Do as the Jæren artists, come to Jæren and Hå to experience the magnificent scenery with huge skies, long beaches, flat fields and high grassy hills. Experience great walking terrain, a variety of cultural monuments, museums and contemporary art
Hå Old Vicarage is an art and culture institution out at the ocean’s edge. It offers a varied and exciting programme of exhibitions by contemporary Norwegian and international artists. The art shop sells a wide range of paintings, ceramics, glass objects, jewellery and clothes. The book shop sells interesting art, art history and local history books. Our café makes tasty food based on ingredients from the local Matfatet Jæren network. The vicarage dates from the 17th century. The oldest building that still stands dates from 1785. However, the vicarage’s history goes back much further, and traces have been found of a 9,000-year-old settlement. The shore burial ground on the north side is one of the finest burial grounds in the Nordic countries, dating from 200 to 800 AD. Kongevegen (the King’s Road) passes the vicarage, and you can walk this route along the ocean in all types of weather. The vicarage is open all year. See our website for information about opening hours and what’s on with respect to exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events etc. www.hagamleprestegard.no
Jærmuseet Vitengarden Science Farm is situated in the heart of the Jæren area’s agricultural belt, and it is a combined science centre and museum, which has been crowned with accolades such as ‘Museum of the year in Norway’ and ‘Best museum for children’. You can experience, take part in and explore exciting interactive indoor and outdoor exhibitions about the history of Jæren. The science centre also has a petting farm with lots of animals and hay for children to jump in. vitengarden.no
Grødaland Combine a walk along Kongevegen (the King’s Road) with a visit to Grødaland, where you will find one of the best-preserved farm clusters in Rogaland, with great views of the sea. A visit to 18th and 19th century buildings typical of the Jæren region will give you an insight into how people lived and made a living in Jæren. www.grodaland.no
Ogna Chursch The medieval walls dating from 1250 are the main elements of this restored church, consecrated 5 June 1995.
Varhaug old churchyard The chapel is open on Sundays from Palm Sunday to All Saints’ Day.
Kvassheim Lighthouse is situated beside Kvassheim harbour, on the North Sea Route.The lighthouse is one of three centres that make up the Jæren wetlands visitor centre. Exhibitions. Free admission. Simple café, no obligation to buy anything. The Assistentboligen house is rented out for overnight stays and sleeps up to 12 people. Universal design. The lighthouse is a great starting point for walks beside the sea. See jarenfri.no for opening hours and more information.
Obrestad lighthouse is situated in an elevated position out at the ocean’s edge. The lighthouse building was completed in 1873. The lighthouse was automated in 1982, and there has been no lighthouse staff there since 1991. The lighthouse is now a cultural history museum. This is the place for those who would like to stay in unique accommodation with views of the open sea. Accommodation is available all year. There is an art exhibition in the lighthouse building during the summer holiday. For opening times and accommodation prices, see www.hagamleprestegard.no
Nærbøparken Bird sanctuary open all year.
Kongevegen trail, 10 km.
The Western Norway Trunk Road Ogna - Hellvik. Unused road in undulating mountain terrain. Cycling standard. 7 km.
Hanabergsmarka cultural landmark and outdoor recreation area, 2.5 km.
Haugstadskogen forest, 3.2 km circular walk
Swimming Ognasanden, Brusand beach and Refsnes beach.
Hå municipality offers fantastic scenery, great food and a varied programme of events. For more information, see: www.ha.no, www.hagamleprestegard.no, www.gronefed.no and www.jaermuseet.no.
More info: www.ha.no, www.hagamleprestegard.no, gronefed.no and
Hå municipality Tlf: +47 51 79 30 00 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ha.no/turist