The county of Rogaland is Norway in miniature – fjords, mountains, island, cultural landscapes, nice towns and cities. You can have a lot of experiences during your stay due to short distances in our region.
We would like to point out some local attractions for you not to be missed.
Jærmuset Vitengarden invites small and grown ups to learn by doing. Here you can explore natural science in new and be active engaged. And you learn about our food, where it comes from and how it is produced.
Exhibitions about renewable energy, tractors, sheep, bumblebees, technology and landscape, and building traditions.
The museum itself is a special building, cafè.
The old vicarage is situated by the open sea. It has become an art and culture center housed in traditional, listed buildings, which provides an exciting area for contemporary artists – visual arts, installations, sculpture – as well as handicrafts and cultural history exhibitions.
Sale of art, and cafè with local foods.
Also burial mounds from the Iron age at the site.
The protected cemetery is situated by the open sea at the farm Varhaug. It has been given the following description: “A field with tombstones, a stone fence, the wide sky and the ocean. That is all. Breathtaking”.
The first church was probably built here around 1200, and since then three churches have stood by the cemetery. The last church was torn in 1095. Today's chapel was erected in 1951. Varhaug chapel is just over 15 m2 and is furnished with 14 traditional wicker chairs. The small chapel is often used for weddings. In the chapel hangs an old church bell from 1791 and a copy of the sculpture "Sapienta" (wisdom), dated 1650-1720. According to the Stavanger Museum, the original sculpture must have come from a church that stood on this church site earlier. The cemetery has been in service for almost 700 years.
The local museum of Grødalandstunet is among the best preserved farm buildings in Rogaland. It is a typical farm by the seaside. The farmers combined animal husbandry, farming the land, and utilizing resources from the sea and the beach, such as fish, seaweed and wrecks supplied by the ocean. Several of the men who lived here served as local guides for ships entering the dangerous coast of Jæren.
The houses were originally constructed in the 1700 and 1800. The old house is a large “jærhus”. The oldest part originates from 1715. It was rebuilt and enlarged in 1791 and 1848. Several places you can see that timber for ships have been used. The second house, the one of Tore, was built in 1830. The farm buildings have been built in a tradition that gave a lot of living space while saving building materials. This was important at Jæren which had little timber.
The museum is open Sundays 12-16 in May-September, but you may visit the museum site all year round.