The landscape is characterised by ever-changing weather and light, miles of sandy beaches and dunes superseded by pebbles and salmon rivers. This is Norway’s food pantry with an intensive agricultural activity in a flat, wide-stretched, and well-kept cultural landscape with a mild climate all year.
Into the open sea
The author Alexander L. Kielland stated that Jæren’s nature is not for amateurs. Kielland vacationed at Orre for many years. People from eastern Norway who move to Jæren, claim that it takes years to adapt. In the beginning, all they see are rocks, however, eventually, they discover the beauty of the scenery. The shore along Jæren faces the open sea and has been considered one of the most dangerous coastlines in Norway. There are no skerries and the underwater currents can be strong.
The large-scale development of lighthouses along the Jæren coast began in the middle of the 1800s. The task was to lead the boat traffic on the North Sea safely past the Jæren coast in bad weather, darkness and haze. Over the years, several lighthouses were built, with the lighthouse at Kvassheim being completed in 1912 as the last.
Kvassheim lighthouse is currently operated by Jæren Friluftsråd and is one of the sights on the Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren. The lighthouse is also a visitor centre with birds as the main theme. At the lighthouse, you can further hear stories of rescue operations and daily lighthouse life. The visitor centre Friluftshuset Orre is moreover an attraction along the Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren. The centre portrays the plant and wildlife along the beaches.
Sites worth a stop
Several sites along the scenic route are worth a visit. One of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country is Varhaug Old Cemetery, located at the edge of the ocean. Furthermore, Hå Old Vicarage at Obrestad merits a stop, and so do the remains from the war – the teeth of Hitler, Hitlertennene, alongside the road. Two of the most iconic beaches along the scenic route are Borestranden and Refsnesstranden. Both beaches have new facilities and parking.
Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren goes between Bore and Flekkefjord (FV507 and RV44).
- Length: 130 km
- Meters above sea level: 0 – 274
For the cyclist: This is a bike route close to the North Sea. Be aware of windy weather that potentially could be a challenge when biking in the open landscape. If you prefer biking on a quieter bike route, you can follow National Bike Route 1 (the coastal route) on the outskirts of the scenic route. This is also part of the European bike route North Sea Cycle Route (Eurovelo 12).