Kongevegen over Jæren Hiking Trail
Follow the King's Road along the beautiful Jær coastline
- Destination: Stavanger
- Season: January–December
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 16.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 40 meters
- Duration: 3–4.5 hours
About Kongevegen over Jæren
Many will say the trip along Kongevegen is the jewel in the crown of the Jær coastline. An enjoyable pebble beach and high cliffs combined with an impressive lighthouse and charming marina. Your journey along Kongevegen is a great adventure through lots of history.
In Jæren, you will experience a cultural landscape you will not come across anywhere else in Norway. With the history of the “King’s Road” and the gorgeous scenery which has enamored travelers, locals, and even artists for centuries, it is no surprise that people continue to flock to this special destination along the southwestern coast.
In the past, all traffic followed Kongevegen along the coast but in recent years, the main roads have been moved away from the water to protect the nature. From Varhaug to Hå Gamle Prestegård - a stretch of 8.5 kilometers - you will enjoy wonderful scenery and a coastal area rich in cultural heritage.
To get to the trailhead next to old Varhaug church (Varhaug Gamle Kirkegård), follow road 44 from Sandnes towards Varhaug and turn towards Sør-Varhaug along road 179. There is a nice parking area right before you arrive at the church.
There is parking located at both ends of the adventure, at Varhaug and Hå Gamle Prestegård. The trip can also be shortened into smaller stages by parking along the road toward Obrestad Havn and Grødalstunet, which can be accessed from road 44.
There are many daily train departures from Stavanger to Nærbø and Varhaug with NSB. Many taxis are available in Nærbø and it is easy to get to and from the train station and Kongevegen.
From the parking lot at Varhaug, you will walk towards the ocean and will soon arrive at the old Varhaug cemetery with the chapel beautifully located near the sea. Kongevegen (the king’s road) will take you north along the ocean. The path is clearly marked with blue stakes and is easy to find.
After Nord Varhaug, continue north following the path over small and large stones and through some grasslands between the farms and the sea. In summer, sheep and cattle can be found here.
At Grødaland, you will come to a small forest, and on the other side, you will see a fantastic panorama towards the Grödalandstunet, where you can see the best-preserved "jærhus" (a home built in the local "Jær" style) in the country.
Kongevegen continues along the coast into a very lush area. Between southern Reime and Obrestad, 175 different species of plant are grown in the fields or near the beach. Halfway along this stretch lies Kummeltangen, which is the start of a hike which takes you up to the Obrestad lighthouse. The ridgeline has an almost vertical cliff down to the sea at 30-40 meters and is the highest point along the Jær coastline.
The port area around Obrestad was protected in 1994 and is a nice place to rest for a few minutes before continuing on. The trail continues along the coast under the steep cliffs and below the historic Obrestad lighthouse. Today, the lighthouse is automatic and used as accommodation.
From Obrestad lighthouse, it is a short walk further Hå Gamle Prestegård. Here, you can purchase coffee and food to enjoy after the fun journey.
- Kongevegen, from Varhaug to Hå Gamle Prestegård, is the nicest hike one can experience along the Jær coastline
- Hå Gamle Prestegård has a cafe and other amenities
- There are no other cafes or shops along the route so bring food and water with you
- There are no toilets available along the route
- The most known beaches have public toilets: Solastranden, Hellestø, Sele, Bore, and Brusand/Ogna
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