time has stood still and that these small places along the coast have yet to be touched by the frantic development taking place elsewhere in the word. White wooden houses, colourful boathouses and wharfside warehouses, farms and village centres dot the whole coast. The coast of southern

Norway has a distinctive architectural style, and the coastal culture and its centuries-old traditions are still very apparent in many modern coastal communities. Fourteen selected ports of call form the itinerary for the North Sea Route. And they should fulfil most of your holiday wishes. Shopping in charming speciality shops, narrow pedestrian streets, small cafés and restaurants, distinctive hotels, natural landscapes that extend for miles and miles - along beaches, through old woodland and up to mountain tops - and

cultural landscapes, festivals, concerts, theatre and ballet. Experiences for adults and children alike await you like a string of pearls as you travel along the route. We recommend that you take your time and stop often - not least because the scenery is so unbelievably beautiful. The North Sea Route takes you on a journey that is wonderful in its diversity - a journey through an exciting area of Norway.

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The Vikings raided and pillaged between 800 and 1050 AD



They would appear suddenly and, with violence, strike terror into well-established societies that, while probably used to war, were unused to surprise tactics that were the Vikings’ trademark. The Vikings’ conquests were often carried out in stages; they would often settle somewhere and stay a few years, or a generation, before continuing their conquest. It is widely believed that this was a result of a lack of arable land at home. In Norway, it was the Vikings from Western Norway who raided most frequently. Many Vikings became really rich as a result of their pillaging. Daring battles against other Vikings or the armies of other countries brought great honor at home in Norway, which was considered just as valuable as worldly goods or gold. The Vikings possessed great physical and mental strength. They had an indomitable spirit, a hunger for victory, were technically accomplished and they demonstrated great organizational skills wherever they settled. But there was a dark side to the picture. There was bloodshed everywhere they went. The thirst for blood took hold of them when they jumped ashore from their dragon-headed ships. There are many accounts of the Viking’s bloody conquests and contempt for human life.

They were not just ruthless warriors, but also skilled traders, administrators and craftsmen in metal and wood, producing beautiful jewellery and artefacts that survive to this day. Vikings were experts in water transportation as their native fjords stretched for great distances into Norway’s heartland. The Vikings were also some of Europe’s best storytellers and the Norse sagas continue to fascinate modern audiences. THE POWERFUL WOMAN The farmer’s wife was a powerful person. She was in charge when her husband was away. This is symbolized by the fact that she was buried with the key to the farmstead. We know little about the recipes used in Viking times, but archaeological digs have provided us with some information about the ingredients Vikings used. Food “remains” and other items have been found in cooking pots and kitchen middens. We also learn something from writings from the Viking era. Vikings’ everyday diet

consisted of porridge and soups/stews. Meat was for special occasions. There are many finds and local attractions relating to the Vikings along the North Sea Route. More info: We recommend: ATTEND A VIKING FESTIVAL IN THE LAND OF THE VIKINGS! The historical venue and a Viking feast allow you to step into the lives of these ancient peoples. Visit a Viking market, join a historic march or foment rebellion, the Viking way! Tales of the Sagas, trials of strength, drama, dancing and lavish banquets are just some of the activities. More Information: ’VIKING FOR A DAY’ At Avaldsnes, you can be ’Viking for a Day’ and ’Archaeologist for a Day’, dress up and take part in activities. What was life like in the Viking Age? What can we learn about the past by studying the finds archaeologists make during their digs?



HARALDSHAUGEN Haraldshaugen, known locally as Haraldsstøtta, is Norway’s national monument. It was erected in 1872 in commemoration of Harald Fairhair uniting Norway into one kingdom. ST. OLAV’S CHURCH, KARMØY

VIRGIN MARY’S NEEDLE The Sagas warn that Doomsday will be upon us if ever the “sewing needle” touches the church wall. The clergymen of Avaldsnes - under cover of darkness - are said to have chiselled bits off the point and thus saved the world. The gap between the needle and the church wall is presently 9,2 cm.



Kiting at Solastranden / Photo Flemming Stene


Kiting along the North Sea Path all year round


THE TANG OF SALTY SEA AIR Wandering barefoot where the ocean meets the shore gives you a unique peace of mind. Along the North Sea Route, you will find one tempting beach after the other. The waves have broken on these sandy and pebble beaches since time immemorial. You will find beaches all the way up the coast from Southern Norway - with just the occasional break. Walking on the beach is like being at one with nature. The ocean gives energy and vitality. The ocean’s presence creates harmony and balance, and gives you a special peace of mind. But the ocean is also temperamental - mild like a gentle summer breeze, or angry, implacable and dangerous when wild foaming waves break far up the shore. Some of the sandy beaches you should visit:

SJØSANDEN BEACH Perhaps Norway’s most famous beach? Sjøsanden, approximately 800 metres long, lines the seaward approach to Mandal. SOLASTRANDEN BEACH Solastranden beach has been ranked as one of the best beaches in the world by Sunday Times. It is a popular destination for excursions and for swimming, and for wind and water sports. It is a 2.3-kilometre-long sandy beach with sand dunes. ÅKRASANDEN BEACH Åkrasanden beach was voted Norway›s finest beach in 2014. The beach area at Åkra actually consist of eight beaches - all with inviting white sand and clean, clear water. A nature and culture trail connects the

beaches to Ferkingstad, two to three km further south. It makes a fine walk on which you can see distinctive vegetation and exciting traces of the area›s history. Åkrasanden is famous for its flora. The area contains both species that are typical for sand dunes and some rarer flowers that only grow a few places in Norway. The bird life is also very rich at Åkrasanden beach at some times of year. Migratory birds use the area as a resting place, finding food among the seaweed on the beaches.

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Shopping, sun and swimming - almost like in Barcelona. Bystranda is a nice sandy beach with swim pier, sun deck and palm trees - ideal for children. In addition, there are separate bathing ramp for the disabled. Also a waterpark and hotel right on the beach. The beach has blue flag.



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Up close experiences

CYCLING THE NORTH SEA ROUTE! Your body has settled into a rhythm now. You are moving briskly along on tarmac or gravel roads. Through woods, over hills and through open country. You can feel the wind in your hair and smell the tang of the salty sea air. Cycling the North Sea Route is a fantastic way of exploring the southern part of Western Norway. The journey is an experience in itself and it gives you both physical and mental training. Signposted cycling routes all the way from Kristiansand to Haugesund make it possible for you to cycle to skerries and fjords, to small towns and cities - always in beautiful natural surroundings. EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES ALONG THE ROUTE
 There are loads of activities along the route. There are things to do for families, for adventurous travellers, for nature lovers and for culture enthusiasts.
Deep-sea fishing, rafting, walking, concerts, ballets and festivals, museums and swimming on long white sandy beaches are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy along the

route. Shopping in the city means you have many well-known brands to choose from, while, in the small towns, you can hunt for bargains in unique specialist shops and souvenir shops. ACCOMODATION You can stay in a lighthouse, at a historic hotel - or perhaps you would like to camp? There are lovely small hotels, B&Bs, cabins and campsites all along the North Sea Route, always in beautiful locations with scenic surroundings, or in a town centre surrounded by distinctive architecture. We recommend you to book your accommodation well in advance. RESTAURANTS Culinary delights are an important part of the total experience. There are good restaurants serving

local delicacies and international cuisine. Or you can choose a popular option among the locals - buy fresh prawns, a loaf of white bread and some mayonnaise, then find a bench to sit on where you can gaze out to sea while you enjoy your meal. All the small towns - and perhaps one in particular - have friendly cafés and restaurants, and you will also find roadside eateries that will surprise you with excellent food. A cycling trip on the North Sea Route is an adventure that can last for a couple of days, a week or a month.


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NORWAY’S MOST SPECTACULAR PICNIC AREA By the Jøssingfjord in Sokndal, you will find Norway’s most spectacular picnic area in an abandoned tunnel. Fantastic view and option to spend the night there. More information is available at JÆREN








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KRISTIANSAND TOURIST INFORMATION Rådhusgt.18, N-4611 Kristiansand Tel.: +47 38 07 50 00 Open all year,

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A holiday paradise for children! Kristiansand is the capital of Southern Norway. Simple to get to and easy to enjoy. For decades, Kristiansand has been Norwegians’ favourite holiday destination, and we are not afraid to call the town a holiday paradise for children.

EXPERIENCES Kristiansand is full of experiences for young and old alike. Its most well-known attractions are Kristiansand Zoo with the Kaptein Sabeltann pirate show, Cardamom Town and Hakkebakkeskogen forest. The town also a lovely new swimming complex, Aquarama, beside Bystranda – the beach in the middle of the town. Aquarama is a public health and wellbeing complex, which offers activities in water and on land. Høyt & Lavt climbing park has also established itself as the coolest playground in town. The town is known as Children’s Town, with lots of opportunities for great experiences!

QUAYSIDE PROMENADE Wander along the beautiful quayside promenade, past small boats in the marina with art en route. Walk to the fort and admire the view of Østre Havn. You can conclude your walk at Fiskebrygga quay in Vestre Havn, where you can buy delicious seafood, enjoy a free sample, or sit on the edge of the quay with an ice cream while boats pass through the Gravane Canal.

CULTURE The spectacular Kilden Performing Arts Centre is situated further out on the quay at Odderøya, and

it houses our foremost cultural institutions such as Kilden Opera, Agder Theatre and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. There are free concerts in the foyer every day at 13.00 (except Sundays) throughout the summer.

SEA AND LAND There are lots of nature experiences on offer in Kristiansand. Odderøya to the south-west and Baneheia in the north-east have great walking trails, lovely swimming spots and abundant nature and culture. Ravnedalen is a beautiful park, which was created by General Oscar Wergeland and it’s a great conclusion to a walk to Baneheia. Concerts are held here throughout summer, generally on Wednesdays. A boat takes you out to the islands during summer, and MS Øya will take you through the sheltered Blindleia to Lillesand. Our archipelago is a MUST.

SHOPPING Sørlandssenteret is Norway’s biggest shopping centre and is situated beside Kristiansand Zoo. There is a wide range of different shops in Kvadraturen, the town centre. Markensgata is the main area for shopping, but head up the side streets to the smaller, more unique shops which

offer personal service. The shops display good offers outdoors in summer, and ‘Handelens dag’ is held on the first Thursday of July where you can get really good bargains!

EATING OUT There are an abundance of restaurants in Kristiansand that reflect both local produce and food from all corners of the globe. In summer, it is particularly nice to sit at one of the many restaurants on Fiskebrygga quay and enjoy some delicious seafood or a pizza.

WHAT’S ON Concerts are held on Fiskebrygga quay every Tuesday throughout summer and every Thursday at Torvet square. These popular events feature great music and attract large crowds. There’s always something on in Kristiansand! Concerts, summer markets, fairs, exhibitions. Concerts, shows, sports events and lots more. Check the calendar at There’s something for everyone!

Ryvingen Lighthouse Photo: Heidi Sørvig @ Visit Sørlandet

LINDESNES REGION TOURIST INFORMATION Buen Culturehouse, Havnegata 2 N-4515 Mandal Tel.: +47 38 27 83 00.

Sjøsanden beach Photo: Peder Austrud©Visit Sørlandet

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Mandal is Norway’s southernmost town and one of the oldest in Southern Norway. The town centre features more than 700 listed white wooden buildings, set along narrow streets and alleyways. This creates the charming atmosphere that is characteristic of Southern Norway.


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SJØSANDEN Perhaps Norway’s most famous beach? Sjøsanden, approximately 800 metres long, lines the seaward approach to Mandal.

MANDAL MUSEUM, ANDORSENGÅRDEN Mandal’s town museum is situated in the stately Andorsen building from 1805. The museum has a separate shipping and fisheries exhibition, showing the development of the fisheries and fishing equipment along the Agder coast. The museum’s art collection includes works by artists such as Adolph Tidemand, Amaldus Nielsen, Olaf Isaachsen and Gustav Vigeland. The Prydhaven garden at Andorsengården has been restored and is a rare example of Southern Norway’s old Renaissance period coastal gardens.

FURULUNDEN TOWN PARK 321 acres of natural parklands within walking distance of the centre of Mandal. Suitable for wheelchair users and prams. A number of great beaches in the area, including the approx. 800-m-long Sjøsanden, Kanelstranda and the new bathing and activity park at Lillebanken. SKJERNØY Here you will find Norway’s southernmost settlement. Great walking area with waymarked trails in the lovely archipelago. URANIENBORG The town’s best viewpoint! A number of paths lead up from the town centre. Pavilion and telescope at the top. MANDAL CHURCH Norway’s largest wooden church, consecrated in 1821, seats 1,800. The church is a long church in a neo-classical / French Empire style. Close to the door, you will find the painting ‘The Resurrection of Christ’ painted by Adolph Tidemand. TOWN WALKS ON YOUR OWN At the Tourist Information Office, you can get a folder with a map of interesting places and buildings to see and visit. The folder is free and is available in

Skjærgårdsparken park, and on fine summer days, the island is an extremely popular destination for days out. Accommodation at the lighthouse during summer or by arrangement. HATHOLMEN LIGHTHGOUSE Just beyond Sjøsanden beach, Hatholmen Lighthouse marks the seaward approach to Mandal. The lighthouse was built in 1867, but has not been manned for many years. Mandal Kystlag is responsible for its upkeep and has built a splendid pier with benches and a barbeque just below the lighthouse keeper’s house. Accommodation is available in summer.


VIGELAND HUS Childhood home of the famous artists Gustav and Emanuel Vigeland. Daily guided tours of the home, graphics workshop and other activities for children, films etc.

BOAT AND BICYCLE HIRE Contact Tourist Information for the Lindesnes Region. Tel.: +47 38 27 83 00.

RISØBANK Former summer residence of Lord Salvesen from Scotland. Today, Risøbank is part of the Furulunden public recreational area, and there is a lovely beach just below it.

JUNE 27 - 29 Mandaljazz 2019, jazz festival JULY Concerts every Wednesday, and many other concerts in town AUGUST 8 - 11 Seafood Festival in Mandal.

LIGHTHOUSE HOLIDAYS RYVINGEN LIGHTHOUSE Today, large areas of Ryvingen island form part of the


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“Små hytter” / Photo: Visit Sørlandet, Hanne Feyling

FLEKKEFJORD TOURIST INFORMATION Flekkefjord cultural centre SPIRA Elvegaten 1, N-4400 Flekkefjord Tel: +47 38 32 80 81

Hollenderbyen. Phaoto: Simen Løvgren

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Summer season mid-June to mid-August, Monday – Saturday


FLEKKEFJORD Southern Norway idyll between steep mountains

EXPERIENCES VELOCIPEDE TROLLEY CYCLING ON THE OLD FLEKKEFJORD LINE Velocipede trolley cycling is one of the most popular activities in Flekkefjord among adults and children alike. The architectonic design of the railway line is impressive in itself, but visitors will also be captivated by the beautiful scenery. The railway line makes its way past lakes, fjords, mountains and villages. The bicycles are tandem and take three people. Departures twice a day all summer. Trips can also be arranged the rest of the year. Other attractions while you’re here... • Shopping • Hollenderbyen (the Dutch Town) and street art • Cafés and restaurants BRUFJELL AND THE ICONIC BRUFJELL POTHOLES The trip to Brufjellvarden cairn is a unique walk through old woodland and cultural landscape to one of the area’s best viewpoints. Lista, Hidra and large expanses of the coast lie at your feet. Walk on to the Brufjell potholes, and stop past the beautiful pebble beach Roligheten on the way back. Doing the walk on a dry day is recommended, as you have to climb along steep rocks with the aid of chains and bolts – but it’s definitely worth it! Other attractions on the route... • Brufjell potholes • Brufjellvarden cairn • Sandviga BEAUTIFUL, PICTURESQUE HIDRA Possibly the most beautiful island in the Nordic countries – just outside Flekkefjord! The island has many interesting attractions to explore: magnificent walking terrain,

fish for sale, swimming spots, arts and crafts, unique local culinary experiences, war monuments, a museum and small clusters of old, wooden buildings. In Kirkehavn, there is a little street of beautiful, small galleries and shops, where you can buy arts and crafts, household items, gifts and a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Call Tourist Information for opening times. While in Hidra, you can also... • Walk the cultural trail with magnificent views of Hågåsen • Spend the night at the Små hytter art installation • Experience coastal culture, arts and crafts and local food in Kirkehavn • Visit Fedrenes Minne museum and the idyllic clusters of wooden buildings in Rasvåg HISTORICAL HOLLENDERBYEN In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, a large number of Dutch men settled in Flekkefjord and made a living from trading oak timber, granite and lobster. There was a huge demand for these products back home, and many of the buildings in Amsterdam still contain oak and granite from Flekkefjord. The Dutch also made their mark on the town of Flekkefjord and its inhabitants. The old town of Flekkefjord, for example, goes under the name Hollenderbyen (’Dutch Town’). On the cultural trail, you gain an insight into the history and development of this area of the town. Hollenderbyen has also become a large, outdoor gallery for street art, where new ideas and old traditions come together. Every year, new national and international works and artists enrich this beautiful area. You can do the cultural trail chronologically according to the map, or at the pace and in the order you prefer. You can download a map

from www.flekkefjord or pick one up at Tourist Information. While you’re in Hollenderbyen... • Country store and café • Flekkefjord Museum

EATING OUT Flekkefjord has a wide range of restaurants serving everything from local cuisine to traditional Norwegian fare, stone-oven-baked pizza, sandwiches, bruschetta, sushi and Chinese food. You will find a complete list of the restaurants in the town at

SHOPPING Flekkefjord is perfect for shopping. There are more than 100 shops within a five-minute walk, with everything from charming specialist shops to a shopping centre. Visit

OTHER INFORMATION Visit for more information about our wide range of camper van and boat facilities, and, not least, the many swimming spots in the area. If you are cycling and would like tips on trips in the area, call Tourist Information.

WHAT’S ON Flekkefjord hosts lots of activities and festivals throughout the year for children and adults alike. A children’s festival, Norway’s oldest rock festival, various festivities, concerts, theatre productions and lots more. See what’s on at


SOGNDALSTRAND SOKNDAL TOURIST INFORMATION Gamleveien 20, N-4380 Hauge i Dalane Tel.: +47 51 47 06 00 Information can also be obtained at Joker Supermarked in Åna-Sira, Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell, YX Sokndal and Bakkaåno Camping & Gjestegard.

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The picnic area in the tunnel. Photo: Nils Jacobsen

Helleren in Jøssingfjord / Photo: Eduardo Grund /Region Stavanger

Nesvåg. Photo: Nils Jacobsen


SOKNDAL - the good life -

CITTASLOW In 2003, Sokndal was the first municipality in the Nordic countries to become a member of the International Cittaslow movement. The idea is to reduce the hustle and bustle and pace of everyday life and to make life quality and the good life a priority. There are no tourists in Sokndal, only guests. Why not visit one or more of the other Nordic Cittaslow municipalities: Facebook - Nordisk nettverk Cittaslow. Welcome to the good life!

EXPERIENCES SOKNDAL CHURCH Sokndal has a beautiful wooden church dating from 1803 with a 17thcentury pulpit and altarpiece. Guided tours by arrangement, tel.: +47 51 47 70 03. THE RUGGESTEINEN ROCKING ROCK Northern Europe’s biggest rocking rock, weighing approx. 74 tonnes, is found at Indre Åmodt. You can walk another 3 kilometres on the gravel path until you come to the abandoned Blåfjell mines. LILLE PRESTESKJÆR LIGHTHOUSE is situated out at the ocean’s edge not far from Rekefjord. You can get there by boat or on the waymarked trail from Nordfjord. The lighthouse can be hired for meetings, functions and accommodation. HELLEREN AND THE JØSSINGFJORD are other unique sites. Two old houses dating from the end of the 18th century, situated under an overhanging cliff. The Jøssingfjord is associated with the ‘Altmark/Cossack affair’ during World War II. There are many lovely, waymarked trails in the area. The building of a new museum, Jøssingfjord Vitenmuseum, is scheduled to start in 2019, If you cycle to the area, you should visit THE PICNIC AREA IN A TUNNEL on the west side of the Jøssingfjord. It is possible to spend the night in a hammock inside the tunnel. A truly unique experience!

In the idyllic fishing village NESVÅG, you will find Nesvaag maritime and engine museum, which has a collection of old boat engines, fishing equipment and maritime objects. It is possible to hire a rowing boat or go on a trip on the fishing vessel MS Sjødis. At Rossland, you can experience THE FERTILITY CULT, with its godhead, stone altar and early IronAge sacrificial vessel – approx. 2,000 years old.

SOGNDALSTRAND Sogndalstrand cultural environment was placed under a preservation order in 2005, the only town to have such status in Norway. Its wooden buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Well-being, environment and culture. Culture hotel, traditional grocery shop, gallery, salmon river, fisheries museum, sculpture pier, outdoor stone amphitheatre, ocean rafting and golf. Guest quay and modern service building. Good walking in the area. Sogndalstrand is one of the most popular destinations in Rogaland.

NATURE EXPERIENCES Unique opportunities for fishing in lakes, the sea and the Sokna salmon river. Visitors can go on fishing trips on the MS Sjødis and give ocean rafting a go with Sogndalstrand Havrafting. Modern guest quays at Rekefjord and at Sogndalstrand. Linepollen is a great spot for swimming and enjoying the great outdoors, and is only a short distance from the administrative centre of the municipality. Great walking on a range of waymarked trails, see Facebook – Opplev Sokndal. Hire a bike in Sogndalstrand and cycle around Sokndal.

Sokndal is part of the UNESCO geopark, Magma Geopark,

EATING OUT You can eat at the cafeteria and cafe at Hauge i Dalane or at the restaurant in Sogndalstrand.

SHOPPING Charming shops in Hauge i Dalane and in Sogndalstrand, offer good service and a pleasant experience.

ACCOMODATION In Sokndal, you can stay in a hotel in unique Sogndalstrand or a cabin or camper van. If you would like to spend a night in very special accomodation, you can try hammocks at the picnic spot in the Jøssingfjord tunnel.

WHAT’S ON MAY 24 - 26 Sokndalsdagene. Local festival featuring market stalls, entertainment and general hustle and bustle. JULY 27 ABBA tribute SUPERTROUPER. Fridtun. AUGUST Ladestedets Kulturdag (day of culture), Sogndalstrand Helgesprell festival – Heroes of Haua SEPTEMBER 20 – 21 Sokndal Musikkfestival featuring a range of performers 22 - 29 ‘Kjærlighedsvego’ love week in Sokndal. A range of big and small events. OCTOBER 4 Ceremony to mark Francis of Assisi’s memorial day at Fredsvarden peace monument at Myssa.



Photo: Fotohuset Egersund

Egersund offers a wide range of opportunities to experience the coast, town, forest and mountains – all on the same day! Explore a varied landscape and the charming area of wooden houses in the old town.

EGERSUND TOURIST INFORMATION Elvegaten 23, N-4370 Egersund Tel. +47 474 88 409 Open 10.00–16.00 from 1 June to 31 August.


Eigerøy lighthouse /Photo: Magma Geopark Skadbergsanden beach Photo: Multicopter Service

Trollpikken. Photo: Kjetil Bentsen

…did you know that Eigersund municipality extends over parts of Magma Geopark, which has UNESCO Global Geopark status? Experience the unique locations of the geopark in Egersund: the area of wooden houses in the town centre, Eigerøy Lighthouse, Ytstebrød, Auglend outdoor recreation area and, not least, the Trollpikken rock!

EXPERIENCES HISTORIC, WELL-PRESERVED AREA OF WOODEN HOUSES Experience at least ten different architectural styles in a charming, small town! In the town centre, you can find examples of Louis XVI, late Empire, Art Nouveau and Neoclassic styles. Enjoy some music in the church – the oldest building in the town. Join a guided tour of the town centre or explore it on your own using a brochure or an app. The following places are well worth a visit, while you are in town: - Kulturkvartalet (cultural quarter), Strandgaten and the guest marina - Hauen restaurant and the chocolate factories - Charming specialist shops, cafés and restaurants in the pedestrian street - Local wool workshop where you can make your own souvenir - Dalane Folk Museum at Slettebø and the Faiance Museum in the town centre - VR exhibitions at the Tourist Information / Magma Geopark’s premises

ACTIVITIES VIEWPOINTS AND WALKING AREAS CLOSE TO THE TOWN CENTRE The varied scenery of the Egersund area is perfect for walking and cycling. You will find great viewpoints and adapted forest paths not far from the town centre. Varberg, a mountain close to the town centre, is one of the most popular areas for short walks and offers magnificent views of the town, the seaward approach and the surrounding district. It is easy to get to the top, which means it is suitable for all age groups. You can visit the following places on foot or on a bike (bikes can be hired from Tourist Information): - Vannbassengan - Elverhøy park - The Trollpikken rock, can be combined with other destinations - Lindøy battery and Kontrari hill - Fotlandsfossen waterfall

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN EIGERØY The coastal landscape of Eigerøy and walks along the idyllic north and south sides of the sound are highly recommended. The area has outdoor recreation areas that are suitable for lots of activities, such as fishing, swimming and camping. The biggest swimming spot in the municipality is Skadbergsanden, which has a 500-metre-long shallow beach and low sand dunes. The spot has facilities for ball sports, picnics and a play area for children – perfect for the whole family! Egersund is also known for the unique rock anorthosite. Large areas of this type of rock are only found here, in Canada and on the moon! Walk to Eigerøy Lighthouse, and learn about the special history of anorthosite. The perfect place to watch the sun set in the sea. This walk is suitable for all age groups, and can be combined with a guided tour of Magma Geopark and a visit to the lighthouse! Other places you can visit: - Auglend and Vandringshavn marina - Ytstebrød - If you arrive by boat, Skarvøya and Vibberodden lighthouses are definitely worth a visit - Go on a guided fishing trip out to sea THE PERFECT DAYTRIP – THE OLD JÆREN LINE A great day trip on foot or on bike, with lots of lovely places to stop and enjoy great views. The route winds its way around between hills and rocky outcrops all the way to Hellvik, approx. 8 km. Suitable for all age groups. This trip can be combined with a walk to the summit of Launesfjellet, where you can enjoy a fantastic view of Eigerøya. Maurholen station is situated along the Old Jæren Line. Today, you can hire the station for private functions and accommodation.

SHOPPING Wide range of shops within easy reach. Shopping in Egersund is a delight to the eye both inside and outside the shops. The shops are located in narrow streets of old wooden houses, with a shopping centre practically right next door. Shopping in Egersund is known for its pleasant

atmosphere and, not least, first-rate service. Egersund also has cosy cafés, some of which have sheltered backyards and patios. There are two chocolate factories in the pedestrian street offering chocolate temptations and sweet experiences. A shopping centre and the historical Faiance Museum are also within walking distance. The museum is housed in the premises of the former Egersund Fayancefabrik factory. Expect something special when you visit the centre of Egersund!

WHAT’S ON 25 - 27 APRIL Historiske bydager (historical town days) We plan to step back in time with a wide range of activities. 13 - 15 JUNE At Dalane Bluesfestival, you can hear local, national and international acts fill the town with music over three days. 27 JUNE - 7 JULY Egersundsugå is a week with lots of fun activities for children and adults alike, including a fisheries day, water activity day and a children’s day. 4 - 7 JULY Egersund Folk Festival offers a great summer atmosphere in the small town. Concerts are held into the early hours on stages, in alleyways and on the quay. 5 OCTOBER Animals, food and fun activities are in focus during the Høstmarken autumn market in the centre of Egersund. 18 OCTOBER Kulturnatt culture night concerts, art exhibitions and activities dotted around the town centre. 5 - 8 AND 12 - 15DECEMBER The Christmas Town – a cosy atmosphere among small wooden houses with festive smells, flavours and sounds that will get you in the Christmas spirit. Held annually over two weekends (Thursday to Sunday) in December. For more information about places to eat and accommodation, see and Information about other trips, maps and brochures are available from the Tourist Information at Magma Geopark, Elvegaten 23.


Vitengarden Science centre

HÅ TOURIST INFORMATION Hå Folkebibliotek, Main library, P.O. box 174, N-4367 Nærbø Tel. +47 51 43 40 11 / +47 51 43 40 12, E-mail: Open: Mon.-Thur. 10-19, Fri. 10-15, Sat. 10-14. 18.6-20.8: Mon.-Thurs. 12-18, Fri. 12-15, Sat. closed

Hå old vicarage Photo: Elisabeth Tønnesen

Obrestad Lighthouse. ©Photo: Roger Ellingsen / Statens vegvesen


Do as the Jæren artists, come to Jæren and Hå to experience the magnificent scenery with huge skies, long beaches, flat fields and high grassy hills. Great walking terrain, a variety of cultural monuments, museums and contemporary art.

EXPERIENCES HÅ OLD VICARAGE is an art and culture institution out at the ocean’s edge. It offers a varied and exciting programme of exhibitions by contemporary Norwegian and international artists. The art shop sells a wide range of paintings, ceramics, glass objects, jewellery and clothes. The book shop sells interesting art, art history and local history books. Our café makes tasty food based on ingredients from the local Matfatet Jæren network. The vicarage dates from the 17th century. The oldest building that still stands dates from 1785. However, the vicarage’s history goes back much further, and traces have been found of a 8,200-year-old settlement. Hå burial ground is one of the finest burial grounds in the Nordic countries and dates from around 500 AD. Kongevegen (the King’s Road) passes the vicarage, and you can walk this route along the ocean in all types of weather. The vicarage is open daily all year. See our website for information about opening hours and what’s on with respect to exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events etc. JÆRMUSEET VITENGARDEN SCIENCE FARM Vitengarden science farm is situated in the heart of the Jæren area’s agricultural belt, and it is a combined science centre and museum, which has been crowned with accolades such as ‘Museum of the year in Norway’ and ‘Best museum for children’. You can experience, take part in and explore exciting interactive indoor and outdoor exhibitions about the history of Jæren. The science centre also has a petting farm with lots of animals and hay for children to jump in.

GRØDALAND Combine a walk along Kongevegen (the King’s Road) with a visit to Grødaland, where you will find one of the best-preserved farm clusters in Rogaland, with great views of the sea. A visit to 18th and 19th century buildings typical of the Jæren region will give you an insight into how people lived and made a living in Jæren.

LIGHTHOUSE HOLIDAYS KVASSHEIM LIGHTHOUSE The lighthouse station is located right beside the North Sea Route and serves as a ’Window to the Ocean’. You can come in for shelter and to admire the view. You can bring a packed lunch with you or you can buy home-baking, coffee, fizzy drinks and ice cream in the café. It is a fantastic starting point for coastal walks. Exhibition: The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, the Elias boat (from a children’s TV series). The County Governor, the Jærstrendene landscape protection area. OBRESTAD LIGHTHOUSE is situated in an elevated position out at the ocean’s edge. The lighthouse building was completed in 1873. The lighthouse was automated in 1982, and there has been no lighthouse staff there since 1991. The lighthouse is now a cultural history museum. This is the place for those who would like to stay in unique accommodation with views of the open sea. Accommodation is available all year. There is an art exhibition in the lighthouse building during the summer holiday. For opening times and accommodation prices, see

CULTURE VÅLAND MUSEUM Private museum five kilometres east of Nærbø, overlooking the Jæren landscape and the sea. The nineteenth-century Jærenstyle houses form a living museum. Simple food is available in the old bakehouse. A ‘Gråtass’ old-fashioned tractor, carriage, cart, plough and old farm implements on display in the outbuilding. Open 1 May–30 Sept.: Sun. 13-17, or by arrangement OGNA CHURCH The medieval walls dating from 1250 are the main elements of this restored church, consecrated 5 June 1995. VARHAUG OLD CHURCHYARD The chapel is open on Sundays 1 April-7 November.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES NÆRBØPARKEN BIRD SANCTUARY Open all year. A new building has been erected in the park for exhibitions. Open: 1 May-1 Oct. Sat./Sun. 12-17, or by arrangement, contact: Motland School, tel.: +47 51 79 83 80. To let, contact: post.motland. WALKING AREAS Kongevegen trail, 10 km. The Western Norway Trunk Road Ogna - Hellvik. Unused road in undulating mountain terrain. Cycling standard. 7 km. SWIMMING Beaches at Ogna, Brusand and Refsnes.

WHAT’S ON Hå municipality offers fantastic scenery, great food and a comprehensive programme of events. For more information, see:,,

Midgardsormen bridge across Frøylandsvatnet lake Photo: Reidar Hebnes Jærstrendene beaches

Photo: Helge Stikbakke / Statens vegvesenl

KLEPP TOURIST INFORMATION City Hall, Solavn. 1, P.O.Box 25, N-4358 Kleppe. If you are visiting Klepp and would like information about attractions, activities and places to visit etc., you can go the library or the information desk at the town hall (ground floor). Tel. +47 51 42 98 00 / +47 51 42 98 70 Open Mon - Thurs 07.30 - 18.00, Fri. 07.30 - 15.00



Experience the undulating landscape of Jæren with its lush agricultural land and beautiful sandy beaches.

EXPERIENCES ALONG THE NORTH SEA ROUTE – NORWEGIAN SCENIC ROUTE, JÆREN Go for a walk on the sandy beaches and experience the exciting and changing scenery – whatever the weather. The Norwegian Scenic Route follows the FV 507 road through Klepp. Tourist route attractions at the beaches Orrestranda and Borestranda. ORRE RECREATION CENTRE is located at Orrestranda beach. The building has a unique design, and houses an information centre for outdoor recreation and nature conservation, and a kiosk. Orrestranda, Norway’s longest sandy beach, is situated nearby. Orrestranda became a certified Blue Flag beach in 2017, which is a guarantee of the quality of the water. Here you may be tempted to have a swim although the temperature of the sea can be low. Further north along the North Sea Route (FV 507), you come to Borestranda, a lovely sandy beach which is popular all year round. There is a car park, toilets and a kiosk at the beach, and it is ideal for water sports. Work on a Scenic Route facility will start in 2018. SURFING IN JÆREN The coast of Jæren is a very popular spot for surfing, kiting etc. The most popular surfing spots are the areas north of Reve harbour and Borestranda in particular. It is also possible to hire equipment and take part in a course at Borestranda. OLD ORRE CHURCH is situated by the Orre river and the Fv507 road. The church is the oldest building in Klepp and was built in the middle of the 13th century.

AT FRØYLANDSVATNET LAKE situated in the area between the municipalities of Klepp and Time. A 6-km walking trail has been developed between Orstad and Sandtangen, but it is also possible to walk or cycle around the whole lake. The Midgardsormen bridge is also a feature with its unique design, and winds its way 230 metres across Frøylandsvatnet lake. The bridge goes from Lalandsholmen on the Klepp side to Njåskogen. The lake’s rich birdlife has been taken into consideration in the location and building of the bridge. The trail from Orstad to Sandtangen is illuminated. The vegetation around the lake is lush, and there are opportunities for fishing. According to legend, Olav Tryggvason (born 963) is said to have been born on Lalandsholmen, an islet in Frøylandsvatnet lake. Olav Tryggvason was the Viking King of Norway from 995 to 1000. TINGHAUG - KROSSHAUG - DYSJANE is one of Norway’s most important areas of historical monuments and it is an old assembly site. It is also the highest point on Klepp, at 102 metres, with lovely views across Jæren. Access via the old postal road.

KLEPPE There is a monument to the well-known poet from Klepp, Åse-Marie Nesse (1934-2001), in Kleppe. The monument is in granite and was created by artist Marit Lyckander. It has a lovely location looking west from Klepp Church. The monument is called ‘En plass for poesi’ (a place for poetry). KLEPPELUNDEN is a lush and sheltered park/ nature area. There is an illuminated trail in the

area. A 3-km section of the trail crosses Håland with a viewpoint at Hålandsfjellet. Connection to Kleppevarden, the municipality’s millennium site. There are magnificent views across Jæren from both Hålandsfjellet and Kleppevarden.

SHOPPING AND RESTAURANTS The best shopping options are to be found in Kleppe. Busy centre with specialist shops and restaurants. The shopping centre Jærhagen has all the shops you need, and will be extending its premises in 2018. Ice rink at the centre, open from Nov. to March, free entry.

FISHING Figgjoelva river: Salmon and sea trout. Season: 15.6 - 20.9. Several private landowners. Fishing permit required. Frøylandsvatnet: Free fishing at several spots. See signs for more information. Sea fishing: fishing from land except at the mouth of the Figgjo- and Orreelva river.

WHAT’S ON Concert every full moon night in 2019 at 20.00. Most concerts will be held at Orre outdoor centre (Friluftshuset). 7 - 9 September, Klepp24 festival. See local press or for details.


Sola ruinkyrkje church / Photo: Arnt N. Mehus

SOLA TOURIST INFORMATION Service desk, Sola municipality Kanalsletta 3, N-4033 Stavanger Tel.: +47 51 65 33 00 Open Mon. - Fri. 08.00 - 15.30

Myklebust seawater pool Photo: Morten E. Hansen

Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/




Large sand dunes and long sandy beaches. This is a very popular area for swimming and hanging out on fine summer days. Or maybe you would prefer to wrap up and feel the wrath of the weather gods on a stormy winter day.

EXPERIENCES FLYHISTORISK MUSEUM (aviation museum) The museum provides a unique insight into Norwegian aviation history from World War II and up to the present. The museum is open on Sundays and otherwise by arrangement. Flyplassvegen 131 Hangaren, Sola Sjø, tel.: +47 51 97 94 20, ROGALAND WAR HISTORY MUSEUM Sola was a strategic hub during the war because of the airport. The museum has a variety of exhibits linked to life during the war. The museum is open by arrangement. A new exhibition will open in the Torpedo Workshop beside the Museum of Aviation History in 2018. Tel.: +47 51 65 09 90. COASTAL CULTURE COLLECTION IN TANANGER The collection provides an insight into the history of Tananger and what life was like there in days of yore. It includes around 20 different boats from the 19th century, and objects linked to life on the sea and by the coast. The collection is housed in Melingsjøhuset, one of the oldest buildings in the municipality. It is situated in an idyllic location by the harbour, where there is a cafe where you can enjoy a waffle or pancake with a cup of coffee. The collection is open on Sundays from May to September, except June. Otherwise open by arrangement. Melingsiden 21, Tananger, tel.: +47 51 69 81 01, SOLA RUIN CHURCH was built on the ruins of a Medieval church dating from around 1120. The church was in use until around 1842, and later served as the home of artist Johan Jacob Bennetter (1822-1904) who lived there with his family from

1881 until his death in 1904. Much of the building was demolished during the war. The church was subsequently rebuilt, and its restoration was complete in 1995. Open by arrangement with Sola culture department. Bautavegen, Sola. Tel.: +47 51 65 33 60. ERLING AND ASTRID STANDING STONES Situated beside Sola Ruin Church, a standing stone was erected in 1934 in memory of Erling Skjalgsson (975-1028 AD). Erling Skjalgsson was the first person from Sola to be mentioned in written sources. The three words ‘arbeid, truskap og fridom’ (work, loyalty and freedom) have been carved into the stone to highlight Erling Skjalgsson’s values. A similar monument was erected in 2016 in memory of his wife Astrid Tryggvesdotter, sister of Olav Tryggvason. THE BATTLE OF HAFRSFJORD According to Snorre, the Battle of Hafrsfjord took place in 872 AD, probably outside Ytraberget in Sola municipality. There is a trail from Sørnesvågen out to the headland at Ytraberget, where there is also a hill fort.

BEACHES AND SWIMMING SPOTS Mile upon mile of beautiful, long sandy beaches and large sand dunes await you in Sola. The terrain is perfect for walks – in summer and winter alike. Whether you want to swim, sunbathe, surf or perhaps feel the force of nature on a stormy winter day, the beaches are very popular all year round. Most are easy to find and have their own car park.

WALKS Sola offers many beautiful walking areas. See sola. or for more information.

OTHER ACTIVITIES Sola has a rich outdoor recreation and cultural scene, with good sports and recreation facilities. There are golf courses, motorsport tracks, outdoor fitness facilities, skateboard parks, football pitches, baseball fields and lots more. See for more information.

EATING OUT Sola has a wide and excellent range of cafés and restaurants etc. We also recommend a visit to Sola Smaksfest festival, which is held every September, to experience the area’s local food culture.

SHOPPING Great shopping opportunities in Tananger, the centre of Sola and at Forus, everything from small specialist shops to large shopping centres.

WHAT’S ON A number of festivals, concerts and other cultural events are held in Sola each year. See for information or follow us on Facebook

Tungenes lighthouse Photo: Ove Sveinung Tennfjord


Vistnestunet farm museum Photo: Vestfoto

Photo: Ida Kristin Vollum (Vestfoto)

RANDABERG TOURIST INFORMATION Service desk Tel.: +47 51 41 41 00 Open: weekdays 08.00 - 15.30 E-mail:



Welcome to ‘the green village’ on the northern tip of Jæren, where the land, sky and sea meet. You can wander around the market, enjoy the white sandy beaches or go for a walk in the exciting cultural landscape along the coast.

EXPERIENCES Randaberg is one of the few places in Norway that calls itself a village. This designation is very suitable as it is Norway’s smallest mainland municipality in terms of area. Everyone lives within a short distance of the centre, where you will find everything a village should have of specialist shops, pleasant cafés and a varied cultural programme. And, naturally, there a charming market in the middle of the village. The fantastic coastline around the Randaberg peninsula is not far from the centre. Here, you can experience white sandy beaches, smooth, bare rocks and a beautiful cultural landscape of coastal heathland and a latticework of drystone walls that are typical of the region. A drive or walk in Randaberg is a good option if you need a break from city life. TUNGENES LIGHTHOUSE One of the region’s most unique destinations is situated on the northern tip of Jæren. The lighthouses along Norway’s extensive coastline have a unique appeal. Tungenes Lighthouse is one of the lighthouses that is easiest to get to in the region. Its history dates back to 1828, and it has a great vantage point of the approach to Stavanger. Magnificent nature experiences await whatever the weather or time of year. Tungenes Lighthouse is now a listed building, and is run as a museum. It is an important cultural arena in the region, and hosts exhibitions and concerts, and has a café, which serves delicious cakes, among other things. For more information about opening hours, exhibitions and events, see VISTNESTUNET FARM MUSEUM Traditional Jærenstyle buildings are the region’s most important contribution to Norwegian building customs and

architectural history. One of these buildings is located at Vistnestunet, which is one of our best-preserved farm clusters and dates from the late 19th century. There are domestic animals at the farm, which show what animal husbandry and farming was like in the olden days. Vistnestunet is also the starting point for a lovely walk through the protected area of landscape along the sea to Tungenes in the north. Vistestranden beach and the functionalist building Viste Strandhotell are also a short walk in the opposite direction.

centre recently opened there. Seventy-three metres is not much by Norwegian standards. However, this ‘mountains’ stands out in the landscape and provides great views of the flat Jæren landscape and up the fjords towards the Ryfylke mountains.

VISTEHOLA (SVARTHOLA), VISTE Vistehola is probably the best-known cultural monument in Randaberg. Both young and old alike are fascinated by the site, which is one of the oldest stone-age settlements in Norway, with a history dating all the way back to 6,500 BC . It is therefore a national cultural monument and tourist destination. The stone-age boy ‘Vistegutten’ was found here, and his is the best-preserved stone-age skeleton ever found in Norway. It is on exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger.


WALKS BØRAUNEN The sloping boulder beach at Børaunen is considered one of the biggest of its kind in Northern Europe. This unique area of wetlands is worthy of preservation with respect to geology, birdlife, fauna and cultural history. There are also large, German command bunkers from World War II in the area. RANDABERGFJELLET There are many physical traces of World War II in Randaberg. Randabergfjellet was one of the most important places along the coast of Jæren. This is where the Germans established their battle headquarters for the coastal artillery. Today, Randabergfjellet is a popular area for walks, and an outdoor recreation

Trail around HÅLANDSVATNET LAKE There is a good 7.5 km gravel path around the lake, making it perfect for cycling, jogging and walking. A swimming spot has also been adapted for wheelchair users.

From Mekjarvik harbour, you can take a ferry to the little island community of Kvitsøy. The trip itself is in beautiful fjord landscape, past Tungenes Lighthouse and out to one of Norway’s smallest municipalities.

WHAT’S ON APRIL 27 Vårmarken (spring market) 28 Vistnestunet opens for the season SEPTEMBER 28 Høstmarken (autumn market) 29 Tractor and threshing day, Vistnestunet OCTOBER 16 Landsbykonferansen conference in Randaberg NOVEMBER 24 Christmas at Vistnestunet At, you will find the cultural programme for Varen Randaberg cultural centre and Tungenes Lighthouse.

OTHER INFORMATION See and, for more information about exciting things you can do in Randaberg.

28 shopping Øvre Holmegate. Photo: Liv Kristina Jehl / regionstavanger

STAVANGER TOURIST INFORMATION Strandkaien 61, N-4005 Stavanger Tel: +47 51 85 92 00

Domkirken Cathedral Photo: Terje Rakke/Region Stavanger

Photo: Jiri Havran

1. June – 31. Aug: Every day 8 - 18 Rest of the year: Mon. – Fri 9 - 16 Saturdays May and Sept. – medio Oct. 9 - 14 Closed on Sundays Closed on public holidays, during Easter and the period between Christmas and New Year.



In Stavanger, everything is within easy reach: Culinary experiences, colourful culture, medieval streets with a vibrant city life, world-famous street art, Northern Europe’s best-preserved collection of old wooden houses – and magnificent scenery right around the corner.

EXPERIENCES FOOD CAPITAL Interested in challenging your taste buds? Food capital Stavanger has a lot to offer. You can find everything from food trucks and microbreweries to food festivals and Michelin restaurants. Trendy cafés attract latte drinkers, while local seafood, lamb, vegetables and fruit from our local producers make their way to the wide range of restaurants in the city. Two of them, RE-NAA and Sabi Omakase, can boast a Michelin star. You have to book a table well in advance at these restaurants. THE BIGGEST FOOD FESTIVAL IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES Around 30 festivals are held in Stavanger and the surrounding area every year. The legendary Gladmat food festival is held in the harbour area, Vågen, and attracts more than 200,000 visitors at the end of July, while Østre bydel hosts its own food festival Den Spiselige Byfest at the same time. Finnøy produces 40% of all Norwegian tomatoes, and is thus the natural venue for a tomato festival in August. There is also a special festival for beer nerds in October – What’s Brewing – at Tou Scene. BEAUTIFUL NATURE AND COLOURFUL CULTURE A visit to the beautiful Lysefjord is a must when you visit Stavanger. The fjord can be enjoyed in a number of ways – from a fjord cruise, ferry, RIB boat, sailing boat, fishing vessel, helicopter or luxury yacht. Another popular activity is walking to the world-famous Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), the distinctive cliff towering 604 metres above the Lysefjord. The Kjerag Bolt is another attraction that is becoming more and more popular, and

although the walk there is physically challenging, the special rock bolt that is wedged in a crack in the rock 1,000 metres above the sea is an attraction that is becoming more widely known. Stavanger has everything you can expect of a modern city – lots of shopping options and a trendy café scene. Stavanger has a rich cultural scene, and was a European City of Culture in 2008, which bears witness to the range of cultural activities in the city. STREET ART CITY Stavanger and the surrounding area have cemented their position as a street art destination. The Nuart Festival has been held in Stavanger for a number of years. The festival stimulates debate by challenging preconceptions about what art is and, perhaps more importantly, about what art can be. The festival has received a lot of attention here in Norway and from abroad. Visitors to the region gain a magnificent, oncein-a-lifetime visual experience. The artworks are situated across the region. OLD STAVANGER Fascinating cultural history in Northern Europe’s best-preserved collection of old wooden houses in Old Stavanger on the west side of Vågen. The area is made up of 173 wooden houses that were built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Old Stavanger is not, however, the only area of wooden houses. There are around 8,000 wooden buildings in Stavanger in all kinds of styles, ranging from Empire to Art Nouveau and Functionalism. The wooden buildings mainly date from pre-war Stavanger, but the Old Stavanger area is often highlighted as being representative of all the wooden houses in the city. The residents of these areas are proud of their houses and gardens, and

most of the houses are decorated with beautiful flowers and have well-kept gardens in summer. Most of them are small and are painted white. NORWEGIAN PETROLEUM MUSEUM A fantastic architectural landmark in Stavanger, where the architecture is a scenographic interpretation of the Norwegian bedrock, the open coastal landscape and offshore oil installations. No building in Norway so clearly symbolises its function as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The exhibitions at the museum show how oil and gas are produced, and what the resources are used for – www. MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY Cultural and natural history through 15,000 years. Do you want to learn about the treasures the Vikings brought home to Norway? About the beautiful jewellery goldsmiths could make in the 6th century? Do you want to stand face to face with the 8,200-year-old skeleton from Vistehola? You can travel thousands of years back in time at the Museum of Archaeology. Learn about how people lived in Rogaland in prehistoric times through exhibitions, guided tours, play and activities. Museum shop and organic café. BROKEN COLUMN Stavanger has a unique sculptural project designed by the British sculptor Antony Gormley. Broken Column consists of 23 cast iron figures placed to give the appearance of an imaginary column from Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts to Stavanger harbour. ØVRE HOLMEGATE Norway’s most colourful street. All the houses are painted in different colours in

accordance with a colour scheme created by the artist Craig Flannagan. The street is home to many exciting shops and cafés. FJORD CRUISE WITH RØDNE FJORD CRUISE See idyllic islands, the beautiful Lysefjord and the majestic Pulpit Rock all year round. The boat has a kiosk with souvenirs, and guiding is provided in several languages. Skagenkaien 35-37. Tel. +47 51 89 52 70. SIGHTSEEING TO THE LYSEFJORD WITH NORLED See idyllic islands, the beautiful Lysefjord and the majestic Pulpit Rock. Børehaugen 1. Tel. +47 51 86 87 00. THE FJORDS Sightseeing by tourist car ferry on the Lysefjord. See the majestic Lysefjord from the deck of the tourist car ferry that takes you all the way up the fjord. Tlf. 57 63 14 00. EXPERIENCE THE LYSEFJORD IN A RIB BOAT Fjord Events, tel. (+47) 913 59 132. STAVANGER CATHEDRAL The only Norwegian cathedral from the Middle Ages that has retained its original architecture, and the only one that has been in continuous use since the 14th century. According to legend, the cathedral was built in 1125 when Sigurd the Crusader made Stavanger a cathedral city. Bishop Reinald of Winchester was responsible for its construction, and the cathedral was built in the Anglo-Norman style, probably by English craftsmen. The patron saint of the cathedral is Saint Swithin, and his arm is said to have been one of the cathedral’s original relics.

MUSEUM STAVANGER The Norwegian Canning Museum, Øvre Strandgate 88 & 90. A living museum in an old canning factory in the heart of Old Stavanger. Stavanger Art Museum, Henrik Ibsens gate 55. Changing exhibitions of Norwegian and international art. Stavanger maritime museum,

Strandkaien 22. The museum has exhibitions about shipping, trade and shipbuilding in the region. Stavanger Museum and the Norwegian Children’s Museum Muségata 16. The museum houses natural history and cultural history exhibitions and the Norwegian Children’s Museum. The museum also has a museum shop and a café. Ledaal, Eiganesv. 45. Royal residence and the former summer residence of the Kielland family. Breidablikk, Eiganesv. 40a. Norway’s bestpreserved villa dating from the 1880s, complete with authentic interior. Utstein Monastery, Mosterøy. Norway’s only preserved medieval monastery. See for opening hours. Tel. +47 51 84 27 00. SØLVBERGET, STAVANGER CULTURAL CENTRE AND LIBRARY is the city and region’s cultural hub and main arena. Sølvberget is where knowledge, experience and understanding meet. Sølvberget also houses the cinema Kino 1, Renaa Restauranter, a cultural workshop for children, Café Diem and a Narvesen kiosk. Sølvberggaten 2. Tel.: (+47) 51 50 74 65. BLÅ PROMENADE (BLUE PROMENADE) Blå promenade is a four-kilometre continuous path from Badedammen pond in the east to Bjergstedparken park in the west. This urban trail is made up of flat paving stones, inset with blue lights along the edge of the quay. STAVANGER CONCERT HALL always has an exciting variety of cultural and entertainment events on offer. You can, among other things, enjoy memorable performances by Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Sandvigå 1. Tel. +47 51537000. SWORDS IN ROCK Three majestic swords planted in the rock in memory of King Harald Fairhair who united Norway into one kingdom in 872. The monument, created by Fritz Røed, symbolises peace, unity and freedom. The swords’ handles are modelled on swords that have been found in

Swords on Rock / Photo: ©Fritz Røed/BONO 2019


NuArt. Photo: regionstavanger

Photo: Terje Rakke / nordic life / regionstavanger

The Pulpit Rock towards Lysebotn. Photo: Terje Rakke


different parts of Norway. There are lovely walking trails and bathing spots in the area, and a kiosk that sells ice cream during summer. JERNALDERGARDEN, IRON AGE FARM Reconstructed farm buildings from the early Iron Age. The only such buildings in Norway to be built on top of Iron Age ruins. Guided tours and demonstration of handicraft techniques. Open, mid-May to end of Sept., every Sun. 11–16. Mid-June to midAugust: every day 11–16. FLOR & FJÆRE Exotic garden and restaurant on the island of Sør-Hidle in Ryfylke – 20 minutes by boat from Stavanger. Experience tropical palm trees and beautiful flowers set in Ryfylke’s magnificent scenery. The restaurant serves international cuisine. Sør-Hidle. Tel. +47 51 11 00 00.

WHAT’S ON APRIL 7 The 12 Tenors 12 Manowar 20 – 27 Curling World Championships, Sørmarka Arena 27 Siddisløpet race MAY 6 - 11 Mai:Jazz 24 – 26 Hammer Stavanger cycling event 2019 JUNE 1 Musikkfest festival 3.-15. Altibox Norway Chess 2019 8. Bon Jovi 14 - 15 Mablis music festival JULY 24 - 27 Gladmat food festival AUGUST 6 - 11 International Chamber Music Festival 23 - 24 Stavanger Utopia SEPTEMBER 12 - 15 Norwegian Organ Festival 18 – 22 Kapittel 19 (literature festival) NOVEMBER 2 3-Sjøersløpet race 2 Siddis Brass (band competition)

FjøløyL ighthouse. Photo: Monica Larsen

Photo: Monica Larsen/

Sailing by Fjordbris Hotell. Photo: Monica Larsen




Visit Norway’s oldest Medieval monastery, experience the ‘green islands’ and the varied fjord landscape.

EXPERIENCES UTSTEIN MONASTERY Utstein Monastery was a royal estate during the Viking Age and a monastery from the Middle Ages onwards. It later became an official residence. Utstein Monastery is Norway’s only preserved Medieval monastery, situated in beautiful surroundings at Klosterøy in Rennesøy municipality. The church at the monastery is the only one of its kind in Norway, with the tower placed midway between the chancel and the main body of the church. The monastery is a real gem with an exciting history that make it well worth a visit. FJØLØY FORT AND FJØLØY LIGHTHOUSE Fjøløy Fort was built by the Germans during World War II, and was later used as a coastal fort to protect Norway from attack. The area around Fjøløy Fort is one of the region’s newest and most exciting outdoor recreation areas. Out here by the Kvitsøyfjord, visitors can experience Norwegian war and post-war history combined with authentic nature experiences. The previously closed military area was taken over by the municipality in 2011. A culture and outdoor recreation area has since been developed in the area, with a universal design trail and toilet facilities. CULTURAL LANDSCAPE Rennesøy comprises eight inhabited islands that are connected to the mainland by undersea tunnels. The cultural landscape has been formed over the course of thousands of years. The climate is maritime, mild and wet. The islands in this area

are green most of the year. There is rich fauna in the area. Many types of bird species and fish have been registered in particular. There are two nature reserves, Bjergavatn and Førsvollvatn, which both have a rich birdlife. There are traces of settlements in Rennesøy that are believed to be the oldest in Norway, and it also has the highest density of cultural monuments. Burial mounds, rock carvings, hills fort ruins, Viking boathouses and standing stones, and the Medieval church at Sørbø as well as the unique Utstein Monastery.

WALKS Everywhere you go, the landscape is shaped by its long and rich agricultural history. The many livestock that have grazed here have formed a green and almost park-like cultural landscape. Waymarked trails are found all over the municipality. The eight islands provide wonderful opportunities for boating enthusiasts, nature lovers and those interested in culture and history. The long coastline also provides good opportunities for fishing – from a boat and on land. There is a cultural trail on the island Bru, where walkers can experience art and nature. If you would like to do a more invigorating walk, we recommend walking up Rennesøyhodnet, Pilå and Mastravarden. From these hilltops, you can see, among other things, the other islands that make up the fjord landscape, Stavanger, Jæren, Kvitsøy and the North Sea. There are lovely swimming spots, small areas of woodland, islets and smooth bare rocks along the

shore. Small local harbours and large marinas, anchorages and guest marinas with facilities.

ACCOMODATION Accommodation is available out at the ocean’s edge several places in Rennesøy. There are lovely hotels, Bed & Breakfast establishments, apartments and a campsite with spaces for camper vans. You can hire a boat, fish, sail or, if you prefer, go for a swim. There are many lovely family-friendly swimming spots. There are also lots of great options for those who want a peaceful and enjoyable time cycling the old local roads.

PRACTICAL INFO Vikevåg is the administrative centre of the municipality, where there is a post office, chemist, culture centre and shops. There are also shops in the villages Askje on Mosterøy and Østhusvik on Rennesøy. Guest marinas, swimming spots and recreation areas are marked on the map. There are also lots of lovely natural swimming spots. Several of the trails are perfect for those looking for lovely views and great scenery.

WHAT’S ON MARS 27 - 31 Kulturuka (culture week) AUGUST 31 Rennesøydagen Day Concerts at Utstein Monastery, all year. Rennesøy cultural centre, all year. Rennesøydagen Day 2017, 26 August. Complete list at

Sunnalandsstraumen Canal Photo: Nordsjøvegen



Klepp Fort Photo: Vestfoto

Photo: Tom-Inge Aksdal

BOKN TOURIST INFORMATION Bokn service desk. Bokn, N-5561 Bokn Open: weekdays: 8.30-15.00 Tel.: +47 52 75 25 00 E-mail:


The island kingdom of Bokn consists of three inhabited islands and many, small uninhabited islands. Three long bridges connect the island community to the mainland in the north, and the ferry connects Bokn to the Stavanger region in the south. Bokn has been an important place throughout the ages and its name means landmark used by seafarers.

EXPERIENCES BOKN CHURCH Bokn was established as a separate church parish with its own church and priest as early as the 12th century. The first Lutheran minister was assigned to Bokn, together with Skudenes, Ferkingstad and Åkra, in 1560. The first church was a stave church, which stood close to where the present church now stands, but it was replaced in 1686 by a wooden church. The present church was completed in 1847, three years before Bokn became a separate municipality. The church was designed by the architect Hans Linstow, who also designed the Royal Palace in Oslo. MEMORIAL STONE, ASBJØRN KLOSTER A memorial stone stands a stone’s throw east of Bokn Church, in memory of the founder of the modern temperance movement in Norway, Asbjørn Kloster (1823). The stone was erected in 1923 - on what would have been his 100th birthday. THE SUNNALANDSSTRAUMEN CANAL The canal that passes through Sunnaland to Karmsundet opened in 1876. This meant small vessels could avoid the exposed area of Loden when they were travelling between the sounds Karmsundet and Boknasundet. BOKN RURAL MUSEUM The building was erected in 1908 by the Christian youth and temperance association in the community. The museum tells the history of the local youth and temperance association that was active here from 1908. The approx. 4,000 exhibits provide a good impression of what Bokn was like in bygone days.

You can walk through an old kitchen, parlour and bedroom. There is also an old-fashioned shoemaker’s workshop, a schoolroom, and a fishing and agricultural department. BRONZE AGE BURIAL MOUND The burial mound by Boknasundet sound dates back to the early Bronze Age 1750-1100 B.C. In 1923, a gold buckle was found that probably originates from the burial mound. The original, in the characteristic Borre style of the Viking Age, is on display at the Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger, and dates back to the 10th century. SMOKEHOUSE AT LAUPLAND The Bygdeveien road from Vatnaland to Are crosses the farm cluster at Laupland with its three generations of dwelling houses: One dating from the 16th century, one from the mid-1700s and one from the mid-1800s. Enter the smokehouse and soak up the shadowy, mysterious atmosphere of the Medieval building’s almost 500-year-old, smoke-laden walls. It has no windows and a stone floor, and is probably the oldest, secular wooden building in Haugalandet. Gamle Rasmus, probably the first crofter at Laupland after the Black Death, built the house with an open hearth in the middle of the floor and an opening in the roof for the smoke to escape through. It has now been rebuilt as a bake house with a fireplace and has been moved slightly away from the old farm cluster. SWIMMING Ognahabn Ognøy, signposted bathing spot by the E39 road, Friluftsrådet Vest. Nordre Vågholmen ‘Hummerparken’, Austre Bokn - only accessible by boat. Alvestadkroken by Boknasundet sound between Føresvik and

Alvestadkroken. Community facility with sandy bottom, benches, barbecue, sand volleyball and football pitch. Føresvik Harbour bathing spot with sandy bottom in the centre of Føresvik. WALKING AREAS Mount Boknafjellet 294 metres, a fantastic experience with views across the whole of Haugalandet! KLEPP FORT German fort from World War II at the headland near Klepp in Loden. The remains of old bunkers, ammunition stores, trenches, the remains of canon posts, field hospital, barracks for officers and men, pigsty and checkpoint by the road. Together with Fjøløy Fort in the south and the fort at Skudeneshavn in the west, the Germans could block the approach to the Boknafjord and Karmsundet sound. The area is sign posted and easily accessible on foot and by bike. A carriage road in the outlying land makes for easy walking in the area. BOKNAHÅVE walking trail that starts in Føresvik and goes all the way to Vestre Bokn. The trail is signposted and parking is available in Føresvik and at Bokn Church. Benches and tables have been erected several places along the trail. A round trip takes roughly four hours and is in typical coastal, heatherclad landscape. The northernmost part of the walk is defined as ‘wilderness’ in the municipal plan. FISHING Bokn is known for its good fishing lakes for trout and eel. Bokn also has a long coastline with lots of good fishing spots.

WHAT’S ON Festivals, concerts and other cultural events are held in Bokn each year. For more information, see


Meet the Vikings at the Viking farm at Avaldsnes Photo: Ørjan B. Iversen

Photo: Ørjan B. Iversen

Syrneset Fort. Photo: Ørjan B. Iversen



Living history, authentic coastal culture, dramatic ocean and silky sand beaches.

EXPERIENCES AVALDSNES – NORWAY’S OLDEST ROYAL SEAT Walk in the footsteps of Harald Fairhair who united Norway into one kingdom! St Olav’s Church, Nordvegen History Centre and the Viking Farm invite you to delve into the history of the area. Here, princes, kings and Vikings will be your guides. There are majestic views from the church and the history centre of Karmsundet sound, known through history as Nordvegen – the way to the North – from which the name Norway is derived. Our rich cultural heritage provides a basis for exciting events at Avaldsnes. Historical Viking feasts, engaging storytelling and intimate Church concerts available for groups by arrangement. This Medieval church was built during the reign of King Håkon Håkonsson around 1250, and is dedicated to St. Olav. It was built on a heathen cult site, surrounded by memorial stones. Norway’s second biggest memorial stone at 7.2 metres, ‘the Virgin Mary’s needle’, stands on the north side of the church. It was probably quite a bit taller at one time. Over the ages, priests have chopped bits off the top, because, according to legend, the day on which the top of the ‘needle’ touches the church wall will be Judgement Day. The distance between the stone and the church is now 9.2 cm... At Nordvegen History Centre, Harald Fairhair is your guide through 3,500 years of history and the story of Avaldsnes as a meeting place between Norway and Europe. At the Viking Farm, you can learn about our

forefathers’ building techniques and how the Vikings lived. During summer, you will meet Viking warriors and their wives, and you can take part in challenging Viking activities. Western Norway’s biggest Viking festival is held here every year in June! SKUDENESHAVN – THE WHITE EMPIRE TOWN At the very southern tip of Karmøy lies charming Skudeneshavn. The history of the town goes back to the early 19th century, when herring fisheries made it a bustling hive of industry and what we today know as the ‘Old Town’ emerged. There is a particularly pleasant atmosphere in Skudeneshavn. You can wander around and enjoy the peace and quiet while taking in the beautiful architecture, taste fresh waffles and coffee in one of the cosy cafés, visit interesting galleries, have fun at a lively festival, and explore great walking terrain, beaches and the archipelago. Skudeneshavn’s tall ship fleet brought cultural impulses from many corners of the world. Old Skudeneshavn is often called ‘the white Empire town’. It is fascinating to see ornamentation from the stone temples of Antiquity reproduced on these small wooden houses. The idyllic environment is distinctive and unique in a national context. Download ‘Time travel’ on your mobile phone and experience characters and stories from the town’s golden age – as if they were taking place in front of your very eyes! The museum at Mælandsgården also provides a good insight into the town’s history. Open in summer, otherwise by arrangement.

SEA AND LAND BLUE FLAG, SILKY SAND BEACHES Sandvesanden beach near Skudeneshavn and Åkrasanden beach further north have inviting white sand and pure, clear water. The beaches on Karmøy are popular all year round. There is a culture and nature trail along the shore between Åkrehamn and Ferkingstad. There are traces back to the Viking Age here, with memorial stones symbolising King Augvald’s daughters, ‘Skjoldmøyane’, and the remains of boathouses from the reign of the sea king, King Ferking. A ‘Fisherman’s Memorial’ has been erected past charming Ferkingstad. There are an abundance of nature-based activities on Karmøy. Beautiful sandy beaches, surfing waves, waymarked walking trails in varied terrain and opportunities for trips out to sea. Enjoy the elements up close – in all weathers! Walking and fishing maps, and kayak, canoe and boat hire:

INDUSTRIAL AND WAR HISTORY THE SUCCESSFUL COPPER INDUSTRY, FISHERIES AND WAR HISTORY Did you know that the Statue of Liberty in New York is made from copper from Karmøy? The copper works at Visnes were the biggest and most modern in Northern Europe in their day. At Visnes, you can learn about the exciting industrial history of this hectic mining town which was the biggest employer in Norway in the 19th century. There is a nice nature and play area there with a museum that is open in summer.


Perfect surfing conditions Photo: Ørjan B. Iversen

NORDVEGEN HISTORY CENTRE N-4262 Avaldsnes Tel. +47 52 81 24 00,

SKUDENESHAVN Torget. Tel. +47 52 85 80 00. OASEN SHOPPING CENTRE, Norheim. Tel. +47 52 83 10 89 Opening hours see:

The Statue of Liberty, Visnes Photo: Camilla Vandvik

St. Olav’s Church, Avaldsnes / Photo: Ørjan B. Iversen

KARMØY TOWN HALL N-4250 Kopervik. Tel. +47 52 85 75 00

ÅKREHAMN COASTAL MUSEUM AND KARMØY FISHERY MUSEUM tell the story of Karmøy’s past as an important fishery hub. The wharfside warehouse at Åkra is one of the few herring salteries that is still intact. It houses interesting exhibitions about the contact between Western Karmøy and America. Karmøy Fishery Museum shows the development of the fishing industry after the introduction of the engine. This landmark building is an architectural gem set in the beautiful landscape of Veadavågen. The museum was designed by the renowned architecture firm Snøhetta, which has also designed major landmarks such as the Oslo Opera House. Open in summer, otherwise by arrangement.

You can also have fun at Minigolfen Familiepark, which is just a stone’s throw away. There are fun activities both indoors and outdoors, including a mining area and a farm theme.

Syreneset Fort is located 3.8 km from Skudeneshavn, and it is an impressive sight commanding views over the sea. From here, the occupation forces had a panorama view and could control all shipping traffic during World War II. The fort was in operation from 1943 and had five cannon emplacements. Waymarked trail, 30-minute walk there and back.


FAMILY FUN Try the exciting activities ‘Viking for a day’ and ‘Archaeologist for a day’ at Nordvegen History Centre. Dress up like a Viking and get a sense of what life was like during the Viking Age, and take part in activities that show what it is like to work as an archaeologist. Haugaland Zoo at Torvastad is an exciting 10-acre zoo with 250 animals, birds and reptiles. Meet many exciting species, such as a leopard and crocodile, during the summer season.

There are frisbee golf courses at Blikshavn and at Liarlund, Kopervik. ‘Eventyrjakten’ is an activity treasure hunt for the adventurous who visit Skudeneshavn, Åkrehamn, Visnes or Kopervik. There is lots to explore for children and adults alike on Karmøy! See


JUNE 6 - 9  VIKING FESTIVAL FESTIVAL in the home of the Vikings! On historical ground at Avaldsnes, you can take part in the biggest Viking festival in Western Norway. Come and experience how the Vikings lived and visit a Viking market. See a blacksmith at work and Vikings in combat, listen to Viking music and Viking sagas, or try various activities, such as archery and juggling! Tel.: +47 52 81 24 00, JULY 4 - 7  SKUDE FESTIVAL. Western Norway’s biggest coastal culture event featuring all kinds of boats – wooden boats, pleasure craft and sailing ships. There are many art exhibitions in Søragadå, the main street in the old town. The Skude Festival is always held on the first weekend in July.

Åkrasanden – Norway’s loveliest beach / Photo: Per Inge Eriksen


4 - 31  OLAV’S DAYS The festival is based around the beautiful St Olav’s Church at Avaldsnes. The programme includes concerts, seminars, midsummer service and pilgrimage walk. Avaldsnes is one of the stopping places on the coastal pilgrim’s route to Nidaros. Lunch concerts every Thursday at 12.30. For more information, contact Avaldsnes parish. Tel.: +47 52 84 21 55. AUGUST 1 - 4  FISKERIDAGENE (fishery days). A festival where fishing is the main focus. Exciting deep sea fishing competition, delicious food, funfair, stalls and entertainment for both children and adults. SEPTEMBER 8 MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL at Avaldsnes, provides an insight into the exciting period of history from 1100 to 1400. You can meet jugglers, knights and musicians, and dance Medieval dances and take part in games from the period. 13 - 15 VISNES FAIR Traditional activities for children and adults alike in Fransahagen. Market fair with concert on Friday, activities for children on Saturday, and traditional market day with sales exhibitions, arts and crafts and locally produced food on Sunday. OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 30.10 - 2.11  SKUDENESHAVN INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE AND CULTURE FESTIVAL (SILK) aims to spread the joy of reading to people of all ages. The festival uses the many exciting venues in Skudeneshavn as arenas where many interesting writers from Norway and abroad can meet their readers.


Photo: Scott Sporleder

Haugesund Rådhus (town hall)

Haraldshauegn. Photo: Arthur Halseid

HAUGESUND TOURIST INFORMATION Strandgt. 171, N-5525 Haugesund. GPS: N 59° 24.855’, E 5° 15.981’ Tel. +47 52 01 08 30 E-mail: Open: Mon. - Fri. 10 - 16.30. Mid-June - August, Mon.-Fri. 9 - 17 Sat.-Sun. 10 - 15.



Haugesund is located in the heart of the area in which Harald Fairhair united Norway into one kingdom. The charming city centre has an idyllic location on the Smedasundet sound, and offers cultural experiences, great restaurants and shopping.

EXPERIENCES Haugesund is situated in the area where Harald Fairhair united Norway into one kingdom. The town has lots of highlights, including its idyllic town centre beside Smedasundet sound, where you can enjoy cultural experiences, great restaurants and a wide range of shopping opportunities. A WALK THROUGH THE TOWN’S HISTORY The town of Haugesund emerged beside Smedasundet sound during the herring fisheries of the 19th century. Many of the people who worked in the herring fisheries settled along the sound, and combined the trades of fishing and salting herring. The number of ferries and cargo boats gradually grew, and Smedasundet became the main thoroughfare with offices and shops, and shipping agents, ship chandlers and brokers, exporters and ship-owners setting up business along Indre Kai quay. The buildings in Haugesund still bear witness to the town’s origin as a fisheries centre – particularly the buildings on both sides of Smedasundet sound. A walk along the sound will give you a good insight into the historical development of the ‘herring town’.

A VIBRANT TOWN CENTRE On Indre Kai, the illuminated promenade that runs parallel to Smedasundet sound, there is a wide range of cafés, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. If this is the heart of the town centre, then Haraldsgata is its main artery. This pedestrian shopping street, one of the longest in Norway, features fine architecture and park areas and a wide range of shopping options.

landscape and is steeped in the history of Norway’s biggest herring exporter and herring king – Steffen Staalesen. The exhibition ‘Byen som gikk i land’ (the town that went ashore) at Karmsund Folk Museum illustrates the history of the town with models, tableaus, timelines and films. The museum also houses other cultural history exhibitions and a café, museum shop and corner for children to draw and fill in activity sheets.

NORWAY’S PRETTIEST TOWN HALL The pink and richly decorated town hall in Haugesund, inaugurated in 1931, was voted Norway’s prettiest town hall in 2010. The square in front of the town hall is the annual venue for many different events, including the town’s Christmas market and big concerts. Festiviteten – the town’s main cultural venue – is situated close by and stages local and national productions.

MAJESTIC NATIONAL MONUMENT Haraldshaugen, known locally as Haraldsstøtta, is Norway’s national monument. It was erected in 1872 in commemoration of Harald Fairhair uniting Norway into one kingdom. Krosshaugen, a stone cross dating from the earliest period of Christianity in Norway (approx. 1000), is situated nearby.

HAUGESUND ON EXHIBITION The open-air museum Dokken on Hasseløy give visitors a good insight into what living and working in Haugesund was like during the herring fisheries from 1850 to 1950. You can also see Staalehuset, one of Norway’s most unique wharfside warehouses on the island. It is a towering landmark in the

RØVÆR – THE HOSPITABLE, CAR-FREE ISLAND Røvær is home to 110 people and is just a 25-minute boat trip from the centre of Haugesund. Here, you can experience a hospitable, vibrant and car-free island community, where you can relax and enjoy a slower pace of life. The island has a local shop, a chapel, a wharfside warehouse with a café that serves the world’s best potato dumplings and a lovely culture hotel. You can also

Photo: Ravnafloke

Himakånå, Photo: Line Murphy

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arrange to visit Hiltahuset – Røvær’s oldest house and museum – in the heart of the island. Among other things, the house has an exhibition about the Røvær accident of 1899, when 30 of the island’s population of 130 died when their boat capsized. Find out more about Norway as an ocean nation at Røvær Havbrukssenter, and how we have become a world-leading salmon producer.

TYSVÆR Tysvær welcomes visitors to ‘the blonde fjords’. Tysvær has varied and beautiful scenery, and it is paradise for those who enjoy nature-based activities. It is known for the many fjords that cut into the landscape, and for its unique, idyllic scenery. ARQUEBUS war history museum on the Førresfjord may be a good place to start. As one of Norway’s biggest defence museums, Arquebus has achieved national recognition, but it is very local at the same time – and definitely worth a visit. The same can be said about Sandbekken bygdetun, slightly further to the south-east of Tysvær. Here, among other things, you can see the Cleng Peerson house, a house that has been moved from Hesthammer, where Cleng Peerson, who led the first wave of emigration to America in 1825 grew up. TYSVÆRTUNET KULTURHUS (CULTURE CENTRE) is situated in Aksdal, and features a swimming pool, climbing wall, stage and cinema.

There are also many attractions along the SKJOLDAFJORD. Skjoldastraumen, which is a half-hour drive from Haugesund, is home to the only saltwater locks still in operation in Norway. The locks were built in 1908, and are still open to boat traffic all year. Borgøy – the birthplace of Lars Hertervig – is a ten-minute boat trip from Skjoldastraumen, or a five-minute ferry trip from Steinsvik. It is not hard to imagine how the ‘painter of light’ was inspired by the beautiful scenery of this small, towering island. The mountain Borgøynuten stands tall in the narrow fjord, but the beautiful scenery and the cultural trail in ‘Hertervig’s forest’ may well be the highlight for the many visitors to the island. NEDSTRAND – a historical village and paradise for families who love nature – is situated east of Borgøy. In the 17th century, Nedstrand served, in many ways, as a town in Ryfylke, and it’s easy to see why people wanted to settle in this spot. More recently, many people have discovered the walk to Himakånå, a two-hour walk that is incredibly beautiful and doable for most people. Remember to bring a camera! In Nedstrand, you will also find the Høyt & Lavt climbing park, which has quickly established itself as a popular attraction.

WHAT’S ON APRIL 3 - 7 Fartein Valen festival, SVEIO /HAUGESUND MAY 3 - 4 Song and poetry festival, HAUGESUND 4 Hårfagrerittet, bike race, TYSVÆR/HAUGESUND JUNE 15 - 24 Midsummer festival and midsummer festival exhibition, TYSVÆR 23 Lock day in Skjoldastraumen, TYSVÆR 24 Borgøydagen Day, TYSVÆR 30 Ironman, full distance. HAUGESUND JULY 18 - 22 Havnadagene (maritime festival), HAUGESUND 24 - 28 PODIUM chamber music festival, HAUGESUND AUGUST 7 - 11 Sildajazz, Haugesund International Jazz Festival, HAUGESUND 10 Sildajazzmarked market, HAUGESUND 18 World’s longest herring buffet, HAUGESUND 18 Amanda Film Award HAUGESUND 17 - 23 The Norwegian Film Festival, HAUGESUND 21 - 24 New Nordic Films, HAUGESUND 24 Steinsvikrittet, cycling race TYSVÆR 23 - 25 Den Festivalen i Vangen (music festival), HAUGESUND SEPTEMBER 21 - 28 Seniorperler (festival for seniors), TYSVÆR OCTOBER 7 - 11 bLest literature festival, TYSVÆR 25 - 27 Tysvær Skrekkfest (horror film festival), DECEMBER Christmas market at Rådhusplassen square HAUGESUND

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ACCOMMODATION AND EXPERIENCES ALONG THE NORTH SEA ROUTE On the following pages, you will find an overview of what the North Sea Route has to offer. The map shows the location of hotels etc. and experiences along the route. You will also find contact information for booking, making it easier for you to plan your holiday.

Syklist Velkommen! (Cyclist Welcome) Cyclist Welcome is a concept for accommodation establishments in Norway which are especially interested in cycle tourism. The concept was developed and put into

practice by The Institution for Cycle Tourism in 1999. This means that chosen hotels, motels, guest houses, campsites and youth hostels make special arrangements to suit the needs of the cycling tourist.




BOOKING: 975 46 016

Beautiful holiday apartments in the authentic old port of Ny-Hellesund, just a short distance from Kristiansand and Mandal.


Sjøsanden Feriesenter Cabin

15.06 - 15.08 Low season Flat 4 pers. 15.06 - 15.08 Low season Flat 2 pers. 15.06 - 15.08 Low season Motell 2 pers. 15.06 - 15.08 Low season

w./ 9.450.w./ 4.200.w./ 8.050.w./ 3.800.w./ 7.000.w./ 1.000.w./ 5.950.w./ 2.400.-


d./ 1.350.d./ 1.050.d./ 1.150.d./ 950.d./ 1.000.d./ 850.d./ 850.d./ 700.-

Tlf: 0047 988 87 366

Tel.: 988 87 366

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The apartements are fully equipped and have room for 4 or 6 persons. The facility is located on the wharf next to Lindesnes Kystkultursenter, an art and coastal cultural centre which houses a former barrel and canning factory. Boats can be hired on site by arrangement. It is 10 minutes drive from Lindesnes lighthouse. Open all year. Ramsland 22, 4521 Lindesnes, Tel: +47 458 66 685 / +47 38 25 66 90 O V V



Tlf: 0047 87 366

Here you can see your own herring barrel be built, study the history of canning and learn about coastal industry and patient people. Art Gallery. Tlf.: +47 918 53 776


Reinferdalsveien 35, 4432 Hidrasund

The very best experiences in the South Lindesnes and Lyngdal offers some of the very best holiday experiences in southern Norway. Lindesnes Lighthouse represents the very south tip of Norway. The lighthouse is surrounded by beautiful landscape, right by the sea, often with storm and big waves. The charming city of Lyngdal offers activities for the whole family, including “Sørlandsbadet” aqualand and spa– a place for recreation and fun. You can either stay at our familyhotel Rosfjord Strandhotell witch is located at the beach in Lyngdal or at Lindesnes Havhotell, were the weather, water and nature are all breathtaking. Experience our unique cuisine at both hotels. The choice is yours.


Strandhotellet +47 38340100

double from nok room 1 apartm 145,from nok ent Havhotellet +47 38600800 900,







Lauervik Terrasse 14, 4550 Farsund +47 38 38 98 00 I

Sundegaten 9, 4400 Flekkefjord + 47 38 32 58 00 I

Velkommen til hotellet ved vannkanten! Welcome to Farsund Fjordhotel!

Velkommen til hotellet pĂĽ bryggekanten! Welcome to Maritim Fjordhotel!




Sundegaten 9, 4400 Flekkefjord OPEN: MON+ -47 FRI3809.00 32 58- 21.00 00 I SATURDAY 10.00 - 18.00 SUNDAY - 21.00 Velkommen til hotellet pĂĽ bryggekanten! Welcome to Maritim Fjordhotel!

TEL.: +47 38 34 61 73

+47 38 32 01 48

Selandsvegen 31, 4400 Flekkefjord

SOGNDALSTRAND KULTURHOTELL Welcome to a unique hotel with 30 charming, restored rooms with en suite bathrooms. It is situated in Sogndalstrand that has listed status, with wooden buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. A restaurant that serves good, authentic homemade lunches and dinners. Open all year. Sogndalstrand, 4380 Hauge i Dalane Tel: +47 51 47 72 55 - 9

Exhibitions with well-known artists

Welcome to a friendly family campsite in beautiful Sokndal

Art - glass art - pottery and jewellery Open: June - August, every day 11 - 17 Atumn and springseason: Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 16

Tel.: +47 51 47 78 52 10


Strandgt. 20 N-4380 Hauge i Dalane Tel.: +47 900 29 555


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CAMPING Egersund

Welcome to a pleasant stay

Our well-groomed campground is located off Route 44, The Nort Sea Road, 3 km north of the centre of Egersund.

Large selection of 24 well-equipped cabins to suit all tastes - Excellent fishing, both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Fishingpermits on sale for the Bjerkreimselven river, one of Norway’s best salmon rivers, which flows into the sea close by - Excellent hiking areas incl. Fotlandsfossen waterfall with salmon leap - Miniature golf (12 holes) and modern sanitation facility with sanitary station for campers and caravans, bicycle for rent and free wireless internet. Open year round and reasonable prices. Cabin 15.5 - 15.9 pr. day from NOK 425 / Cabin 15.9 - 15.5 pr day from NOK 325 Steinsnes NAF Camping, Jærvegen 190, N-4373 Egersund. Tel.: +47 974 00 966 GPS: +58° 28’ 41.29”, +5° 59’ 46.31” E-mail: - V



Bus transport and guide services Tailor-made trips in Norway and abroad. Drageland 1, 4380 Hauge i Dalane Tlf.: +47 926 47 413


Grand Hotel Egersund

Charming hotel dating from 1895 in the heart of Egersund. 101 hotel rooms. Renowned kitchen. Fullylicensed bar. The hotel tailors experiences and activities. Johan Feyersgate 3, P. O. Box 16, NO-4379 Egersund. Tel. (+47) 51 49 60 60.


Fishing, holliday & relaxation Trosavigveien 213, 4375 Hellvik Tlf.: +47 911 61 377 Hellvikhyttene cabins are beautiful allyear cabins situated by the sea in Hellvik, 15 km north of Egersund in Rogaland. Three bedrooms sleeps 8 plus a half loft. V


Take the trip through us! We have everything from ice cream, soft drinks, coffee, sausages, hamburgers, things to the car, fishing licence, kiosk goods, electric car charging station, free wi-fi, grocheries, sandwiches, fastfood, dinner and dessert. Open to 23:00 all days. w vikesaaveiservice




Just off the North Sea Road Brusand Camping AS, Nordsjøveien 3769, N-4363 Brusand Tel. booking: +47 936 25 823



OGNA CAMPING AS Just off the North Sea Route. Cabins - swimming - fishing near salmon river and golfcourse Ogna Camping Nordsjøvegen 4061 N-4364 Sirevåg Tel.: +47 51 43 82 42



Come and experience the magnificent scenery of Jæren, with long sandy beaches, expanses of fields and grassy hills. Fantastic walking terrain, many cultural heritage sites, museums and contemporary art.

We have fishing rights in two rivers, and are close to a golf course. Stay in the heart of Jæren. Open all year.



Jytte og Oddvar Varhaug, Ægrå, Sør-Varhaug 39, N-4360 Varhaug Tel.: +47 51 43 03 83. Mob: +47 979 78 962,




Obrestad Hytteutleige

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offers cabins located in the wide open landscape of Jæren – under a vast sky with the mighty ocean as your neighbour.

Obrestad, 4365 Nærbø -

The cabins are located right next to the listed Obrestad harbour, still in use by fishermen and visitors. The Kongevegen also passes through a unique landscape here, and takes you to Grødaland, Varhaug old churchyard, Obrestad lighthouse and Hå old vicarage.





Bedroom, loft, bathroom, living room / kitchen. Up to 6 pers. 1 day, 900 NOK

5 bedrooms, bathroom and living room / kitchen. Up to 6 pers. 1 day, NOK 800. Over 6 pers. NOK 100 per pers

2 bedrooms, loft, bathroom, living room / kitchen. Up to 6 pers. 1 day, NOK 1100. 6-10 pers. by appointment. Leif Obrestad Håvegen 160, N-4365 Nærbø Telephone: +47 969 46 332 E-mail: UTM32N coordinates: N 6506620 E 301000

6 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 bathrooms and kitchen. 1 day NOK 1200 or by appointment. Even Hægstad, Håvegen 190-194, N-4365 Nærbø Telephone: +47 922 933 12 E-mail: UTM32N coordinates: N 6506760 E 300940





HÅ OLD VICARAGE is today an arena for contemporary art - visual art, installations, sculpture, crafts and cultural history. Café with specialities from the Jæren area. Art shop. Venue hire. For exhibition programme and events: Telephone: +47 51 79 16 60, E-mail: Open: 1 Sept. - 14 May weekdays 11-15, 15 May - 31 Aug. weekdays 11-17. All year, Sat. & Sun., 12-17.

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Set in an idyllic location beside Ølbergstranden, a popular family-friendly beach. Basic camping chalets with views of the sea. Playground. Opportunities for fishing. Bicycles available. Free Wi-Fi. The coastal path is waymarked from the campsite, along a rocky landscape and lovely beaches. Local fishermen sell shellfish. Member of the Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF). Season 10 May – 30 August. / Tel. during season (+47) 51 65 43 75 / outside season: (+47) 51 66 71 70 Ølberg Havnevei 93, NO-4053 Ræge V

Follow the signs to Ølberg from the FV 510 road. Coordinates: 58 52’7.63” 5 33’59.05”. Distances: Sola 8 km, Sandnes 11km, Stavanger 18km


OBRESTAD LIGHTHOUSE was built in 1873. The lighthouse is situated on a headland on top of a flat moraine ridge that plunges straight down to the sea. It is now a cultural heritage site. The lighthouse building is used as a museum housing permanent and temporary exhibitions. The lightkeepers’ houses are let as accommodation, meetings, seminars and functions. Good starting point for short and long walks along the sea. Open museum: Summer holidays: Tue. - Sun. 12 - 17. Easter – 30 Sept.: Sun. 12 - 17. Informasjon og utleie: Hå gamle prestegard. Telephone: +47 51 79 16 60.

Bryne Kro & Hotell

Family hotel with a personal touch and a cozy atmosphere. 61 hotel rooms. Renowned kitchen. Fully-licensed bar. The hotel has its own 9-hole ‘chip & putt’ golf course, which is at the hotel guests’ disposal. Morénefaret 3, P. O. Box 420, NO-4349 Bryne. Tel. +47 51 77 75 00. -



Food, history and authentic experiences. A hotel that focuses on food, history and down-to-earth, authentic experiences. It has its own candle-making workshop. Tel +4751612900





Cottage rental all year Ålgårdslåtten 3, 4330 Ålgård Tel. 0047 51 61 75 76 E-mail:



Far from everyday life. Fifteen minutes from Stavanger.

Stay at Solastranden beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Norway. Located right on the North Sea Road. Close to one of the largest amusement parks. A round of golf ? Five minutes away. Aroma massage? The hotel has its own spa. Hundred years of history, hosts who care and meals to remember. vacation







- Nordsjøbadet Spa


+47 51 94 30 00



Experience Participate Explore centers e c n ie c s ms and n 13 museu he Rogaland Regio ut t througho | Ph.: +47 47 77 60 20 21

SAGENESET FERIESENTER In summer and winter, Sirdalen gives you nature experiences you will never forget!

At Sageneset Feriesenter, you have some of Norway’s best wilderness areas on your doorstep Beavers are swimming in the river, moose are grazing in the forest, and you have a good chance of seeing wild reindeer in the mountains. If you are looking for a true wilderness experience, this is the place for you. Our cabins have rustic log-cabin exteriors and high-standard interiors.

Nesset, 4443 Tjørhom. Tel.: 38 37 13 00 +47 975 03 777 GPS: N 58° 54.964’, E 6° 54.510’ / E-mail:



On two wheels in Rogaland Experience the smell of seaweed and kelp, the screeching of gulls and the lapping of waves while cycling alongside the sand and pebble beaches of the North Sea coast.

Nordsjøruta The Nordsjøruta through Rogaland is part of the North Sea Cycle Route, a 6,000 km long series of adventures through several countries, ready and waiting for you.

Enjoy the views of newly ploughed fields and drystone walls that bear witness to past toil to clear the land. Sense the glory of a bygone age in the sailing town of Skudeneshavn and at Avaldsnes where the viking chieftain Harald Fair Hair ruled. Take part in festivities in Eigersund, Sandnes, Stavanger and Haugesund, where folk music, blues, jazz and herrings are brought together in perfect harmony.

Free planning maps for bike rides is available through: Region Stavanger BA.,

Welcome to Norway’s summertown Skudeneshavn


Rooms and apartments for hire (with breakfast) in the well-known Norneshuset. Good standard. Cosy atmosphere. By the sea in Gamle Skudeneshavn. Wharf. Outdoor area.

Tel.: +47 900 59 007, Nordnes 7, 4280 Skudeneshavn 25



We rent out camper vans directly at Haugesund Airport, Karmøy. Tel.: +47 52 84 04 70. E-mail:



Visit a UNESCO Global Geopark!

Magma Geopark is offering a glimpse into the unique European geological heritage. The Geopark covers more than 2000 km2 of large, open areas and is a perfect starting point for numerous nature walks and fascinating nature experiences. Online booking.




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Delightful recreation for the whole family - indoors and outdoors


...and inside it's even more exciting OPENING HOURS 1 September - 31 May: Weekdays 10 - 16, Sundays 10 - 18 1 Juni - 31 August: Daily 10 - 19 Kjeringholmen, Stavanger, +47 51 93 93 00



Everything from art to monastery all on one ticket Our museums are a unique combination of natural history, culture and art shown through captivating exhibitions and special events throughout the year. Buy a ticket at one museum, and get free entry to all the others, all on the same day. See the program at BREIDABLIKK, LEDAAL, THE NORWEGIAN CANNING MUSEUM, STAVANGER ART MUSEUM, STAVANGER MARITIME MUSEUM, STAVANGER MUSEUM WITH THE NORWEGIAN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, STAVANGER SCHOOL MUSEUM, UTSTEIN MONASTERY


Unique experiences Dalane Folkemuseum offers historic surroundings and Norwegian cultural heritage.



©Photo: Helge Stikbakke


Cultural landscape at the Scenic Route


NORWEGIAN SCENIC ROUTE JÆREN - with open skies, wide horizons and endless ocean. Constantly changing weather and light. Mile upon mile of sandy beaches and sand dunes, only broken by boulders and salmon rivers. This is Norway’s food basket with intensive agriculture in a flat, vast and well-kept cultural landscape, in an area with a mild climate the 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 constructing 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, with the Kvassheim Lighthouse, completed in 1912, the last of them.

sand dunes give an exciting glimpse of ocean and history. Jæren’s thousand square kilometres or more represent the biggest lowland area in Norway and the long sandy beaches towards journey’s end can offer the motorist some relaxation.

Side roads down to the Kvassheim Lighthouse and other cultural heritage sites, boulders and

Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren runs between Ogna and Bore and is 41 kilometres long.

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©Photo: Helge Stikbakke

The first church at Varhaug was built in the 13th century. The old church was demolished in 1905 and replaced by a small burial chapel. The scenic cemetery faces the ocean. There is also a monument to nine Russian sailors who were washed ashore after the naval vessel “Ingermanland” was shipwrecked in 1842.




Kvassheim lighthouse was erected in Ognabukten bay in 1912. Together with the lighthouses at Obrestad and Feistein, its mission was to guide ships safely along the Jæren coast. Kvassheim remained in operation until 1990. The lighthouse has been restored and reconstructed, and contains exhibitions on the story of marine rescue operations and the Jæren nature, as well as a small café.


Photo: Philm Filmproduksjon


Brufjell caves, Flekkefjord


MAGMA UNESCO GEOPARK Its history began already 1.5 billion years ago when the area was covered in red-hot magma and colossal mountains. When you travel along the North Sea Route, from Flekkefjord and all the way up to and through Eigersund municipality, you drive through Magma UNESCO Geopark. This is a unique area of geology and cultural history. The word geology means the study of the Earth. Geologists study processes which generally take place very slowly, but which over millions of years can have major impacts, such as opening and closing oceans, creating deserts and deep oceans, or creating never-ending plains or gigantic mountains and mountain ranges. In other instances, geological processes can take place very quickly, as rock slides or volcanic eruptions. At a geopark, you can learn about all this and lots of other interesting facts about the formation of the landscape around us. Magma UNESCO Geopark, with its unique European geology, is one of 127 UNESCO geoparks around the world today. At Magma Geopark, you enter an area that was once more than 20 km

below the surface of the Earth, and was covered by an enormous mountain range as a big as the Himalayas. Down here, the rocks around the molten magma (molten rock), were more than ten times as hot as boiling water. At this high temperature and huge pressure, the magma started to cool and crystallise (solidify) and formed some very interesting types of magmatic, largecrystal rock. One example is Anorthosite, which is the same rock that is found on the surface of the moon. At Magma Geopark, you can therefore find out what it’s like to walk on the moon. Over thousands of millions of years, the huge mountain range that extended over Magma Geopark was eroded by warm and cold periods. Many of the cold periods were so cold that we call them Ice Ages, during which huge glaciers covered all of Norway. There have been around 200 such periods. At the end of the last Ice Age, which was only around 10,000 years ago, the ice and the huge amount of water from the melting ice put the finishing touch to the landscape. Among other

things, the ice left behind exciting sculptures made from rocks of all shapes and sizes, where some balance precariously, others stand on top of each other and some, like the Trollpikken rock, jut out from the rock. After the Ice Age, the Stone Age brought people across the ice from Denmark, who settled at the edge of the ice front and hunted for a living. Later, during the bronze Age, people began to settle more permanently and started building homes and cultivating the land. At Magma Geopark, we find traces of human life through the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Viking Age, the Middle Ages, Modern history and the world wars, where the different ages and events have impacted the area in different ways. At Magma Geopark, you can come and hear interesting stories about how man and geological processes have formed and influenced nature and the landscape we now see. Be inspired by the North Sea Route’s film from Magma UNSECO Geopark.

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Lighthouse holidays – with the North Sea as your closest neighbour

For centuries, lighthouses have performed the role of shepherd of the sea and provided a guiding light for a safe voyage from harbour to harbour. Lighthouse keepers and their families have, until very recently, ensured that the lamps were illuminated in what were essentially their homes. They lived an exceptional life, between the sea and land, at the mercy of the elements. Life could be quite


Listed lighthouse dating from 1854. The lighthouse and its café, which serves light refreshments, is open 12.00-17.00 every Sunday during the school holidays. The lighthouse keepers’ house is available for rent outside opening hours all year round. Contact Eigersund municipality at +47 51 46 80 00 or check for more information and up-to-date opening hours.

peaceful on calm days, but when giant waves washed over the lighthouse, their days became more dramatic. Modern technology has rendered lighthouse keepers obsolete. But most lighthouses continue to illuminate; some towering and majestic, others more like cabins with powerful outdoor lights. Today it is possible to visit many of the shutdown lighthouses in Rogaland, a number of them even offer overnight accommodation. These lighthouses are living landmarks, conveying a unique history from another time and way of life. Rogaland is the lighthouse centre of Norway and Tungenes Lighthouse is particularly special in this context. The lighthouse and surrounding area has been subject to systematic research and dissemination since the 1980s. Today, Tungenes Lighthouse is a branch of the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s museum department along with Lindesnes Lighthouse, Dalsfjord Lighthouse Museum and the Lofoten Museum.


Lighthouse building from 1912. Exhibitions in the lighthouse keeper’s house and a simple café in the engine room, no obligation to buy anything. Open: January to November: Sundays and public holidays 11–16. 24 June to 16 August weekdays (not Sat.) 11–16. The engine room can be hired for events outside opening hours. Accommodation for 12 people in the Assistentboligen house. See Jæren Outdoor Recreation Board more information. Email:


Originally a bascule light dating from 1700, it was replaced in 1829 by an 18-metre-high hexagonal lighthouse with a coal-fired light at the top. The current building dates from 1859. The lighthouse, which is listed, is the oldest lighthouse in Norway still in operation. Open for guided tours on Sundays from June 17 to August 19 from 13-15. In July, it is also open on Saturdays from 13-15. Contact Kvitsøy municipality for more information;





Listed lighthouse built in 1873. Exhibitions and overnight accommodation. Collaboration with Hå Old Vicarage nearby. The lighthouse museum is closed in 2019 for refurbishment. Contact Hå Old Vicarage on tel.: +47 51 79 16 60, or see www. for more information.


Listed lighthouse in Randaberg municipality dating from 1862. Exhibitions, guided tours, concerts and other cultural events in a unique area for walks. Can be rented for events. Opening hours: 12.00-16.00 every Sunday from February to November, and every day during the school holidays. Contact Jærmuseet ( for more information.

A cooperation between the lighthouses in Rogaland. The intention is to convey the lighthouses’ special role, history and character in the coastal landscape. The cooperation is also a way to coordinate the further development of the lighthouses, so that both their individual character and the broader context of which the lighthouses are a part, is preserved.


Listed lighthouse from 1844, manned until 2004. The lighthouse is the only surviving twin tower lighthouse. Weather observations have been carried out since 1873. Lounge with a fireplace, artist’s apartment, gallery and coastal radio station. Three of the lighthouse apartments can be rented as accommodation all year. Lighthouse café, second-hand shop and guided tours 1 June to 18 August, every day, 12-15. Contact Utsira Overnatting, tel. (+47) 91242714 or see






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Try rail biking on the Flekkefjordbanen Go to the iconic potholes “Brufjellshålene” Explore the captivating island Hidra with its nature, 2WW history, local food and art Enjoy modern street art in the historic Dutch Quarters of Flekkefjord

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