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THE NORTH SEA ROUTE 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 - Egersund Egersund - Sola Sola - Bokn Bokn - Haugesund Total length

Length 57 km 154 km 64 km 79 km 47 km 41 km 442 km

Estimated driving-time 1 H 15 min 2 H 45 min 1 H 15 min 1HT 15 min 1 H 30 min 45 min

































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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. Follow the Rv509 road past Snøde and Kvernevik to Randaberg. Join the Kyrkjeveien road and follow the signs to the E39 road. Follow the E39, towards Haugesund/Bergen. 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. Follow the signs. When you have passed Vestre and Austre

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. When you get out of the tunnel in Randaberg, take the first exit onto Randabergveien road. Take a left turn onto Goaveien road. At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto Kyrkjeveien road. Then follow the signs towards Sola airport. 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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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.


©Photo: Roger Ellingsen

©Photo: Roger Ellingsen



©Photo: Roger Ellingsen / Nasjonal Turistveg Jæren

©Photo: Helge Stikbakke

©Photo: Helge Stikbakke

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




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

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

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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.

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Photo: Eduardo Photo: Visit Farsund


Photo: Eduardo Grund /Region Stavanger


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



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Up close experiences

CYCLING THE NORTH SEA ROUTE! Your body has settled into a rhythm now. You are moving briskly along on tarmac or gravel roads. Through woods, over hills and through open country.

The whole of the North Sea cycle route is 6,000 kilometres long and goes through the UK, @Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Since 2003, the route has held the Guinness world record as the world’s longest continuous signposted cycle route. Choose one of the most beautiful stretches, between Egersund and Sola in (also called Jærruta). You will cycle along the beaches of Jæren in a light that has inspired both painters, photographers, and writers. If you want a longer trip, you can continue northwards to Stavanger and Haugesund, or the opposite way towards Kristiansand in Southern Norway. Spend the nights in hotels and small guest houses, lighthouses, and cabins, or at campsites. You will find plenty of eateries along the way, many which base their menus on local produce. And why not do as the locals – buy a bag of shrimp

and eat them on white bread with mayo on the pier? 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. SAFETY ON TWO WHEELS When cycling on the roads in Norway, the same rules and road signs apply to you as to cars and other vehicles: • Keep to the right. • Give way to those coming from your right. • Do not drink and bike. You may cycle on the pavement but adapt your speed. You may not cycle on motorways and dual carriageways. Only children under the age of 10 may be carried as passengers. Always wear a helmet when cycling. A high visibility vest is a good idea, especially on busy roads.


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


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

Lynx Dyreparken / Photo: 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 history exhibitions all year. An exhibition about the Stone Age describes how Norway’s oldest skull, belonging to the Stone Age woman ‘Sol’ who lived around 9,800 years ago, was found. Hitler’s secret weapon in Southern Norway – a one-man Biber submarine – is exhibited inside the rock formation behind the cultural centre. Søgne Old Church is one of the biggest attractions in Søgne. The church dates back to 1640, and it is the oldest timber-frame church. Inside, you find beautiful decorations, carvings, wall and ceiling paintings in Rococo and Baroque styles.

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.

Hellesund, Olavsundet. Photo Vidar Moløkken Søgne Old church. Photo: Erling Slyngstad Hægeland

Photo: Midt-Agder Friluftsråd


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. In Høllen, you can also walk along the new beach path towards Åros, a beautiful and easily accessible walk suitable for everyone. Høllegada is a picturesque collection of old and well-preserved wooden houses, in which people still live.

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. The car park is located next to the North Sea Road, approx. 8 km after turning off at Vågsbygdveien towards Langenes and Søgne.

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 Free 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 are often exhibitions and activities for adults and children alike at the cultural centre, the rural museum and the surrounding areas. There’s always something on in Kristiansand! Concerts, summer markets, fairs, exhibitions. Concerts, shows, sports events and lots more. Check the calendar at There’s something for everyone!




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Peder Austrud©Visit Sørlandet

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



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 Norway’s southernmost lighthouse and is located in a landscape protection area in the Lindesnes archipelago. On nice summer days, the island is a very popular destination. 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 JULY Concerts every Wednesday, and many other concerts in town AUGUST 12 - 15 Seafood Festival in Mandal. Download the app Visit Lindesnes for a full overview.


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TOURIST INFORMATION Visiting address: Several self-operated tourist information sites throughout the municipality Tel.: +47 906 12 688 E-mail: LISTA LIGHTHOUSE INFORMATION CENTRE OPEN ALL YEAR

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Lista Lighthouse Photo: Arild Nielsen

Lomesanden. Photo VisitSørlandet


FARSUND & LISTA Long sandy beaches and room for everyone.

EXPERIENCES LISTA LIGHTHOUSE 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, Accommodation in lighthouse apartments, a gift shop and a café. LISTASTRENDENE BEACHES Mile-long sandy beaches with white, soft powdery sand extend along the coast of Lista. The beaches are popular bathing spots and for walks all year round. Farsund beach is located in walking distance of the town centre and has a diving tower and a unique sauna with a view of the sea. See for more information. CYCLING IN FARSUND Experience the unique Lista from your bike. The Vita Velo Vest-Lista route follows a signposted cycling route through the cultural landscape between Lista Lighthouse and Varnes Lighthouse. The Vita Velo Huseby route takes you through the sandy dune landscape at Husebybukten and Lomsesanden. You can hire both electric and regular bikes at Lista Lighthouse throughout the year and from the Tourist Information in the centre of town in the summer. See for more information.

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 The Coastal Route goes from Loshavn in east to Varnes in West. In Farsund, there are many walking areas, with several kilometres of

waymarked trails. Visit 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 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

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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: • The pedestrian street with many small niche shops • Street art in Flekkefjord • Cafés and restaurants (www.opplevflekkefjord. no/#serveringssteder) 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 at Sandviga 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! 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 and accommodation 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. Many of the buildings in Amsterdam still contain oak and granite from Flekkefjord. 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 good range of restaurants, whether you’re looking for local seafood

experiences, traditional fare, stone oven baked pizza, local pastries or Asian food. The town also has a microbrewery with a pub and concert venue. You will find a complete list of the restaurants and pubs in the town at

ACCOMMODATION Flekkefjord has two newly renovated hotels (centrally located) in the town centre. The venerable and traditional Grand Hotel and the modern Maritim Fjordhotel. We also have a popular campsite on the outskirts of the town. In Hidra, you can stay the night in the art project Små Hytter or the charming Kongshamn Gjestgiveri. Find accommodation that suits you here:

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

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

WHAT’S ON Flekkefjord hosts lots of activities and festivals throughout the year for children and adults alike. See what’s on at



Information can also be obtained at Joker Supermarked in Åna-Sira, Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell, YX Sokndal and Bakkaåno Camping & Gjestegard.


Photo: Nils Jacobsen

TOURIST INFORMATION Gamleveien 20, N-4380 Hauge i Dalane Tel.: +47 51 47 06 00

Lille Presteskjær Lighthouse. Photo: Nils Jacobsen The picnic area in the tunnel. Photo: Nils Jacobsen

Helleren in Jøssingfjord / Photo: Eduardo Grund /Region Stavanger

SOKNDAL - the good life -

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

EXPERIENCES SOKNDAL CHURCH Sokndal has a beautiful wooden church dating from 1803 with a 17thcentury pulpit and altarpiece. Guided tours by arrangement, tel.: +47 51 47 70 03. THE RUGGESTEINEN ROCKING ROCK Northern Europe’s biggest rocking rock, weighing approx. 74 tonnes, is found at Indre Åmodt. You can walk another 3 kilometres on the gravel path until you come to the abandoned Blåfjell mines. LILLE PRESTESKJÆR LIGHTHOUSE is situated out at the ocean’s edge not far from Rekefjord. You can get there by boat or on the waymarked trail from Nordfjord. The lighthouse can be hired for meetings, functions and accommodation. HELLEREN AND THE JØSSINGFJORD are other unique sites. Two old houses dating from the end of the 18th century, situated under an overhanging cliff. The Jøssingfjord is associated with the ‘Altmark/Cossack affair’ during World War II. There are many lovely, waymarked trails in the area. The building of Jøssingfjord Science Museum started in 2020 and will be completed in 2022, If you cycle to the area, you should visit THE PICNIC AREA IN A TUNNEL on the west side of the Jøssingfjord. It is possible to spend the night in a hammock inside the tunnel. A truly unique experience! In the idyllic fishing village NESVÅG, you will find

Nesvaag maritime and engine museum, which has a collection of old boat engines, fishing equipment and maritime objects. It is possible to hire a rowing boat or go on a trip on the fishing vessel MS Sjødis. The building of a large regional motor sports centre started in 2020 and will be completed in summer 2021. 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 Magma Unesco Global Geopark,

EATING OUT Have something to eat at Lille Haua, Kaffidyret in the town centre or at Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell.

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.

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.

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

WHAT’S ON MAY 28 - 30 Sokndalsdagene. Local festival featuring market stalls, entertainment and general hustle and bustle. JULI 16. Concert with Henning Kvitnes og Gutta i bandet at Sogndalstrand Amfi. SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 26 - 3 ‘Kjærlighedsvego’ love week in Sokndal. A range of big and small events. 4 Ceremony to mark Francis of Assisi’s memorial day at Fredsvarden peace monument at Myssa. Concerts and events are also held Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell




Photo: Arne Ove Østebrøt

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 Tel. +47 474 88 409


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. Try out our new cultural trail with town history signs – a route with 14 signs among the old wooden houses. The trail features many beautiful photos from the Dalane Folk Museum archives, in addition to interesting facts and curiosities. The cultural trail is suitable for anyone who wants to do a lovely walk and explore the centre of Egersund at the same time. Complete the walk by walking up to Varberg and the rock carvings. After the town walk, visit the Chocolate factory and the Faiance Museum, where you can have a cup of coffee and enjoy Elveparken park nearby.

ACTIVITIES 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!

Gamle Jærbanen / Photo: Arne Ove Østebrøt

Eigerøy Lighthouse /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!

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! You can also book to stay a night in Eigerøy lighthouse-keeper’s house. A café is open on Sundays in the summer season.

the Trollpikken treasure hunt.

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. If you want to get the most out of the trip and learn something new about the surrounding environment, download the Magma geopark app and find a treasure hunt called Geobike Egersund – Hellvik.


THE ICONIC TROLLPIKKEN ROCK Trollpikken became world famous in 2017 when someone decided to cut it off from the rock formation where it had remained hidden for almost 10,000 years. It now makes for a great walk with family or friends, and is worth seeing if you happen to be in Egersund. Bring a swimming costume in the summer, it’s fun to have a dip in the potholes on the way to Trollpikken rock. You can either drive or cycle to get to Trollpikken rock. For a more interactive and rewarding experience, download the Teachout app and do

PLAY ALONG THE COAST! Hire a kayak or paddle board and embark on an adventure along the coast or paddle on one of the 6,000 lakes in Magma Geopark. Or try coasteering, where you head for the ocean’s edge in a wet suit, shoes, helmet and life jacket. There, you can also play and explore the nature and test your own boundaries. A lot of fun, however old you are!

Wide range of shops within easy reach. Shopping in Egersund is a delight to the eye both inside and outside the shops. The shops are located in narrow streets of old wooden houses, with a shopping centre practically right next door. Shopping in Egersund is known for its pleasant atmosphere and, not least, first-rate service. Egersund also has cosy cafés, some of which have sheltered backyards and patios. There is a chocolate factory 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 Egersund is known for its charming and traditional Christmas market, but there is always something going on! Egersund Visefestival, Dalane Bluesfestival, Egersundsugå, Høstmarken and many other concerts, exhibitions and workshops. See our calendar:


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:

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. The shore burial ground from the Age of Migration in Hå is one of the finest burial grounds in the Nordic countries and dates from around 200 to 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. 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

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.

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

OGNA CHURCH The medieval walls dating from 1250 are the main elements of this restored church, consecrated 5 June 1995.


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.

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. OBRESTAD LIGHTHOUSE is situated in an elevated

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WALKING AREAS Kongevegen trail, 10 km. The Western Norway Trunk Road Ogna - Hellvik. Unused road in undulating mountain terrain. Cycling standard. 7 km. Hanabergsmarka cultural landmark and outdoor recreation area, 2.5 km. Haugstadskogen forest, 3.2 km circular walk 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:,, and

Surfing at Jæren. Photo Tord Paulsen


Photo: Helge Stikbakke / Statens vegvesenl


TOURIST INFORMATION Klepp bibliotek, Solavegen 1, 4351 Kleppe Jærhagen, Solavegen 25, 4351 Kleppe

Jærstrendene beaches

Midgardsormen bridge across Frøylandsvatnet lake Photo: Reidar Hebnes

If you are visiting Klepp and would like information about attractions, activities and places to visit etc, you will find brochures in the library and at Jærhagen shopping centre.



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 2021 at 20.00. Most concerts will be held at Orre outdoor centre (Friluftshuset). 3 - 5 September, Klepp24 festival. See local press or for details.

Sola ruinkyrkje church / Photo: Arnt N. Mehus Myklebust seawater pool Photo: Morten E. Hansen

Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/

TOURIST INFORMATION Service desk, Sola municipality Rådhusveien 21, 4050 Sola Tel.: +47 51 65 33 00 Open Mon. - Fri. 08.00 - 15.30



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) Jærmuseet museum’s collection in Sømmevågen provides a unique insight into Norwegian aviation history from WWII and up to the present. Here, you can see more than 30 historical planes, and various exhibitions in the old hangar built during World War II. A war history exhibition has recently opened in the Torpedo Workshop with emphasis on the local personal stories of those who experienced the war. The opening hours for both exhibitions can be found at 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 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.

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

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

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



Mile upon mile of beautiful, long sandy beaches and large sand dunes await you in Sola.

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

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.

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




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 on your doorstep.

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.

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. The restaurants RE-NAA and Sabi Omakase have both been awarded stars by the renowned Michelin guide. You have to book a table well in advance at these restaurants. THE CULTURAL CITY STAVANGER Stavanger is also a city of rich culture. Stavanger has, among other things, cemented its position as a street art destination. Spectacular murals bring life to the urban landscape, and Stavanger hosts the street art festival Nuart, which aims to spark debate by challenging preconceptions about what art is, and what art can be. The art works make for a magnificent and unforgettable visual experience. 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 well-known Norwegian writer Alexander Kielland at the Kiellandsenteret. Sølvberggata 2, 4006 Stavanger. Tel. 51 50 74 65. 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 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. In old Stavanger, you can visit Northern Europe’s best preserved wooden buildings. The area is made up of 173 wooden buildings that were erected in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Old Stavanger is still a popular place to live, and the residents decorate their gardens during summer with beautiful flowers. Øvre Strandgate, 4005 Stavanger FARGEGATA – THE COLOURFUL STREET It’s over 14 years since the hairdresser Tom Kjørsvik came up with the idea to paint the houses in Øvre Holmegata street in different colours. The street has become known as Fargetgata (the colourful street), and its cafés, pubs and small niche shops are popular among the locals. It has also become a tourist attraction and one of the most photographed places in the city. RICH HISTORY The area around Stavanger has been inhabited for thousands of years. Stavanger’s proximity to the sea made the area a natural place for the Vikings to settle. New archaeological finds show that Stavanger was a ‘Kaupang’, where people traded goods and services in the Viking Age. It was also here that Harald Fairhair united Norway into one kingdom following the battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 AD. The majestic monument Swords in Rock (Sverd i fjell) has been erected on the site where the battle is said to have taken place.

Town square. Photo: Elisabeth Tønnesen

Old Stavanger. Photo: Gunhild Vevik

Photo: ©brian tallman photograpy



MEDIEVAL CHURCHES Five medieval churches can be found in the City of Stavanger. Stavanger Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in Norway, and was built, according to legend, in 1125. The cathedral is currently closed due to renovation work. The cathedral is nonetheless a spectacular sight, however, and a natural focal point in the city centre. The church at Utstein Monastery is also one of a kind, and you will find three of Norway’s oldest stone churches 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 in exposed locations at the ocean’s edge, and give you a sense of how the forces of nature have influenced life on these islands.

MUSEUM STAVANGER The Museum of Archaeology Many of the archaeological finds made in the region are exhibited at the Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger at Peder Klows gate 30A, in close proximity to the city centre. The open air Iron Age Farm (Jernaldergården), which is part of the Museum of Archaeology is located at Ullandhaug and houses an exciting visitor centre. 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

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

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


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. Holmeegenes, Eiganesveien 64. Former country mansion and plant, dating back to the 1860s. It has a great collection of objects from the period between WWI and 1950. Kunsthall Stavanger, Madlaveien 33. Independent art venue with temporary exhibitions of international contemporary art.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES BOTANICAL GARDEN It has plants from all over the world with a total of 3,000 species and strains. Here you can sit on the bench and enjoy the view of Jæren, the North Sea and Hafrsfjord, or relax on the grass with a tasty snack. The garden is always open and admission is free. WALKS CLOSE TO THE CITY CENTRE Walks around Breiavatnet or Mosvannet lakes, close to the city centre, are accessible and easy. You can also climb up Bandåsen, which, at 513 metres above sea level, is the highest summit in the Ryfylke islands. On the City of Stavanger’s website, you can find 52 suggestions for walks. The walks are close to the city centre, with different levels of

difficulty. CYCLING IN STAVANGER is adapted for cycling. Cycling routes and paths bind the region together, and it’s easy to find parking spaces for bikes. You can also hire bikes and if you buy a public transport ticket through Kolumbus, you will also be able to use the city bikes found all over Stavanger. SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT Stavanger has worked on sustainable development for many years. In Hillevåg, just outside Stavanger city centre, you will find a mobility hub with shared transport such as electric bikes and cars. Another sustainable option is to rent an E-Twizy through the tourist office. The cars have a GPS, which includes suggestions for walks.

FJORDS & MOUNTAINS UNIQUE SCENERY Stavanger is set among high mountains and deep fjords, and it is the perfect destination for those looking for spectacular scenery. Stavanger is a great point of departure for day trips in Norwegian nature. 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 an attraction that is gaining popularity, and although the walk there is physically challenging, the rock bolt that is wedged in a crack in the rock 1,000 metres above the sea is a popular destination. Walking up the Flørli steps is a less well-known trip. The 4,444 steps take you from the bottom of the Lysefjord to 740 metres above sea level. There is no road to

Flørli, 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. GO LYSEFJORD CRUISE WITH GO FJORDS See idyllic islands, the beautiful Lysefjord and the majestic Pulpit Rock. tel. (+47) 480 60 333, 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,

WHAT’S ON JANUARY 5 Final – ‘Det norske måltid’ cookery competition MARCH 17 – 20 Stavanger Vinfest. Festival focusing on food and wine. APRIL 24 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 12 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 10 – 15 International Chamber Music Festival 19 – 22 Tomatfestivalen. A different kind of food festival on Finnøy. 27 – 28 Utopia Stavanger. City festival focusing on pop and electronica music SEPTEMBER 3 Social Media Days Stavanger 16 – 20 Kapittel 21. International literature festival in Stavanger 16 – 27 Forskningsdagene 2021. Research festival in Stavanger and Sandnes OCTOBER 25 Night at the museum

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 the people of Rogaland’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 Travel like the locals offers package tours on public transport. Using the local transport company Kolumbus, you will get an authentic experience of how the locals live, and also get to experience exciting destinations. UTSTEIN MONASTERY One of the real gems of the archipelago can be found where Norway’s first King; 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 varied shore landscape offers small local harbours and large marinas, lovely bathing spots, small areas of woodland,

Utopia. Foto: Vipe Productions


Tomatoes. Photo: Bjarte Vestbø

Photo: Elisabeth Tønnesen

Finnøy. Photo: Monica Larsen


islets and smooth bare rocks along the coast. FJØLØY The locals enjoy taking trips out to Fjøløy where you will find, among other things, Fjøløy 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 walking on a good path along the sea to Fjøløy Fort. The fort from WWII, has now been converted into one of the region’s most exciting outdoor recreation areas, where you can combine nature 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 annual tomato festival. 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) Visitors are taken back to WWII through a creative ambulatory theatre performance. Combining tragedy and comedy, local actors show the impact of the occupying forces on the islanders. In addition to the gripping and amusing play, film and live music events take place inside the rock formation. 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

34 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:



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 is a charming and lively market in the middle of the village. The fantastic coastline around the Randaberg peninsula is not far from the centre. Here, you can experience white sandy beaches, smooth, bare rocks and a beautiful cultural landscape of coastal heathland and a latticework of drystone walls that are typical of the region. A drive or walk in Randaberg is a good option if you need a break from city life. TUNGENES LIGHTHOUSE One of the region’s most unique destinations is situated on the northern tip of Jæren. The lighthouses along Norway’s extensive coastline have a unique appeal. Tungenes Lighthouse is one of the lighthouses that is easiest to get to in the region. Its history dates back to 1828, and it has a great vantage point of the approach to Stavanger. Magnificent nature experiences await whatever the weather or time of year. Tungenes Lighthouse is now a listed building, and is run as a museum. It is an important cultural arena in the region, and hosts exhibitions and concerts, and has a café, which serves delicious cakes, among other things. For more information about opening hours, exhibitions and events, see VISTNESTUNET FARM MUSEUM Traditional Jæren-style buildings are the region’s most important contribution to Norwegian building customs and architectural his-

tory. 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. 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. A detour to Randabergfjellet mountain on the way will be rewarded with an impressive view. 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 24 Vårmarken (spring market) 25 Vistnestunet opens for the season SEPTEMBER 25 Høstmarken (autumn market) 26 Tractor and threshing day, Vistnestunet NOVEMBER 27 - 28 Christmas at Vistnestunet At, you will find the cultural programme for Varen Randaberg cultural centre and Tungenes Lighthouse.

Photo: Oddbjørg Sætre / Kvitsøy kommune

TOURIST INFORMATION Kommunehusveien 6, 4180 Kvitsøy

Photo: Oddbjørg Sætre / Kvitsøy kommune

Photo: Oddbjørg Sætre / Kvitsøy kommune

Tel.: +47 51 73 63 00 Open Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 14.30



Idyllic atmosphere of Southern Norway out at the ocean’s edge

EXPERIENCES Kvitsøy is located out at the ocean’s edge. Windswept and prone to harsh weather on the western side facing the sea, but pleasant and idyllic where people live. The ferry out to the island takes 35 minutes from Mekjarvik in Randaberg. You can easily get around the main islands on a bike. If you cycle along the road all the way to Leiasundet, you can make a detour on foot to see the four-metre high stone cross that bears witness to holy ground. The ruins of a small stone church from the 12th century are also found here. On the way from Leiasundet to Ydstebøhavn, you will pass Kvitsøy old wooden church from the 17th century, in a lovely lofty location and well worth a visit. Park your bike in Ydstebøhavn and wander around the pretty harbour area. At the end of the road there is a fish landing facility and the lobster museum, which is open at weekends during the summer season. You should take a trip up to Kvitsøy Lighthouse whatever the season, with views of the 365 islets and skerries in Kvitsøy. From here, there is a waymarked path to the western side of the island. Out at the ocean’s edge, the rugged terrain bears witness to the rough conditions that can occur here. Don’t walk further than indicated by the signs on days with bad weather. The path continues towards the north in safe surroundings on grazing land, at a safe distance from the, at times, unpredictable waves. You can visit two bunkers from World War II before the path takes you down past a farm cluster in Håland. And then, follow the road back to the lighthouse. KVITSØY IS HOME TO A TEEMING FAUNA Many species of birds nest in Kvitsøy municipality, and in particular on the island Eime. From 15 April

to 1 August, people are banned from going ashore and visiting the island and from being within 50 metres of the island. Kvitsøy is also a popular destination for bird watchers. The group of islands attract many migratory birds, which use it as a stopover on their way to far-off places.

ACTIVITIES BATHING SPOTS Adapted bathing spots in Sandrenna by the ferry quay and Grøningen just before the Lobster Museum. You can also borrow a canoe for free. WALKING AREAS There are several adapted walking trails and lovely walking areas in Kvitsøy. PADDLING Kvitsøy’s 365 islands, islets and skerries welcome you to first-class paddling experiences. Here, both experienced and inexperienced paddlers can try their hand at different challenges. Get your groceries at Coop Prix Kvitsøy, which is open from 8.00 to 21.00 on weekdays and from 9.00 to 18.00 on Saturdays. BIKE RIDES Kvitsøy is ideal for cycling, especially for families with small children. There are short distances, few hills and beautiful nature. • Visit the lighthouse or the lobster museum • Take a walk to one of the many bunkers from WWII. • Enjoy beach life in Sandrenna or in Grøningen • See Kvitsøy from the lighthouse or from the viewing platform at Kvitsøy Trafikksentral OTHER ACTIVITIES Worth seeing: Kvitsøy Lighthouse, the Lobster Museum, Kvitsøy Church and the stone cross.

If you would like a guide to show you around the Lobster Museum, the lighthouse or the church, you can contact Rolf Skretting who offers group tours, min. 10 people. Tel. (+47) 977 25 677.

EATING OUT LOBSTER WEEKEND Identity, common culture and history are important elements of the lobster weekend. It takes place from Thursday to Sunday on a weekend at the end of October. The Lobster Museum is a meeting place during the lobster season and disseminates the island’s culture across age groups and affiliation. Each lobster weekend has a different focus and topic through lectures, cultural expression, concerts, exhibitions, plays, food, storytelling evenings and dissemination of research on lobsters and lobster biology.

ACCOMMODATION Park your camper van by Kvitsøy Maritime Senter, next to Vollsøy quay, where the ferry docks. Here you can park beside the sea and you can connect to the power supply. You can find tent pitches in the outdoor recreation areas Sandrenna and Grøningen. Both places have barbecues, barbecue huts, beaches and toilets that are open during the season. In addition to Kvitsøy Maritime Senter, several individuals on Kvitsøy who rent out wharfside warehouses and boathouses. See the municipality’s website for more information, or see





©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:


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. MEMORIAL STONE, ASBJØRN KLOSTER A memorial stone stands a stone’s throw east of Bokn Church, in memory of the founder of the modern temperance movement in Norway, Asbjørn Kloster (1823). The stone was erected in 1923 - on what would have been his 100th birthday. THE SUNNALANDSSTRAUMEN CANAL The canal that passes through Sunnaland to Karmsundet opened in 1876. This meant small vessels could avoid the exposed area of Loden when they were travelling between the sounds Karmsundet and Boknasundet. BOKN RURAL MUSEUM The building was erected in 1908 by the Christian youth and temperance association in the community. The museum tells the history of the local youth and temperance association that was active here from 1908. The approx. 4,000 exhibits provide a good impression of what Bokn was like in bygone days. You can walk through an old kitchen, parlour and bedroom. There is also an old-fashioned

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

EATING OUT The café Kafe Sjøbris in Føresvik opened in 2020 and serves open sandwiches, salads, cakes etc.

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


Meet the Vikings at the Viking farm at Avaldsnes Photo:: 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 kinds of weathers! Walking and fishing maps, bike and boat hire, padle and fishing:

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.


Experience new things with the app ‘Tilbakeblikk’ 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

OASEN SHOPPING CENTRE, Norheim. Tel. +47 52 83 10 89 Opening hours see:

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 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. Download the app ‘Tilbakeblikk’ for a digital journey back in time! Explore Karmøy and meet people and scenes that provide insight into different eras, historical events and the origins of myths. There is lots to explore for children and adults alike on Karmøy! See

WHAT’S ON MAY 6 - 8  KARMØYGEDDON METAL FESTIVAL Kopervik. JUNE 10 - 13  VIKING FESTIVAL FESTIVAL in the home of the Vikings! On historical ground at Avaldsnes, you can take part in the biggest Viking festival in Western Norway. Come and experience how the Vikings lived and visit a Viking market. See a blacksmith at work and Vikings in combat, listen to Viking music and Viking sagas, or try various activities, such as archery and juggling! Tel.: +47 52 81 24 00, JULY 1 - 4  SKUDESFESTIVAL. 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.

Living History / Photo: Camilla Vandvik

SKUDENESHAVN Torget. Tel. +47 52 85 80 00.

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,

1-31 OLAVSDAGENE AT AVALDSNES. The festival takes place in the beautiful St. Olav’s Church, and addresses issues covering the faith and traditions of the Church and the society we live in. There are concerts, lectures and not least the annual pilgrimage and St. Olaf’s Day church service on 29 July. Avaldsnes is one of the stops along the fjord pilgrim route to Nidaros. Lunch concert every Thursday at 12.30 to 13.15 JULY / AUGUST 29 - 1  FISKERIDAGENE (fishery days). A festival where fishing is the main focus. Exciting deep sea fishing competition, delicious food, funfair, stalls and entertainment for both children and adults. SEPTEMBER 5 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. 11 - 12 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 3 - 6  SKUDENESHAVN INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE AND CULTURE FESTIVAL (SILK) spreads the joy of reading by hosting cultural experiences in the many exciting venues in Skudneshavn.


Bieter. Photo: Atle Grimsby

Photo: Atle Grimsby

Photo: Atle Grimsby




– provides an energy boost and experiences out at the ocean’s edge

EXPERIENCES Utsira is the smallest municipality in Norway with its 200 inhabitants. The island municipality is situated approx. 18 kilometres west of Haugesund and boasts coastal landscape worthy of preservation. Walking trails, experience coastal culture or go hunting (with binoculars) for new species in one of Norway’s top birdwatching destinations, ornithologists from all over Europe come to Utsira in the migration season. There is a playground by Sirakompasset, a petanque park and sand volleyball court in the sports ground. There is a daily boat service to Utsira The trip takes 70 minutes and is an experience in itself. UTSIRA LIGHTHOUSE The lighthouse is the most visited attraction on Utsira. Only one of the lighthouses is currently in operation. The lighthouses are the only remaining twin lighthouses in Norway within the same lighthouse area. Utsira lighthouse has conducted weather observations on behalf of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute since 1867 and it is Norway’s oldest meteorological station in continuous operation. During the summer, you can see what life in the lighthouse used to be like. The building of the lighthouses started in 1843. Utsira Lighthouse was put into operation on 15 August 1844. The lighthouses are the only remaining twin lighthouses within the same lighthouse area. The lighthouse area is protected under the Cultural Heritage Act. The lighthouse is situated 68 metres

above sea level, making it the lighthouse with the highest elevation in Norway. The lighthouse was automated in 2004. The lighthouse is open for guided tours during the school holidays and on appointment. Café and different exhibitions. STREET ART The little streetless island of Utsira is a street art Mecca and is well-known outside Norway. It all started in 2014 when Utsira Reiseliv invited eight well-known street artists to attend UtsirArt. Utsira has made a name for itself in street art metropolises like Brooklyn and London, with names such as Stik, JPS, La Staa, Pichi&Avo, ATM, Ella&Pitr, Borondo and Hama Woods. We also recommend a visit to JPS’s permanent Gallery in Gamleskolen, Hovlandsvegen 36. SJØHUSET IN UTSIRA The wharfside warehouse Sjøhuset was the base for Klovning’s fisheries business. It mainly engaged in herring fisheries, but also in pollock, mackerel and lobster fisheries. Sjøhuset was used for storing boats and equipment both from sweepnet and purse seine fisheries. The crew came from the surrounding area and stayed in the loft during the fishing season. The building was restored in 2017, and offers a unique and authentic experience with its historical fisheries collections. SØREVÅGEN Here you find a small beach. There is also a guest marina with water and WC. Sildaloftet has a guest marina with showers, toilets, washing machine and WIFI. There is also a gym, which guests can use.

WALKING TRAILS There are three waymarked walking trails on the island. One passes through Vestramarka and past excavated house ruins from the age of migration. The other walking trail takes you through Austramarka. Here you can walk in a cultural landscape of stone dykes and traces of old farming systems in uncultivated land. The North Sea Trail is the old road up to Utsira Lighthouse. The trail goes from the western side of Nordevågen via Ringmerkeskogen forest and up to the lighthouse. BIRD-WATCHING The island has long bird-watching traditions and is sometimes compared with Fair Isle (south of Shetland). Among other things, this is because the two islands have ornithological links. The bird-watching season on Utsira is all year, but the main season is during the periods 15 April to 15 May and 1 September to 1 November. The island is small (6.15 km2), and visitors do not therefore require local guides. Everything is within walking distance and you can see the whole island in the course of a day. A total of 330 different species have been registered and 25 of the bird species that make up the Norwegian fauna were discovered here first.

WHAT’S ON Siradagane festival on Utsira is organised annually by Utsira municipality. The festival brings everyone together, both locals and visitors who are passionate about coastal culture, food and drink, concerts and other cultural experiences.

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TOURIST INFORMATION Tel. +47 52 01 08 30 E-mail:


HAUGESUND 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 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 shipowners 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 Formbar, Ernst By Ernst and MeMini. Shops worth a visit include Shabby Records, Krimz Kramz, Brun’o and Cupcakehuset. 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, was voted Norway’s prettiest town hall in 2010. The square in front of the town hall is the annual venue for 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. 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 exhibition ‘The Rising Tide’ by Jason deCaires Taylor in Kvalsvik. RØVÆR – THE HOSPITABLE ISLAND An island, which is home to 100 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. 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 MAY 26 - 29 Song and poetry festival, HAUGESUND JUNE 6 Hårfagrerittet, bike race, TYSVÆR/ HAUGESUND 23 - 27 PODIUM chamber music festival, HAUGESUND AUGUST 11 - 15 Sildajazz, Haugesund International Jazz Festival, HAUGESUND 19 - 22 Havnadagene (maritime festival), HAUGESUND 20 - 21 Den Festivalen i Vangen (music festival), HAUGESUND 21 World’s longest herring buffet, HAUGESUND 21 Amanda Film Award HAUGESUND 21 - 27 The Norwegian Film Festival, HAUGESUND 24 - 27 New Nordic Films, HAUGESUND

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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.


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©Photo: Magma Geopark

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The area from Flekkefjord to Egersund mainly consists of anorthosite. On a global scale, it is a quite rare type of rock, yet everyone has seen it – that’s because the light parts of the moon consist of anorthosite!




Anorthosite and gneiss are both sustainable and solide magmatic rocks. They are highly suitable for climbing and bouldering. There are marked climbing routes all over the geopark, but especially in Eigersund and Sokndal. You will also find that there are many routes with bolts ready to use. If you are in a good physical shape and have some experience in climbing you can get access to Via Ferrata Migaren and rent climbing gear. See www.


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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.




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

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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 apartmen 45,from nok t unique cuisine at both hotels. The choice is yours. 900,-


Strandhotellet 383 40 100

Havhotellet 38 600 800

Explore breathtaking nature attractions Play golf at one of the most beautiful golf courses in Norway, explore mines, white beaches, fjords and breathtaking mountains. Enjoy seasonal and local flavours in our a la carte restaurant with a spectacular fjord view. Ask us for hotelpackages with accommodation, meals and experiences included. We are happy to assist you. Welcome! Booking: (+47) 38 35 88 00 –



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. Tlf.: +47 918 53 776


Utsikten Hotell Kvinesdal er et glimrende utgangspunk for eventyrlige naturopplevelser året rundt. Hotellet er en utsikteperle mellom Stavanger 7 av turløyper og kulturskatter. og Kristiansand, omgitt

Her finnes noe for alle. Du som søker ro og rekreasjon, eller adrenalin og spenning. Bus transport Velg i toppturer, klatreturer, fiske, utforsk gruver, milevis med hvite strender and guide services eller et slag golf. Vi gir deg turtips og gode pakketilbud Tailor-made trips in med overnattig og turmat. Hjertelig velkommen! Norway and abroad. Dragelandsveien 1, 4380 Hauge i Dalane Tlf.: +47 926 47 413

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Exhibitions with well-known artists


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

PH: +47 51 47 78 52 Bakkaveien 147, 4380 Hauge i Dalane

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

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CAMPING Egersund

Welcome to a pleasant stay

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

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


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. -



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


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.


OGNA CAMPING AS Just off the North Sea Route. Cabins - swimming - fishing near salmon river and golfcourse

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. Ogna Camping Nordsjøvegen 4061 N-4364 Sirevåg Tel.: +47 51 43 82 42





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

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



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




OBRESTAD 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.

HÅ OLD VICARAGE is today an arena for contemporary art - visual art, installations, sculpture, crafts and cultural history. Café with specialities from the Jæren area. Art shop. Venue hire. For exhibition programme and events: Telephone: +47 51 79 16 60, E-mail: Open: 1.9 - 31.5 Tues.–Fri. 11–15,
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Set in an idyllic location beside Ølbergstranden, a popular family-friendly beach. Basic camping chalets with views of the sea. Playground. Opportunities for fishing. Bicycles available. Free Wi-Fi. The coastal path is waymarked from the campsite, along a rocky landscape and lovely beaches. Local fishermen sell shellfish. Member of the Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF). / 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

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Bryne Kro & Hotell

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



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







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.


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

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

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


Welcome to Norway’s summertown Skudeneshavn


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

Tel.: +47 900 59 007, Nordnes 7, 4280 Skudeneshavn 22



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










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


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