Route and stages Klepp route (Sola-Bryne)

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If you cycle through Klepp you will experience the high sky which has inspired visual artists throughout generations. Long sandy beaches with swimming and surfing, characteristic stone walls and active agriculture lie along the route.

On the way one can stop at the famous tourist magnets of Hå gamle prestegard, Obrestad lighthouse and Vitengarden, with interesting exhibitions and food/drink facilities.
 

Travel tips

The shoreline and wetlands form the lungs of the landscape. Here thousands of birds find food on their annual migration to their nesting areas.

Many cultural monuments bear witness to the fact that people from earlier times also thrived in this landscape. If you have time, you can see traces of them on Helleberget, at Steinstjerna, Tinghaug and Krosshaug.
 

Detours (Kleppruta)
Transport Place of interest Distance
Bike ride and short walk Helleberget 5,6 km
Bike ride and short walk Steinstjerna 2 km
Short bike ride Friluftshuset and Orrestranda 200 m
Bike ride and short walk Bird tower at Orrevatnet 1,5 km
Bike ride and short walk Tinghaug and Krosshaug 1,6 km

 

Orre friluftshus

The magnificent sand dune landscape at Orre and Bore is the result of a large-scale planting of marram grass initiated by local sheriff M.A. Grude. In the years between 1850 and 1870 sand from the beach would cover cultivated land and ruin part of the crops. To stop the sand from escaping marram grass was planted to form sand dunes, as done in Europe.

The sand dunes and areas within are today a living natural environment with a number of rare plants and animals.

Surfing in Klepp

Many would say that Norway's best surfing conditions are found off Jæren’s beaches. Summer and early autumn are generally good for beginners’ surfing. Relatively small waves and not too cold water are good reasons to try surfing here for the first time. Particularly good for beginners are the beaches of Sola, Hellestø, Bore and Brusand.

Please note: Motor vehicles are prohibited on the beaches!

Several surfing schools offer surf courses on the beaches of Jæren:

Farm shops in Klepp 

The wetlands of Jæren are very important areas for bird life. In the spring and autumn, a variety of bird species migrate to and from this area. The wetlands are crucial pastures for the birds before they travel thousands of kilometers from the wintering city to the breeding ground.

Orrevatnet is perhaps the most important area for migratory birds on Jæren. Here you can see a variety of duck and waders, both common and more rare species. In winter, the area around Orrevatnet is also used as a wintering area for several species of birds of prey.

From the bird tower at Orrevatnet you can look towards the shallow area at Orreosen, which is the most important «hot spot».

Helleberget 

Distance: 11 km

Stangelandshellaren, at Helleberget on Stangeland was inhabited by people in the Stone Age about 5000 years ago. At the top of the hill lie the remains of a hill fort from the late Iron Age. The people who lived here hunted birds and foraged oysters, mussels and periwinkles from the sea. In the woods they gathered hazelnuts and hunted deer, elk and wild boar. The people of Stangelandshellaren may have lived there permanently or it might have been one of many temporary dwellings.

Bike ride to Helleberget

«The death star» as local people call it, is according to the Archaeological Museum, a burial site from the late Iron Age (300-600 AD). The star is 0.5 meters tall and built from pebbles. The three points in the star measure about ten meters out from the center. The star was extensively restored in 1935. These triangular and star-shaped tombstones are rare. Little research has been done into them, despite their special and rare design.

Bicycle ride to Steinstjerna

Tinghaug has been a place of worship for ages. On the southwest side 16 thin pieces of beaten gold have been found. They are referred to as «gullgubber» meaning «golden men». Krosshaug is a burial mound from around 450 AD. The rock chamber is visible above the ground and shows us what the grave was like. The remains found at Krosshaug indicate that a woman of stature was buried there.

Dysjane lies just north of Krosshaug. These are is the remains of 16 house foundations around an oval yard with 8 grave mounds.