Kongevegen from Hå Old Vicarage to Varhaug Old Churchyard Hiking Trail
Follow the King’s Road along the beautiful Jæren coastline
- Season: January-December
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 8.2 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
- Elevation Gain: 70 meters
- Duration: 2-4 hours
About Kongevegen from Hå Old Vicarage to Varhaug Old Churchyard
Many say the trip along Kongevegen, “the King’s Road”, is the jewel in the crown of the Jæren coastline. The journey is a walk through Jæren’s history along a route traveled for hundreds of years. Along the way, visit some of the area’s most well-known landmarks and enjoy close contact with the landscape which is unique in Norway.
In the past all traffic followed Kongevegen along the coast. In recent times the main roads have been moved away from the water to protect the nature. From Varhaug Old Churchyard to Hå Old Vicarage, a stretch of 8.5 kilometers, you can take in wonderful scenery while visiting Obrestad Lighthouse, Obrestad Harbor, and Grødaland Museum.
The trail can be hiked in either direction, in smaller parts, or out-and-back. The churchyard is the northern end of the hike to Kvassheim (8.8 kilometers).
There is parking available at both ends of the trail, at Varhaug gamle kirkegård (Varhaug Old Churchyard) and Hå gamle prestegård (Hå Old Vicarage). If you want to hike the whole route then start at Varhaug so you can finish (or have a nice break if hiking back again) with some refreshments at the vicarage café. This works best if you have two cars.
For a shorter hike, like a visit to Obrestad Lighthouse, it’s best to base yourself at the vicarage.
To reach Varhaug Old Churchyard, follow Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren (Road 44) towards Varhaug. Look for the large signs to Kongevegen opposite a large barn.
For Hå Old Vicarage, follow Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren (Road 44) towards Vigre and follow the signs.
You can take a local train from Stavanger to Varhaug. From there, it’s a 3 kilometer walk to the Old Churchyard.
The trail along Kongevegen is clear and marked with blue stakes. The terrain is fairly even, running across dirt tracks and roads, and stones.
After visiting the small churchyard at Varhaug, follow the trail towards the ocean along the north fence. The trail then turns northwards, following the coastline to Obrestad and the vicarage.
It’s roughly 3 kilometers until you reach the short detour to Grødaland Museum (open Sundays, 12pm-4pm), a preserved farm with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Kongevegen continues toward Obrestad, following the ridge around Kummeltangen. After another 3 kilometers you’ll reach the port, which was protected in 1994 and is a nice place to rest for a few minutes. The trail then leads for another kilometer to Obrestad Lighthouse where you can choose to hike up and visit the lighthouse, or remain by the sea and continue on the final kilometer to the vicarage.
- Free parking
- Hå Gamle Prestegård has a café and toilets
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