To some extent this road differs from many of the other tourist routes – it’s quite simply a regular all-purpose road. On
this route you must be prepared to share the road with all those who use it every day. Just treat this as part of the experience,
and keep in mind that being stuck behind a farmer on his tractor in fact gives you a better opportunity to spot all the nuances
and features of the landscape – the cultural heritage, the ocean, the fields and the eternally changing light. This coastal
landscape is unique and completely unlike anything you will find in other parts of Norway. To get the strongest impressions
you should probably stop the car or take time to drive on some of the little side roads. That way you draw closer to the ocean
and discover much more than you can from the main road. The beaches of Jæren are a joy no matter what the weather, and the
weather changes frequently, so be prepared. It’s as if the landscape is tranquil and languid and nature is unyielding and
hard, but then it can flare with explosive force. Here you are part of everyday life and it’s been said that you haven’t seen
the whole of Norway if you haven’t seen Jæren.
It is the ocean and not the road that dominates here. Yet the road plays a key role in the big picture as it cuts through
beautiful cultural landscape often bordered by old drystone walls that are not only historic monuments but also a visible
link to bygone times. The road continues to be part of the everyday life of all those who live along the Jæren coast and lies
ready to welcome everyone who wants to visit this unique region.
At first glance the road is uneventful but then you experience the subtle shifting patterns of light, the undulating landscape,
the ever-changing sky and the horizon far out over the ocean. The beaches each have their own personality no matter where
you happen to stop – you will find both sandy beaches and pebbly beaches. Orrestranda is perhaps one of the most magnificent
and here you can walk for many kilometres on the white sand and admire the rich flora and fauna. Many shipwrecks have occurred
along the Jæren coast and the unique coastline necessitated the development of special rescue techniques. Kvassheim lighthouse
was equipped with a foghorn when it was built in order to guide shipping traffic safely past the coast of Jæren.The lighthouse
is splendidly situated against the background of the open ocean. Today it is open for everyone who wants to take a break and
learn something new.