Solastranden is shallow, therefore it is a popular spot for kiters and surfers on windy days. At the north end, the Sola Strand Hotel and the Solastranden golf course are located. In the vicinity of the beach are war memorials, such as bunkers and remnants of cannon positions. With Solastranden as your starting point, you can also hike along the beach and the coast five kilometres southwards to Vigdel for a great walk with swimming opportunities, both on the beach and along rocky cliffs.
Rich bird life
Solastranden and the entire coastline of beaches in the area (commonly known as Jærstrendene) are popular places for birdlife on the way north and south, all year round. You can explore a rich and varied birdlife in the area, and there is, therefore, a leash restriction throughout the year in areas under the Jæren landscape conservation area. There are also rules for when you can carry out activities that may disturb bird life, such as surfing, sailing and kiting. Please familiarise yourself with where and when you can engage in these activities.
Surfing is fun all year, and for beginners, go on a surfing course with Boretunet or Bore Surf Senter. For beginners, summer is good for surfing as the waves are often a little smaller then. For the more experienced surfers, the conditions are more rewarding in autumn. Remember, however, it is prohibited to surf/board sail/kite on beaches affected by bird protection from 1 October to 31 March. Kiting is only possible on the following beaches: Sola, Hellestø, Byberg, Bore and Brusand.
Important information on how to behave along the beaches at Jæren
- It is forbidden to drive motorised vehicles
- In the bird protection areas, you cannot exercise activities of disturbing effect; surfing, board sailing, kiting and dog walking.
- It is prohibited to surf/board sailing/kiting in the bird-protected areas from 1 October to 31 March
- Horseback riding, bike riding, camping and tenting in the sand dunes are prohibited
- You must not walk on farmland during the growing season
- Respect people's privacy. Do not set up a tent any nearer than 150 meters from a house or a cottage
- You'll need permission from the land owner if you camp for longer than 2 nights
- Do not light a fire in nature between 15 April to 15 September
- Respect the fact that others might use the area as their livelihood
- If you bring along a dog in nature, you are obligated to keep it on a leash where livestock is grazing. Remember the general laws on keeping dogs on a leash
- For hunting and fishing, special rules apply that you need to be aware of
- Flying with drones is forbidden throughout the entire landscape protection area
- Larger events are not allowed without a special dispensation