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Norway – Jæren – Vistnes

Norway – Jæren – Vistnes

Bø – Vistnes (Randaberg): This is a varied and wonderful hike, at times not very easy jumping from rock to rock. Large boulders, heathers and grassland, a WW2 fort, old boathouses, picturesque farms and cottages. This hike has it all. At Vistnes the conservation area stops for some kilometres, only to be resumed at Kolnes.

 

Orientation

We are almost at the northern end of Jæren at a place with no public transportation. Finding a place to park your car at the north end, near the farms of Bø, may not be easy. We decided to park at Vistnestunet (described in this article) and walk north to Bø (6.4 km). In contrast to many of the hikes on Jæren, the return was a delight. We only used one car this time and returned to Vistnestunet by following the roads and cycle route not very far from the seashore. This offered a quite different but very fascinating route of 4 km.

This article presents one of many hikes on the coast of Jæren, Norway. Get an overview and browse the rest here. Check out the map details on this link.

 

What to see

It was a very warm and lovely day in mid-May and I will more or less let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

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Row of boathouses in Vistnesvågen

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

The lighthouse at Vistnestangen

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Gently sloping rocks near Dønneviga

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Traditional boathouses at Gardsenden, Trebaknaustet (left) and Heianaustet (right) dating back to the 1840s.

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Seaweed and rocks in Molviga

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Grøderøysa burial mound

Not far from the bay of Molviga we find the Bronze Age burial mound Grøderøysa, dating back to around the year 55 AD. Its size (46 metres long, 15 m wide and 2.2 m high) makes it the largest in the county of Rogaland and indeed among the largest in Norway. It is said to be the mound of King Grøde and took 1,100 man-days to make.

 

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Old building in Vistevågen

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Stone fence in Vistevågen

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Swan

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

View of Einarsviga

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Sheep and lambs in spring

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Colourful rocks near Vistvik

 

Rogaland - Randaberg - Strandsonen langs Ytre Bø - Jærkysten

Alley of trees at Bø

 

Here at Bø the Germans took great effort during WW2 to secure the ship lane into Stavanger. A fort with a large command bunker (below) and various gun positions, trenches and so on were built. Mostly by Russian POWs. This bunker was camouflaged as a farm building.

 

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German WW2 command bunker at Bø

 

Børaunen is a spectacular place, and deserves a separate visit. Although we felt tempted to have a closer look than this zoomed in photograph we decided otherwise.

 

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View of Børaunen with its two cairns from Bø

 

The walk back to Vistnestunet was really nice. It offered a different perspective of the route we followed earlier in the day. Although it followed the road for most of the time, there was very little traffic.

 

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Exhibition near Bø

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Long straight road near Vistvik

 

Norway - Jæren - The Vistnes hike

Vistnestunet

 

 

Video from this hike

 

Further reading

This article presents one of many hikes on the coast of Jæren, Norway. Get an overview here. The hikes and corresponding articles are sorted in a north to south order. The adjacent hikes are:

North: Sandestranda – Børaunen (Randaberg): The bay and beach at Sande makes a fine starting point for a walk on the sandy beach, on grass paths, pebbles and boulders out to a headland with two distinct cairns. (2.5 km)

South: Vistnes – Vistestranda (Randaberg): This hike from the popular sandy beach of Viste will take you on an easy trail to a Stone Age cave and a 19th century farm. (3.7 km)

The website Fottur.net has short descriptions and a lot of pictures covering this hike.

Valuable reading in Norwegian from the municipality of Randaberg about walks and cultural assets. “Langs kysten i Randaberg” is an information folder in Norwegian from the municipality. It is available in pdf-format.

 

Artwork - Oskar Soerreime (1919-2007) - Unknown title

Oskar Sørreime (1919-2007) – Unknown title (Source: Haugesund Billedgalleri)

Read more in my special article about Jæren’s geology, flora, fauna, history, people and art: Jæren – The coastline explained.

Les om strandturene på Jæren på “Sandalsand på norsk” 

 

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