This coastal hike is one of Jæren’s best, starting at arguably Norway’s most scenic graveyard and finishing at Kvassheim’s picturesque lighthouse and harbor. The trail passes by farmland with with grazing sheep and cattle that greet you as you pass. Further on, the trail comes closer to the ocean leading over the stony shore past towards Madland Harbor and meeting Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren at Hårr.
The churchyard is the southern end of the Kongevegen trail from Hå Old Vicarage (8.2 kilometers). From the lighthouse a trail continues south to Ogna (8.7 kilometers).
Tips and hints
- Free parking
- Café and toilets at Kvassheim
Hiking this trail is easiest with two cars unless you want to hike back again. Park one car at Kvassheim Lighthouse and then drive the other to Varhaug to start the hike. Both the lighthouse and the churchyard are a short detour from Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren.
To reach the lighthouse drive along Road 44 between Vigrestad and Brusand and look for signs to “Kvassheim fyr”. There is a parking lot between the small harbor and the lighthouse.
For the churchyard, follow Road 44 towards Varhaug. Look for the large signs to “Kongevegen” opposite a large barn. There is a small parking lot.
You can take a local train from Stavanger to Varhaug. From there, it’s a 3 kilometer walk to the Old Churchyard. The closest train station to Kvassheim is in Vigrestad, a 4 kilometer walk.