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Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

Leading along the edge of the North Sea in southwestern Norway, Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren features the country’s best sandy beaches, numerous lighthouses and cultural landmarks, as well as historic trails. The 41-kilometer route runs from the settlement of Bore in the north to Ogna in the south.

In some ways just a simple country road, the scenic route highlights some of the most unique landscape in Norway. The mostly flat terrain is incredibly fertile farmland while the white sandy beaches come as a surprise in a country that sits so far north.

While trips to the beach are typically left for warm summer days, Jæren has a lot of offer even on cold, wintry days. Protect yourself against the elements and let the landscape leave its impression on you. Surfers of all kinds (wind and kitesurfers too) will find excellent conditions and hikers will not be disappointed with the accessible trails just meters from the shore.

Tips

  • There are campgrounds all along the route. Spend a night or two and take the opportunity to hike the longer coastal trails.
  • The area has some interesting sights for history buffs. Various shipwrecks can be found and fortifications were built along the coast during World War II. One of the most interesting is perhaps “Hitler’s Teeth”, along the roadside by Brusanden Beach.
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Bore to Ogna

Solastranda Beach

Jæren

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Solastranda Beach

The first of a string of beaches on this stretch of coast, Solastranda’s neighbouring hotel and proximity to Stavanger means it is seldom empty. The Jæren coast can get pretty windy and windsurfers can often be seen out in the surf. 

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Vigdel Beach to Borestranda Beach

Jæren

Hiking Trail
Medium
9.1 km · 3 – 4 hr

Vigdel Beach to Borestranda Beach

There are some lovely hiking trails connecting the beaches, and this one takes in three of the most popular. Starting from the small, family-friendly Vigdel Beach and passing by the often busy Hellestøstranda, the trail finishes at surf-friendly Borestranda.

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Borestranda Beach

Jæren

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Borestranda Beach

While debate might rage on about Norway’s best beach for relaxing on a warm day, there is little doubt Borestranda takes the cake for surfers. If it’s windy (and it very well could be), find some shelter in the grassy dunes.

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Frøylandsvatnet Lake

Jæren

Hiking Trail
Medium
8.3 km · 2 – 3 hr

Frøylandsvatnet Lake

For some brief respite from the elements on the coast, visit Frøylandsvatnet Lake near Bryne. The trail leaves from the town center and follows the lake shore to the beautiful wooden Midgardsormen Bridge.

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Orrestranda Beach

Jæren

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Orrestranda Beach

Norway’s longest sandy beach is a must visit. Stretching almost 5 kilometers and in pristine surrounds it is a spectacular sight. You’d think you were somewhere much more tropical, until you dip your toes in the water at least.

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Kongevegen from Hå Old Vicarage to Varhaug Old Churchyard

 

Hiking Trail
Medium
8.2 km · 2 – 4 hr

Kongevegen from Hå Old Vicarage to Varhaug Old Churchyard

This trail along ancient routes connects some of the areas most well-known landmarks. Come close contact with Jæren landscape, unique in Norway, while getting a taste of history. This hike can be combined with two trails further to the south for a journey all the way to Ogna. 

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Varhaug Old Churchyard

Jæren

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Varhaug Old Churchyard

Arguably Norway’s most scenic churchyard, this small yet sacred patch of grass has been a religious site for centuries. Today a modest chapel stands here solemnly by the sea.

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Varhaug Old Churchyard to Kvassheim

Jæren

Hiking Trail
Medium
8.8 km · 2 – 3 hr

Varhaug Old Churchyard to Kvassheim

Another lovely stretch of coastal trail that passes over farmland and stony shores. The path meets the scenic route at Hårr where the rounded stones of all sizes provide a favourite motif.

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Kvassheim Lighthouse

Jæren

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Kvassheim Lighthouse

No longer an active lighthouse, the buildings have taken on a new life hosting exhibitions, a café and accommodation. The small harbour adds to the charm of the location, not too mention the views along the coast and out to sea.

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Kvassheim Lighthouse to Ogna

Jæren

Hiking Trail
Medium
8.7 km · 2 – 3 hr

Kvassheim Lighthouse to Ogna

This final trail along the Jæren coast features a changing landscape as the fertile flatlands give-away to the more rugged terrain in the south. A highlight is the long walk down Brusanden Beach.

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