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THE NORTH SEA ROUTE 2020 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.















































A STRING OF 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. 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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4 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





























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Follow the signs. 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 Bokn. We recommend you take a detour to Finnøy when you are in Rennesøy.

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. We recommend you take a detour to Finnøy. Follow the signs. 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 North Sea Route takes you to the most beautiful places along Norway’s south-west coast 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 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: www.nordsjovegen.no 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: www.vikingfestivalen.no ’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? opplevavaldsnes.no/

Photo: Ørjan Baugstø Iversen


Surfing 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.

Photo: Per inge Eriksen


Photo: Torbjørg Kjønø



Photo: Ørjan Baugstø Iversen Photo: Ørjan Baugstø Iversen


Photo: Eduardo Grund /Region Stavanger


Photo: Peder Austrud©Visit Sørlandet

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.



Photo: Elizabeth Croft


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.


Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com

Photo: Magma Geopark



Photo: VisitSorlandet

Photo: Rune Helliesen

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 www.nordsjovegen.no JÆREN


TOURIST INFORMATION Rådhusgt.18, N-4611 Kristiansand turistinformasjon@kristiansand.kommune.no Tel.: +47 38 07 50 00 Open all year, www.visitkrs.no

Lynx Dyreparken / Foto: Dyreparken

Photo: Vidar Moløkken

Photo: Svein Tybakken




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!

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. Søgne cultural centre is an old vicarage situated in beautiful rural surroundings, where visitors can experience art and historical exhibitions all year. An exhibition about the Stone Age describes how Norway’s oldest skull, 9,800 years old, was found. Hitler’s secret weapon in Southern Norway – a one-man

Biber submarine – is exhibited inside the rock.

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.

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. The passenger ferry from Høllen takes you to the picturesque harbour Ny-Hellesund. Step ashore on Helgøya island and enjoy the panorama view of Skagerak from the top of the WWII coastal fort,

intact with its canons in casemates. Just beside Nordsjøvegen, on the way west towards Søgne, you will find the outdoor recreation park Helleviga. Here you can go swimming at small sandy beaches, sunbathe on smooth rocks, follow waymarked pathways or spend the night in turf-roofed shelters.

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. Well-known Norwegian artists perform at Søgne cultural centre’s outdoor amphitheatre in summer. There’s always something on in Kristiansand! Concerts, summer markets, fairs, exhibitions. Concerts, shows, sports events and lots more. Check the calendar at www.visitkrs.no. There’s something for everyone!

Under. Photo: IVAR KVAAL


Sjøsanden beach Photo: Peder Austrud©Visit Sørlandet

Peder Austrud©Visit Sørlandet

TOURIST INFORMATION Buen Culturehouse, Havnegata 2 N-4515 Mandal Tel.: +47 38 27 83 00. vwww.visitlindesnes.no



Lindesnes is situated on the southernmost tip of Norway – with Lindesnes Lighthouse and Ryvingen Lighthouse out at the ocean’s edge, the idyllic atmosphere of Southern Norway, old wooden houses and delicious fresh seafood.

EXPERIENCES There are many places worth visiting in Lindesnes. Small villages with shops, playgrounds and restaurants and cafés. The unique underwater restaurant, ‘Under’ sits in the ebb at Båly in Spangereid. At the nearby harbour, you can buy fish cakes in the harbour and fishing equipment on the quay. Those wishing to take a little break from everyday life can take a walk on one of the many walking paths with viewpoints, bathing spots and fishing spots for freshwater fishing. However, those looking for a more intense nature experience can take part in bushcraft or rafting with Adventure Norway on the Mandalselva river. Mandalselva river is one of Norway’s best salmon rivers and, together with Audnaelva river, attracts many anglers every year in the hope of catching salmon and sea trout. The Mandalselva river winds its way through the valley and runs out into the sea in Mandal, which is the southernmost town in Norway. The town is known as the birthplace of the five great artists Gustav and Emanuel Vigeland, Adolph Tiedemand, Amaldus Nilsen and Olaf Isachssen. With its narrow streets and alleys of old wooden houses (around 700 protected houses), Mandal is the real deal in Southern Norway with bracing

sea air. Furulunden is located by the town centre and is the city’s green area – with lots of paths suitable for walking and cycling trips. There is a lovely pine forest surrounded by large and small beaches, with Sjøsanden being the longest beach of approx. 800 metres. Even the youngest children have their own beach – Lillebanken – with a playground in the water.

LIGHTHOUSE HOLIDAYS LINDESNES LIGHTHOUSE is situated as far south as you can get on the mainland. The lighthouse station is a museum area featuring exhibitions, a cinema, café and the chance to go up to the top of the lighthouse. The holiday apartment in the lighthouse keepers’ house can be rented all year, allowing guests to feel the forces of nature from all directions. RYVINGEN LIGHTHOUSE is located in a landscape protection area, which is very popular with visitors on warm summer days. Norway’s southernmost lighthouse is located here, where the association Foreningen Ryvingens Venner offers overnight accommodation and transport in the summer season, or otherwise by arrangement.

HATHOLMEN LIGHTHOUSE is situated just outside Sjøsanden and marks the approach to Mandal. The lighthouse was established in 1867, but has been unmanned for many years. The association Mandal Kystlag tends to the lighthouse and has built a nice jetty with benches and a barbecue down below the lighthouse keepers’ residence. In the summer, it is possible to stay overnight and wake up to a beautiful view of the ocean.

OTHER INFO Do you wonder what else you can see and do in Lindesnes? Visit our website, visitlindesnes. no, and read about everything you can see and do in Lindesnes. You can also download the app Visit Lindesnes. You will then have a complete overview, including an events calendar, wherever you go. You are also welcome to visit us at the Tourist Information in Mandal.

WHAT’S ON JUNE 26 - 28 Mandaljazz 2020, jazz festival JULY Concerts every Wednesday, and many other concerts in town AUGUST 6 - 9 Seafood Festival in Mandal.

Photo: Rebecca Reimers/Gnizt




TOURIST INFORMATION Visiting address: Several self-operated tourist information sites throughout the municipality Tel.: +47 906 12 688 E-mail: post@listafyr.no www.visitnorway.no/reisemal/sorlandet/farsund-lista/ LISTA LIGHTHOUSE INFORMATION CENTRE OPEN ALL YEAR

Photo: Frank Knutsen

Listastrendene beaches. Photo: VisitSorlandet

Vanse. Photo VisitSørlander



FARSUND & LISTA Long sandy beaches and room for everyone.

EXPERIENCES LISTA LIGHTHOUSE Lista Lighthhouse was lit for the first time in 1836. At one time, there were actually three lighthouses at one point to distinguish it from others of its kind. At that time, Lista was the world’s largest lighthouse station! The foundations of the two dismantled lighthouses have been excavated and are now visible. At the lighthouse, you will find an art gallery, Visitor Centre Wetland Lista, Lista bird observatory, bike rental, a gift shop and a café. LISTASTRENDENE BEACHES Kilometre upon kilometre of white sandy beaches extend along the coast of Lista. The beaches are popular bathing and walking areas all year round. The coastal trail extends from Loshavn in the east to Varnes in the west. Vita Velo cycling route from Lista lighthouse to Varnes lighthouse is one of the many popular cycling routes in the municipality. LOSHAVN AND EIKVÅG Idyllic harbours near the open sea dating from the age of sailing ships and with some of the best preserved wooden houses in Southern Norway. Loshavn was an important privateering harbour during the Napoleonic Wars (1807 to 1814). The history of privateering lives on with events and activities for young and old in the centre of Farsund during the summer. NORDBERG FORT – VEST-AGDER MUSEUM, LISTA Lista has a long, varied and fascinating history. Vest-Agder Museum in Lista tells the history of the

area through its many exhibitions and collections. In the Penne area you can see rock carvings from the Bronze Age. Open every day of the season with activities for children, café and a great walking area. GUIDED TOURS OF TOWN From Monday to Saturday from the last week in June until the first week in August, you can meet Norway’s only female night watchwoman on the streets of Farsund, carrying a lit lamp and a morning star. You are invited to join a fantastic round trip of the town with the night watchman as your guide.

WALKING AREAS In Farsund, there are many walking areas, with several kilometres of waymarked trails. Bøensbakken Framvaren: Restored walking trail in spectacular surroundings, with a great view of the Framvaren fjord. A round trip by bike from Hanesund, up the Bøensbakken road, down Kjerringdalen valley across Ravneheia down to Hanseund is also highly recommended. See www.listerfriluft.no for more information.

BATHING Visit Farsund’s town beach, Badehuset, where there is a diving platform, a sandy beach and old, historical changing rooms within walking distance of Farsund town centre. Volunteers have built a sauna with fantastic sea views. There are also many swimming spots in both freshwater and the sea, such

as Haviksanden, Kviljosanden and Bausje, and in Hanangervannet, Straumen and Ugjell lakes. See www.listerfriluft.no for more information.

FISHING Great fishing opportunities in freshwater and in the sea. Contact the Tourist Information for information about organised deep sea fishing trips. See www.listerfriluft.no for more information.

SHOPPING Farsund and Vanse have pleasant town centres with a great diversity of shops. The Amfi shopping center in Farsund has a good selection of chain stores.

WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY 27 - 29 MAY 30 JUNE 25 - 28 JULY 9 - 12 14 25 AUGUST 27 - 30

Ladies’ Weekend Farsund Marathon American Festival Privateering days Privateering night/ pageant Battle reenactment in Farsund harbour The Borhaug Day The North Sea Festival


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

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

Hollenderbyen. Phaoto: Simen Løvgren

Photo: Peder Austrud

Summer season June to August, Monday – Saturday touristflekkefjord@smaabyen.no www.smaabyenflekkefjord.no www.visitnorway.com/flekkefjord


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, 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 and Chinese food. You will find a complete list of the restaurants in the town at www.smaabyenflekkefjord.no/spisesteder

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 www.smaabyenflekkefjord. no/shopping

OTHER INFORMATION Visit listerfriluft.no/friluftsaktiviteter/flekkefjord 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 www.flekkefjord.no



Information can also be obtained at Joker Supermarked in Åna-Sira, Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell, YX Sokndal and Bakkaåno Camping & Gjestegard. www.sokndal.kommune.no www.visitsokndal.no www.cittaslow.com


Photo: Nils Jacobsen

TOURIST INFORMATION Gamleveien 20, N-4380 Hauge i Dalane Tel.: +47 51 47 06 00 postmottak@sokndal.kommune.no

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!

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.



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

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.

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.

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 2020, www.jossingfjord.no. 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

The construction of a large regional motor sports centre is scheduled to start in 2020. The centre is located on Kroheia in Sokndal.

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. The construction of a large regional motor sports centre is scheduled to start in 2020. The centre is located on Kroheia in Sokndal. 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, www.magmageopark.com.

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


WHAT’S ON MAY 29 - 31 Sokndalsdagene. Local festival featuring market stalls, entertainment and general hustle and bustle. SEPTEMBER 18 – 19 Sokndal Musikkfestival featuring a range of performers 20 - 26 ‘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. Concerts and events are also held at Sogndalstrand amphitheatre or Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell.



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.

TOURIST INFORMATION Elvegaten 23, N-4370 Egersund Tel. +47 474 88 409 turistkontoret@eigersund.kommune.no www.visitegersund.no Open 10.00–16.00 from 1 June to 31 August.


Eigerøy lighthouse /Photo: Magma Geopark


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!

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 and the new park Elveparken - The Trollpikken rock, can be combined with other destinations - Lindøy battery and Kontrari hill - Fotlandsfossen waterfall

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 and activities: - Auglend and Vandringshavn marina walking area - Ytstebrød walking area - If you arrive by boat, Skarvøya and Vibberodden lighthouses are definitely worth a visit - Go on a guided fishing trip out to sea - Rent a kayak, paddle board or try coasteering in our beautiful landscape. 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

Day of the Fisheries / Photo: Arne Ove Østebrøt

Coasteering. Photo: Coastal adventures AS

Trollpikken. Poto: 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!

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 JUNE 11 - 14 At Dalane Bluesfestival, you can hear local, national and international acts fill the town with music over three days. 25 - 5 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. JULY 2 - 5 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. OCTOBER 3 Animals, food and fun activities are in focus during the Høstmarken autumn market in the centre of Egersund. 16 Kulturnatt culture night concerts, art exhibitions and activities dotted around the town DECEMBER 3 - 6 and 10 - 13 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). For more information about places to eat and accommodation, see www.visitegersund.no. Information about other trips, maps and brochures are available from the Tourist Information at Magma Geopark, Elvegaten 23.


Obrestad Lighthouse. Photo Hå kommune

©Photo: Jærmuseet

Hå Old Vicarage. Photo Elisabeth Tønnesen


TOURIST INFORMATION Hå Folkebibliotek, Main library, Dalvegen 21, 4365 Nærbø Tel. +47 51 79 36 80 E-mail: habib@ha.kommune.no www.ha.no

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. Experience 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 all year. See our website for information about opening hours and what’s on with respect to exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events etc. www.hagamleprestegard.no 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. OGNA CHURCH The medieval walls dating from 1250 are the main elements of this restored church, consecrated 5 June 1995.

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 www.hagamleprestegard.no


VARHAUG OLD CHURCHYARD The chapel is open on Sundays from Palm Sunday to All Saints’ Day.

LIGHTHOUSE HOLIDAYS KVASSHEIM LIGHTHOUSE The lighthouse is situated by the Nordsjøvegen road and is like a window to the ocean. You can come here for shelter and good views. You can bring along a picnic, or buy home-baking, coffee, fizzy drinks and ice cream at the café. It is also possible to stay the night – see the website for more information. It is a terrific starting point for walks beside the sea. It also hosts several exhibitions. www.jarenfri.no

WALKING AREAS Kongevegen trail, 10 km. The Western Norway Trunk Road Ogna - Hellvik. Unused road in undulating mountain terrain. Cycling standard. 7 km. SWIMMING Ognasanden, Brusand beach and Refsnes beach.

WHAT’S ON Hå municipality offers fantastic scenery, great food and a comprehensive programme of events. For more information, see: www.ha.no, www.hagamleprestegard.no, www.helgaaleiren.no and www.jaermuseet.no.

Surfing at JĂŚren. Photo Tord Paulsen



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Midgardsormen bridge across Frøylandsvatnet lake Photo: Reidar Hebnes Jærstrendene beaches

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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 postmottak@klepp.kommune.no www.klepp.kommune.no



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


of the 13th century.

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.

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.

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. Tourist Route facility with public toilets and information. 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

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.

KLEPPELUNDEN is a lush and sheltered park/ nature area. There is an illuminated trail here, which takes you past 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.

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.



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).

Concert every full moon night in 2020 at 20.00. Most concerts will be held at Orre outdoor centre (Friluftshuset). 4 - 6 September, Klepp24 festival. See local press or www.klepp.kommune.no for details.


Sola ruinkyrkje church / Photo: Arnt N. Mehus

TOURIST INFORMATION Service desk, Sola municipality Kanalsletta 3, N-4033 Stavanger Tel.: +47 51 65 33 00 Open Mon. - Fri. 08.00 - 15.30 www.sola.kommune.no

Myklebust seawater pool Photo: Morten E. Hansen

Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/regionstavanger.com




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. More info and opening hours at jaermuseet.no/flyhistorisk. Flyplassvegen 131 Hangaren, Sola Sjø, tel.: +47 51 97 94 20 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. More info and opening hours at www.kystkultursamlingen.no. 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 house, tel: +47 51 65 34 80.

ERLING AND ASTRID STANDING STONES Situated beside Sola Ruin Church, a standing stone was erected in 1934 in memory of Erling Skjalgsson (9751028 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. Harald Fairhair, Norway’s first king, is credited with unifying Norway into one kingdom as a result of winning this legendary battle. There is a trail from Sørnesvågen out to the headland at Ytraberget, where there is also a hill fort.

BEACHES AND SWIMMING 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. The best known are Solastranden, Hellestø, Vigdelstranden and Ølberstranden. Most are easy to find and have their own car park.

WALKS Sola offers many beautiful walking areas. See sola. kommune.no or ut.no 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 sola.kommune.no 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 www.solakulturhus.no for information or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/solakulturhus/

Tungenes lighthouse Photo: Ove Sveinung Tennfjord


Vistnestunet farm museum Photo: Ida Kristin Vollum – Vestfoto

Photo: Ida Kristin Vollum (Vestfoto)

TOURIST INFORMATION Service desk Tel.: +47 51 41 41 00 Open: weekdays 08.00 - 15.30 E-mail: post@randaberg.kommune.no www.randaberg.kommune.no www.visitstavanger.com



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 www.jaermuseet.no/tungenesfyr. VISTNESTUNET FARM MUSEUM Traditional Jæren-style 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. 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 FROM VISTE STRANDHOTELL TO VISTNESTUNET MUSEUMSGÅRD This is an easy walk, which it is best to start at Viste strandhotell as it has parking facilities, past Raustein and on to Vistnesvågen. Make a quick detour to Vistehola (Svarthola), which is approx. 100 metres from the sea. In the woods by Vistnestunet, there is a turf-roofed shelter with a beautiful view of the sea. The shelter can be accessed both by wheelchairs and prams if you park at Vistnestunnet (approx. five-minute walk). Remember to close the gates, as sheep graze here for large parts of the year. TUNGENESRUNDEN Tungenesrunden is waymarked, and there are good parking facilities both beside Sandestranden and Tungeneset. This is an easy walk of approx. five kilometres, and it follows the coast

around the northern tip of Jæren. The easiest way to get there is to take a bus, cycle or drive to Tungevågen, where there are parking spaces. The walk takes you from Tungevågen to Randabergbukta bay, and you can take detours to Håbakken and Håbakrullå. If you want even more magnificent views, you can make a detour to Randabergfjellet mountain. 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 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.

FERRY TRIPS 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 25 Vårmarken (spring market) 26 Vistnestunet opens for the season SEPTEMBER 26 Høstmarken (autumn market) 27 Tractor and threshing day, Vistnestunet NOVEMBER 22 Christmas at Vistnestunet At www.randabergkulturscene.no, you will find the cultural programme for Varen Randaberg cultural centre and Tungenes Lighthouse.



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.

TOURIST INFORMATION Strandkaien 61, N-4005 Stavanger Tel: +47 51 85 92 00 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. www.regionstavanger.com

Øvre Holmegate. Photo: ©brian tallman photograpy

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 CULTURAL CITY STAVANGER Stavanger is a rich cultural city, and was one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2008. Among other things, Stavanger has consolidated its position as a destination for street art, and hosts the annual street art festival, Nuart. The festival wishes to encourage debate by challenging established ideas about what art is, and what it can be. The street art works are exhibited across the region, and provide a magnificent, visual experience that make an indelible impression. SØLVBERGET Stavanger’s public library and cultural centre is the region’s cultural meeting place, and is situated in the heart of the charming city centre. The public library is of course free, and is a popular hangout spot in the city with room for everyone. There are lots of activities for adults and children alike at Sølvberget. You can relax with a good book, see interesting exhibitions or learn more about the wellknown Norwegian writer Alexander Kielland at the Kiellandsenteret. Sølvberggata 2, 4006 Stavanger. Tel. 51 50 74 65. www.stavanger-kulturhus.no.

STAVANGER CONCERT HALL The city’s concert hall hosts exciting entertainment and cultural events in different musical genres. You can see concerts with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, or national and international performers. The concert hall has two beautiful halls, an atrium and a good restaurant. Sandvigå 1, 4007 Stavanger www.stavanger-konserthus.no. LOTS OF FESTIVALS The rich cultural scene permeates the city’s day-today life. This is particularly evident in the 30 plus festivals organised in the area. In Stavanger, you can experience everything from the music festival Utopia to the food festival Gladmatfestivalen, which brings more than 200,000 people to Vågen every July. OLD STAVANGER Before the oil industry came to Stavanger, the city made its living from fishing and various forms of industry. People lived close together, and the city consisted mostly of small wooden houses. The city centre has now been modernised, but large areas of these old wooden buildings have been preserved. You can therefore visit Northern Europe’s best preserved collections of wooden houses in Old Stavanger. The area is made up of 173 wooden houses that were built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. People still live in the area, and the residents decorate their gardens during summer with beautiful flowers. MEDIEVAL CHURCHES Four medieval churches can be found in the City of Stavanger. Stavanger Cathedral is located in the middle of the city centre. According to legend, the cathedral was built in 1125, making it one of the oldest churches in the country. The church is currently being renovated,

Town square. Photo: Elisabeth Tønnesen

Old Stavanger. Photo: Gunhild Vevik

Photo: ©brian tallman photograpy



and will be closed from 1 May 2020. The cathedral remains a spectacular sight, however, and a natural focal point in the city centre. Three of Norway’s oldest stone churches can be found on the islands Talgje, Finnøy and Rennesøy. The churches on Talgje, Hesby and Sørbø are believed to have been built between 1130 and 1230, and they all stand exposed to the weather at the ocean’s edge, giving you a sense of how the forces of nature have influenced life on the islands. MUSEUM OF ARCHEOLOGY The area around Stavanger has been inhabited for thousands of years. A number of archaeological findings have been made in the region, and many of them are exhibited at Stavanger Museum of Archaeology. The museum’s Iron Age Farm at Ullandhaug recently opened a brand new visitor centre with its own café and exhibitions from different time periods. The museum offers a wide range of activities, providing insight into how people used to live. 1 September – 30 April: Thurs. 11–20, Wed. – Sat. 11–15, Sun. 11–16, closed Mondays. Opening times until 20 March 2020: the exhibitions at the Museum of Archaeology are closed due to work on new exhibitions. THE VIKINGS ARE BACK Through series and films, the world has rediscovered the blood-thirsty and fearless Vikings. Stavanger’s proximity to the sea made the area an obvious place for the Vikings to settle. At the Museum of Archaeology, you can learn more about the Viking influence in the region. New archaeological findings show that Stavanger was a ‘Kaupang’, where people traded goods and services in the Viking Age. Harald Fairhair united Norway into one kingdom in the battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 AD, where the majestic monument Swords in Rock (Sverd i fjell) can be

Fjøløy Lighthouse. Photo: Elisabeth Tønnesen The islnds. Photo: Grim Bergenle Film

The Pulpit Rock. Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS / Region Stavanger


found today. At the newly opened Viking House in Stavanger, you can watch exciting virtual reality films that tell the story of the first Viking king.

FJORDS & MOUNTAINS UNIQUE SCENERY Stavanger is the perfect destination for those who want to experience spectacular scenery. Stavanger is located in the midst of tall mountains and deep fjords. This makes the city the perfect starting point for day trips to experience the Norwegian scenery. A visit to the beautiful Lysefjord is a must when you visit Stavanger. The Lysefjord can been seen by boat or by walking up to the world famous Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). This distinctive mountain formation towers 604 metres above the fjord, and thousands of selfies are taken here every year. The Kjerag Bolt is another attraction that is gaining popularity, 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 becoming an increasingly popular destination. Another trip that might be a little less known is walking up the Flørlitrappene steps. The 4,444 steps take you from the bottom of the Lysefjord to 740 metres above sea level. There is no road to the old industrial village, but the steps start at Flørli ferry quay, which means you can get there by boat from Stavanger city centre. These are some of the ways you can get to the Lysefjord: LYSEFJORD AND PULPIT ROCK 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. www. rodne.no.

GO LYSEFJORD CRUISE WITH GO FJORDS See idyllic islands, the beautiful Lysefjord and the majestic Pulpit Rock. tel. (+47) 480 60 333, gofjords.com. Available 2 May–26 September 2020 THE FJORDS SIGHTSEEING ON A TOURIST CAR FERRY on the Lysefjord. Experience the magnificent Lysefjord from the deck of a tourist car ferry, which takes you all the way up the Lysefjord. Only available during the summer months. Tel. (+47) 57 63 14 00, www.thefjords.no.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FLOR & FJÆRE Exotic garden and restaurant on the island Sør-Hidle in Ryfylke, 20 minutes by boat from Stavanger. See tropical palms and lush flowers surrounded by the magnificent scenery of Ryfylke. International cuisine is served at the restaurant. Sør-Hidle, Ryfylke. Tel. (+47) 51 11 00 00 www.florogfjare.no. CITY WALKS If you would like to do a city walk, there is an overview of over 52 walks on the City of Stavanger’s website. You find walks close to the city centre with different levels of difficulty. www.stavanger.kommune.no/kultur-og-fritid/turog-natur/52-hverdagsturer/

MUSEUM STAVANGER The Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Kjeringholmen 1A. As the oil capital of Norway, Stavanger is the perfect place to learn how the Norwegian oil boom started, and how it has influenced and continues to influence Norwegian society. The Norwegian Canning Museum, Øvre Strandgate 88 & 90. A living museum in an old canning factory in the heart of Old Stavanger. Closed until November 2020 due to renovation.

Stavanger Art Museum, Henrik Ibsens gate 55. You can experience the works of important Stavanger artists such as Frida Hansen and Lars Hertevig, in addition to temporary exhibitions of Norwegian and international artists. 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. Kunsthall Stavanger, Madlaveien 33. Independent art venue with temporary exhibitions of international contemporary art.

WHAT’S ON JANUARY 10 Final – ‘Det norske måltid’ cookery competition MARCH 25 –28 Stavanger Vinfest. Festival focusing on food and wine. APRIL 25 Siddisløpet race. Race around Stokkavannet lake in Stavanger MAY 4 –10 Maijazz. Renowned jazz festival in Stavanger and Sandnes. 17 Constitution Day with children’s parade and cultural events JUNE 6 Musikkfest festival. Local musicians play for free on different stages across Stavanger city centre.

12 –13 The music festival Mablis in Stavanger 13 Nordsjørittet. Norway’s second largest mountain bike race 1 –13 Altibox Norway Chess 2020. International chess tournament in the Stavanger region JULY 20 Fishing festival on Sjernarøy for the 51st time, Finnøy 22 –25 Gladmatfestivalen. Food and culture festival, Stavanger AUGUST 4 –9 International Chamber Music Festival 20 –23 Tomatfestivalen. A different kind of food festival on Finnøy. 28–29 Utopia Stavanger. City festival focusing on pop and electronica music SEPTEMBER 3 Social Media Days Stavanger 16 –20 Kapittel 20. International literature festival in Stavanger 16 –27 Forskningsdagene 2020. Research festival in Stavanger and Sandnes

THE ISLANDS The close proximity to the sea has led the people of the region to live by and from the sea. Author and Stavanger native, Alexander Kielland, described people’s relationship to the sea as follows: ‘They live their whole life with their faces turned towards the sea. The ocean is their company, their guide, their friend and enemy, their trade and their graveyard’. With over 250 islands, Stavanger has everything a large modern city can offer, while visitors can also experience everything from the idyllic archipelago to the brute force of the North Sea. TRAVEL LIKE THE LOCALS Travelling like the locals can be an interesting way of getting to know the region. Through the project, ‘Travel like the locals’ you can enjoy ‘package tours’ on public transport.

By using the local transport company Kolumbus, you will get an authentic experience of how the locals live, and also get to experience exciting destinations. Order through: https://tltl.no/no UTSTEIN MONASTERY One of the real gems of the archipelago can be found where Harald Hairfair established his royal seat. Today, it is home to Norway’s only preserved medieval monastery. The monastery is situated in beautiful surroundings on Mosterøy, a 30-minute drive from Stavanger city centre. The monastery was built in 1260, but some parts of the building may be older, and originate from earlier royal estates. 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. Today, the monastery is run as a museum, conference centre, function room and concert venue. Ulstein monastery is a historical gem that should be experienced. THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF THE ISLANDS Have provided fantastic walking trails. The landscape of the Rennesøy islands is shaped by their long and rich agricultural history. The many livestock that have grazed here have formed a green and almost park-like cultural landscape. This is a landscape of great biological and cultural history value, which it is very important to preserve. The eight islands therefore provide wonderful opportunities for boat enthusiasts, nature lovers and those interested in culture and history. Marked walking path are everywhere, and vary from the cultural path on the island of Bru, which provides both art and nature experiences, to more invigorating walks to Rennesøyhodnet and Pilå. A varied shore landscape offers small local harbours and large marinas, lovely swimming spots, small areas of woodland, islets and smooth bare rocks. FJØLØY The locals enjoy taking trips out to Fjøløy where you will find, among other things, Fjøløy

Utopia. Photo: Vipe Productions


Tomatoes. Photo: Bjarte Vestbø

Photo: Elisabeth Tønnesen

Finnøy. Photo: Monica Larsen


lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1849, and is beautifully located by the fjord. Its location at the ocean’s edge is beautiful on sunny days, but it also gives you a sense of the huge forces of the ocean. From the lighthouse, you can also continue along a walking path along the sea to Fjøløy fort. The fort, which was built during WWII, has now been converted into one of the region’s most exciting outdoor recreation areas, where you can combine real natural experiences with Norwegian war and post-war history. TOMATOES Did you know that 40% of all Norwegian tomatoes are produced on Finnøy? This makes Finnøy the natural place to host the tomato festival, which has been held 17 years running. With activities such as treasure hunts, concerts, lectures and exhibitions, it is an event that suits the whole family, and is definitely worth a visit. THE GERMAN CAVES (TYSKERHÅLENE) In a creative ambulatory theatre performance, Ryfylke Livsgnist takes visitors back to the 1940s, when the Nazi occupation left its mark on the island of Finnøy. By combining tragedy and comedy, local actors show the impact of the occupying forces on the islanders. In addition to the gripping and funny play, there will also be a film and live music inside the rock formation. The theatre performance lasts 1.5–2 hours, and after the performance, you can order food and sample local delicacies such as Gongkaker pancakes with tomato jam. NOTE: Contact Ryfylke Livsgnist to book. CYCLING TRIPS Little traffic, relatively flat terrain and good ferry connections make it easy and pleasurable to cycle around Finnøy, regardless of skills. Experience wonderful scenery, unique stone churches, small villages with shops and great bathing spots when you cycle across the islands Fogn, Sjernarøy and Finnøy.




©Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life 2011


TOURIST INFORMATION Bokn service desk. Bokn, N-5561 Bokn Open: weekdays: 8.30-15.00 Tel.: +47 52 75 25 00 E-mail: post@bokn.kommune.no www.bokn.kommune.no


Klepp Fort Photo: Ida Kristin Vollum / Vestfoto

Photo: Tom-Inge Aksdal

Sunnalandsstraumen Canal Photo: Nordsjøvegen



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. www.kyrkjaibokn.no. 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. www.haugalandmuseene.no. 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 and football pitch. Føresvik Harbour bathing spot with sandy bottom in the centre of Føresvik. WALKING AREAS Mount Boknafjellet 293 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 www.bokn.kommune.no


Meet the Vikings at the Viking farm at Avaldsnes Photo:: Camilla Vandvik

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. Avaldsnes is one of the stops along the fjord pilgrim route to Nidaros. 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.

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 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.

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 bike, kayak, canoe and boat hire: www.visitkarmoy.no.

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! Skudeneshavn museum also provides a good insight into the town’s history. Open in summer, otherwise by arrangement.

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

KARMØY TOWN HALL N-4250 Kopervik. Tel. +47 52 85 75 00 SKUDENESHAVN Torget. Tel. +47 52 85 80 00. turist@karmoy.kommune.no OASEN SHOPPING CENTRE, Norheim. Tel. +47 52 83 10 89 informasjonen.oasen@olavthon.no Opening hours see: www.visitkarmoy.no

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. 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. Along

The Statue of Liberty, Visnes Photo: Camilla Vandvik

Åkrasanden - Norway’s most beautiful beach! / Photo: Camilla Vandvik

NORDVEGEN HISTORY CENTRE N-4262 Avaldsnes Tel. +47 52 81 24 00, post@opplevavaldsnes.no

the way, you might encounter a kangaroo, tree leopard and crocodile during the summer season. 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. 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 www.visitkarmoy.no

WHAT’S ON APRIL / MAY 30 - 2  KARMØYGEDDON METAL FESTIVAL Kopervik. www.karmoygeddon.no JUNE 4 - 7  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, www.vikingfestivalen.no

Meet the Vikings at the Viking Fram, Avaldsnes / Photo: Camilla Vandvik


JULY 2 - 5  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. www.skudefestivalen.no JULY / AUGUST 30 - 2  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. www.fiskeridagene.no SEPTEMBER 6 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. www.opplevavaldsnes.no 12 - 13 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. NOVEMBER 4 - 7  SKUDENESHAVN INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE AND CULTURE FESTIVAL (SILK) spreads the joy of reading by hosting cultural experiences in the many exciting venues in Skudneshavn. www.silkfestival.no

Haraldshauegn. Photo: Arthur Halseid


Photo: Scott Sporleder

Haugesund Rådhus (town hall) Vestfoto.no

TOURIST INFORMATION Tel. +47 52 01 08 30 E-mail: post@visithaugesund.no www.visithaugesund.no



Haugesund is located in the heart of the area in which Harald Fairhair united Norway into one kingdom. This charming city has an idyllic city centre located beside Smedasundet sound, where you will find cultural experiences, great restaurants and a wide range of shopping opportunities.

EXPERIENCES 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, 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 Haugesund is home to several respected designers behind brands such as Ernst By Ernst, MeMini and Formbar. They all have their own shops in Haugesund city centre. There are a number of restaurants and bars along Smedasundet sound. 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. Festiviteten – the town’s main cultural venue – is situated close by and stages local and national productions.

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. 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. 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. The coastal path is a walking trail just north of Haugesund city centre. Along the walking trail, you pass Haraldstøtta monument, Kvalen lighthouse and you may encounter the wild sheep that help to preserve the cultural landscape. If you continue past the lighthouse, you can visit the sculptures ‘The Rising Tide’ by Jason deCaires Taylor, installed in Kvalsvik. RØVÆR – THE HOSPITABLE ISLAND An island, which is home to 110 people and just a 25-minute boat trip from the centre of Haugesund. Experience a vibrant and car-free island community where hospitality is central to life. Relax and enjoy life on Røvær at a slower pace than usual. The island has a local shop, a chapel, a wharfside warehouse with a summer café, which serves the world’s best potato dumplings, and a lovely culture hotel. You can also 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.

WHAT’S ON APRIL 22 - 25 Song and poetry festival, HAUGESUND 24 - 26 Fartein Valen festival, SVEIO / HAUGESUND MAY 23 Hårfagrerittet, bike race, TYSVÆR/ HAUGESUND JULY 29 - 2.8 PODIUM chamber music festival, HAUGESUND AUGUST 5 - 9 Sildajazz, Haugesund International Jazz Festival, HAUGESUND 13 - 16 Havnadagene (maritime festival), HAUGESUND 15 World’s longest herring buffet, HAUGESUND 15 Amanda Film Award HAUGESUND 15 - 21 The Norwegian Film Festival, HAUGESUND 18 - 21 New Nordic Films, HAUGESUND 21 - 22 Den Festivalen i Vangen (music festival), 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.






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

Houses, apartments and cabins for let with views of the ocean and a walking trail to Lista Lighthouse. We are open all year.

verftet@nyhellesund.com www.nyhellesund.com Booking: +47 975 46 016

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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 ramslandferie@gmail.com



Here you can learn how herring barrels are made, study the history of canning and learn about industry along the coast and its forbearing inhabitants.

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LYNGDAL INN WE SERVE GOOD, HOMEMADE FOOD - EVERY DAY OPEN: MON - FRI 09.00 - 21.00 SATURDAY 10.00 - 18.00 SUNDAY 11.00 - 21.00 TEL.: +47 38 34 61 73

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 double either stay at our familyhotel Rosfjord Strandhotell witch is located at the beach in Lyngdal or at from nok room 11 Lindesnes Havhotell, were the weather, water and nature are all breathtaking. Experience our apartm 45,from nok ent unique cuisine at both hotels. The choice is yours. 900,6

Strandhotellet 383 40 100 www.rosfjord.no

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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 - post@sogndalstrand-kulturhotell.no www.sogndalstrand-kulturhotell.no 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

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Strandgt. 20 N-4380 Hauge i Dalane Tel.: +47 900 29 555 galleri@sogndalstrand.no

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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: post@steinsnescamping.no - www.steinsnescamping.no V






Bus transport and guide services Tailor-made trips in Norway and abroad. Drageland 1, 4380 Hauge i Dalane Tlf.: +47 926 47 413 post@annetur.no


Grand Hotel Egersund

Charming hotel dating from 1895 in the heart of Egersund. 101 hotel rooms. New restaurant specialising in local produce. Fullylicensed bar. The hotel tailors experiences and activities. Johan Feyersgate 3, NO4370 Egersund. Tel. (+47) 51 49 60 60. booking@grand-egersund.no. www.grand-egersund.no - www.eigra.no



Fishing, holliday & relaxation Trosavigveien 213, 4375 Hellvik Tlf.: +47 911 61 377 kristine@hellvikhyttene.no 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





Just off the North Sea Road kari@brusand-camping.no www.brusand-camping.no 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 www.ognacamping.no post@ognacamping.no

KVASSHEIM LIGHTHOUSE Located beside Kvassheim harbour and has been designated the Recreation Lighthouse since 2004. The engine room is a heated shelter for walkers and is also let to companies outside opening hours. The lighthouse keeper’s house has exhibitions on all floors, and the building is accessible by lift. A separate building has an exhibition about the history of the Ingermanland shipwreck. The Assistentboligen house is rented out for overnight stays and is suitable for groups of up to 8 or 12 people. The house is very accessible. Disabled parking by the lighthouse. The lighthouse is part of the Våtmark Jæren visitor centre and is a stop on the National Tourist Route, Jæren. www.jarenfri.no

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 mail@husetvedhavet.no www.husetvedhavet.no, www.husetvedhavet.no




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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: www.hagamleprestegard.no. Telephone: +47 51 79 16 60, E-mail: post.hgp@ha.kommune.no Open: 1 Sept. - 14 May weekdays 11-15, 15 May - 31 Aug. weekdays 11-17. All year, Sat. & Sun., 12-17. Closed on mondays.

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. leie.obrestadfyr@ha.kommune.no Photo: Hå gamle prestegard


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 - www.obrestadhytte.com

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: brekkebua@obrestadhytte.com 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: stolpabua@obrestadhytte.com UTM32N coordinates: N 6506760 E 300940




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). olberg.camping@gmail.com / jarenfri.no 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


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. post@brynekro.no - www.brynekro.no



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 www.byrkjedalstunet.no


Experience Participate Explore ce centers n ie c s d n ms a n 13 museu he Rogaland Regio ut t througho jaermuseet.no | Ph.: +47 47 77 60 20





Cottage rental all year Ålgårdslåtten 3, 4330 Ålgård Tel. 0047 51 61 75 76 E-mail: i-lima@online.no www.kongeparkencamping.no



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







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Skiing in wintertime. Climbing park, mountaincart, climbingwalls and canoeing in summer we are perfect for the active family. SIRDAL RESORT Tel.: +47 51 20 81 80. www.sirdal-skisenter.no


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’ www.sageneset.no / E-mail: feriesenter@sageneset.no


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. info@regionstavanger.com, www.regionstavanger.com



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 pnornes@online.no, www.norneshuset.no Nordnes 7, 4280 Skudeneshavn 25




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



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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...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 museumstavanger.no 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.



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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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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.


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Brufjell caves, Flekkefjord


MAGMA UNESCO GLOBAL 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 Global 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 Global Geopark, with its unique European geology, is one of 140 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 UNESCO Global Geopark. www.nordsjovegen.no

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Weather at Lista

HONEST NATURE, ART AND CULTURE Come for the birds, the waves, the light, the beaches, the gentle breeze or the storm gusts.. WELCOME – WHATEVER THE WEATHER!

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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 www.eigersund.kommune.no 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 shut-down 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 www.jarenfri.no.for more information. Email: post@jarenfri.no


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 21 to August 16 from 13-15. In July, it is also open on Saturdays from 13-15. Contact Kvitsøy municipality for more information; www.kvitsoy.kommune.no.





Listed lighthouse built in 1873. Exhibitions and overnight accommodation. Collaboration with Hå Old Vicarage nearby. The Lighthouse Museum is open on Sundays from 3 May. In July, the museum is open everyday except Mondays. Contact Hå Old Vicarage on tel.: +47 51 79 16 60, or see www.hagamleprestegard. no 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 (www.jaermuseet.no) 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 23 may to 23 August, every day, 12-15. Contact Utsira Overnatting, tel. (+47) 91242714 or see www.utsira.net



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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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The North Sea Road - Norway's most attractive travel route  

Travel in the footsteps of the Vikings and experience the spectacular scenery and culture along the south coast of Western Norway. A fantast...

The North Sea Road - Norway's most attractive travel route  

Travel in the footsteps of the Vikings and experience the spectacular scenery and culture along the south coast of Western Norway. A fantast...