What to do and see in Sandnes, Norway: The Best Places and Tips

January 2, 2018 Hector Krause

Discover the best top things to do in Sandnes, Norway including Dalsnuten, Rogaland Arboretum, Sandvedparken, Vitenfabrikken, Hike Oygardstol to Langavatn via Kjerag, Soma Gard, Jaeren, Sola Strand, Tryggvi Islandshestgard, Varlivarden.
Restaurants in Sandnes

1. Dalsnuten

Fjogstadveien | Gramstad, Sandnes, Norway
Excellent
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Dalsnuten

Reviewed By Yulia S

Easy hiking for family with kids. Good view from the top! There are 7 tops all together. Dalsnuten(3km) itself is the most popular one. You can make only one hill or hike them all in one go(14km).

2. Rogaland Arboretum

Rogaland, Sandnes, Norway +47 51 67 21 07
Excellent
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Rogaland Arboretum

Reviewed By Svein A - Sandnes, Norway

This amazing recreational area outside Sandnes has been developed over more than 40 years to cater for all the people enjoying mother nature at large. With walkways available to prams and wheelchairs, everyone can enjoy all the ponds and plants in a large forrest and parkland environment.
Over 1400 different types of trees and flowers have been planted and are named to ensure appreciation for the exotics not found elsewhere in Norway.
There is also a nice club house where members of Lyons sell waffles and coffee most Sundays of the year.
Rogaland Arboretum is used by all age groups. There is also a large parking lot available in the outskirts.

3. Sandvedparken

Sandnes 4319, Norway
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Sandvedparken

Reviewed By Kaffilaura - Sandnes, Norway

This is a park for a nice walk, either alone or a group. It is sutible for weelchairs and prams as well. There is a playgrown in both ends. There is also light, so you can also go, og run there in evnings. On the big playgrown in the north end, there is placed barbeques that are free for use, you only have to bring your food and cole.

4. Vitenfabrikken

Storgata 28, Sandnes 4307, Norway +47 51 97 25 40
Excellent
28%
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4 based on 45 reviews

Vitenfabrikken

Vitenfabrikken (the Science Factory) is a large science center and museum located in the heart of Sandnes. It has several levels of fun and interactive Exhibitions, that shows the connection between art, technology and science in an historical context. Children will really enjoy exploring this center, and for the adults it is a great place to find out more about the history that has shaped the region. Vitenfabrikken has a top modern Planetarium, and offers shows and worskhops on weekends and during school holidays. There is a cafe located on the first level, open during normal opening hours of the center.

Reviewed By Dian H - Grimstad, Norway

I enjoyed my visit to Vitenfabrikken, because there is always unique part of the exhibition and an innovative way of presenting science. It is important especially if you have some experience visiting similar places such as Vitensenteret in Arendal or the one in Trondheim and Oslo, or even in some other countries. Vitenfabrikken definitely has a unique theme or exhibition such as brain, water and solar energy, experiment breaking the glass with voice, as well as a science demonstration. My teenagers have visited this kind of place since they were a little but I could see how they enjoyed new experience here. Good place to visit especially if you travel with children.

5. Hike Oygardstol to Langavatn via Kjerag

Oygardstol, 4127, Norway +47 38 37 78 00
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5 based on 17 reviews

Hike Oygardstol to Langavatn via Kjerag

Start: The hike starts at oygardsstol Kjerag Panoramic Restaurant which is located on top of the hairpin bends up from Lysebotn. There is a separate fee paying carpark and toilets designed for hikers. Description: The route starts at Kjerag Panoramic Restaurant/oygardstol. You have to scale three mountain summits before you reach Kjerag, the day's first milestone. The trip starts with a steep 30 minute climb on bare rock upto a summit of 825 metres. from the summit follow mountain ridge some distance heading down to a small valley stream at an altitude of approx 750 meters. Here begins the second climb to Kjerag, which takes you up to about 870 meters above sea level. This climb is slightly more demanding than the firs and you must allow 30 minutes for the climb to the summit. Head down the mountain and cross another stream valley. Now, the last and longest ascent up to Kjerag awauts!!!! The path is on bare rock but there are chain fences along the edge of the mountain. The higher you climb the better the view so allow a goof half an hour on this ascent. The terrain flattens out on the summit and it is an easy walk across the 1.5 km plateau. At the end of the plateau cross the crevice before you reach the cairn at the Nesatindane which shows the way to Kjeragbolten. From here it takes approx 3 minutes to walk to Kjeragbolten sitting wedged between two approximately 1000 metre high Mountains straight up from the Lysefjord. If you are feeling brave, take a step out on to the stone. kjerag has for a long time been a major attraction for both climbers and base jumpers. If you are really lucky you may even see a base jump being made from one of the jump points near the Kjeragbolt, and if you haven't already had goosebumps on the walk, you're guaranteed to get them now!! The second part of the walk is from Mount Kjerag to Langavatn lake. Walk back to the cairn at Nesatindane and follow the signs to Langavatn. The path runs south-easterly up the mountain, parallel to the gorge down to Kjeragbolten. You come to a peak of 1075 meters before turning down to the lush valley stream - the same one that you crossed earlier in the day to get to Kjeragbolten. When you have descended the mountain, you come to a path intersection by a stream follow the left side of the stream and head up to the top of the U-valley. Here you come to another waymarked path intersection. You must turn 90 degrees to the left and climb up a steep slope. Allow 10 minutes for this ascent. At the top you have a nice view over the rugged Mountains. The route continues over the summit at 1143 metres to the south-east. Head for the prominent cairn on the summit. It may be a good idea to set your compass to find your way from the cairn on top as everything looks very alike here. Allow a good hour over the mountain plateau then begin your descent to Langavatn Turishytte. For a detailed description including maps and information etc buy the guidebook 'Hiking in Sirdal' which includes Kjerag and Sirdals Seven Summits

Reviewed By per e - Oslo, Norway

Trip starts from the praking lot at Øygardsstølen. The path offers a demanding and tiresome start, then a fairly steep descend to Litle Storedal and a steep climb up onto the Kjerag plateau. From here the walk is in almost flat and rocky terrain. All in all it’s about 10 km from start to finish and unless you are exceptionally fit you should set aside 6 to 7 hours to complete this trip. It is not a trip suitable for all as you need to be fairly fit and well equipped with good hiking shoes and something warm to wear if the weather turns bad. Difference between highest and lowest point is 570 meters. You find directions to the attractions on the plateau and the path is good after improvements in 2015. If you make this trip you will experience spectacular nature, exceptional views and a few scary moments. But please don’t get stupid near the edge of the vertical drop. The short time a fall will last won’t be worth being killed, so keep a safe distance and take care. Same goes for the Kjeragbolten, the rock suspended above a 984 meter deep abyss. The rock itself is wedged in a crevasse and to step out onto it is a hairy experience where few mistakes are allowed.

6. Soma Gard

Sandnesveien 246, Sandnes 4312, Norway +47 917 05 756
Excellent
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Soma Gard

Reviewed By AuntMom - Sandnes, Norway

This is a farm with all sorts of animals. Children can ride with a tractor or go horseback riding, and drive cars, dig in the sand, jump on trampolines and many other fun activities. You can buy food, or bring your own food for grilling on one of the many sitting areas all around. Jumping in the hay is also very popular. Fun for the entire family!

7. Jaeren

Vagsgate, Sandnes 4306, Norway +47 51 97 55 55
Excellent
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Jaeren

Sandnes - Egersund -->100 km 2 nights beside the fascinating North Sea Coast. (2 days cycling). A dozen exquisite sandy Beaches, rocky promontories, heather-clad moors and Norway's most productive dairy farms form a perfect mix of scenery, interspersed with lively ports both large and small. Day 1: Arrive in Sandnes. Arrive in Sandnes Cycling and bicycles are familiar features in Sandnes. There has been focus on developing and improving bicycle trails and paths, red carpets downtown, signs and bicycle parking in and around the downtown area. The result is a very good network of prepared paths that are well-suited for cycling. Accommodation: Quality Residence Hotel Sandnes in town centre. Cyclists Welcome accommodations are especially equipped with the cyclist in mind - safe cycle parking, bike/tyre repair kits, good laundry facilities are all readily available. Quality Residence Hotel has gone one step further, the concept of being a Cyclist Welcome Hotel is shown also in decor and in the Cycle Restaurant. Day 2: Sandnes - Naerland. 46 km. The coastline varies from sandy Beaches to pebbled shores and rocky coasts. Now and then you cycle inland through the rolling landscape of Jaeren where long stone walls separate neat farms. When arriving at Naerland we strongly recommend an afternoon cycling trip (2 kms) to Ha old Vicarage. The Vicarage dates from 1787 and includes several annexes and out buildings. High quality Exhibitions of art and regional themes are held here regularly, making the old Vicarage a popular place for family outings and one of Rogaland's most successful cultural ventures in recent times. A Large beach burial field from pre-historical times is located on a beach of round boulders, close to the old Ha Vicarage. Accommodation: Naerland gjestegaard, hotel beside a sandy beach with all facilities where you also can enjoy a 33 C heated swimmingpool. Dinner at the hotel. The hotel is part of a village that has been serving several purposes. It was built at the time when the ideas of spas was strong, then came the depression and it was Now it is being turned into a multi-purpose area that can serve Day 3: Naerland - Egersund. 53 km. 33 Km easy. 20 km unmetalled strenuous. Two salmon rivers meander across the flat fields. In rainy years they are among the country's best. Everywhere is well-kept farms with dry-stone walls. These stones once lay spread around, making farming so difficult that many emigrated to an easier life in America. Whilst the painter Kitty Kielland and her brother, the author Alexander, revelled in the lovely light, Arne Garborg wrote of the murky Mainland. Not until the end of the 19th century did merchandise stone clearance and cultivation change the murky Mainland into today's green plains, also making Jaeren the country's centre for agricultural machinery. After crossing the salmon rivers of Ha and Ogna an abandoned road leads you over the moors. On the descent you pass a salmon ladder at the narrow Fotlandsfossen falls.

Reviewed By Rooty2013 - Sandnes, Norway

We just had a wonderful experience a Sunday afternoon.
A quick trip (it was a windy day) to the Wind mill park With 32 BIG windmills.
Then a Nice stop at a local cafee for Sunday dinner With traditional Food, as Ribbe, ox steak, meatcakes etc.
After that we drove to Brusand where there were build concrete "Hitler" teeth, or shark teeth during the 2. World War, to protect for invaders from sea.
It is a beautiful trip by car, bus or bike from Sandnes to Brusand. Most of the time you can see the North Sea and the rolling Waves coming in, Farmland and

8. Sola Strand

Beach, Stavanger 4050, Norway
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4.5 based on 171 reviews

Sola Strand

Reviewed By Stephan S - Stavanger, Norway

On a warm summers evening, with the sun setting over a clear horizon, Sola baech is a memory to behold. On those days when the weather is normal, the walk is still pleasnat and refreshing. There will be kite and wind surfers skimming across the waves, and, if the need be, Sola Strand Hotel is there for a meal or a drink., in warm pleasant surroundings.

9. Tryggvi Islandshestgard

Kvernelandsveien 117, Sandnes 4323, Norway +47 918 71 497
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Tryggvi Islandshestgard

Tryggvi Icelandic horsefarm is located in Sandnes outside Stavanger, in Rogaland. The farm holds about 35 icelandic horses, thousands of chickens for food production, bees, rabbits, cats and one dog.We offer guided riding trips in weekends and in school holidays for 1-3 hours. The weight limit for riding at our place is 95 kg or 210 lbs. We need at least 2 riders to start a trip, and the age limit for un-experienced riders is 10-12 years old. We also offer childrens riding, with no age limit.We also offer riding school one time a week, Monday till Thursday, during the school year with both trips in the forest and lessons in our riding hall.At last, we got horses for sale, we rent out stables for private Icelandic horses and the riding hall for riders located in the area, and we offer therapeutic riding lessons for people with disabilities one time a week.

Reviewed By Siseja - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

I have both taken riding lessons and also several weekend rides of various lengths. The horses are good and safe and come in various difficulty levels. The school focuses on hands-on experience, with the majority of the lessons taking place outside in the form of hikes through the forest on horseback.
Great care is taken to ensure the safety of all the riders. The weekend tours all start with a short lesson on how to control your horse with difficulty levels and each individual horse's personality taken into account. At the end of the tour the guide will have a small chat with each guest, asking how they liked the tour and if communication between rider and horse went smoothly or not.
Tryggvi offers a fantastic riding experience for people of all ages and skill levels.

10. Varlivarden

Varli, Sandnes 4306, Norway +47 51 97 55 55
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5 based on 12 reviews

Varlivarden

From Varlivarden, 386 m, you have a Panorama in all directions, overlooking mixed woodlands and deciduous forest contrasting with open areas. There are several starting points for the paths in the area, but if you arrive by car, the best parking is at ovre Hetland, at Myrland and at Maudland. The distance between ovre Hetland and Varlivarden is around 5 km. Many round trips are possible in the district. A round trip from Myrland takes about 1 1/2 hrs. whilst from ovre Hetland about 3 hours. The paths can be both rocky and marshy and therefore unsuitable for prams, pushchairs or wheel-chairs. (Sandnes)

Reviewed By TheHikingDude - Kendal, United Kingdom

Vårlivarden is a 387m hill located a few kilometres east of Sandnes. This is a fantastic circular walk which takes 90 mins to 3 hours, depending on how long you stop to soak in the stunning views. Despite its' relatively modest height, it is the highest peak in the immediate area and so provides wonderful 360 degree views - with Stavanger and the coast with many Islands to the west, and larger snow-topped Mountains to the east. You can also see the steep sided entrance to Lysefjorden, and a number of lakes.
Decent walking shoes are advised. It can be muddy in a few places. The steep er ascent will require easy scrambling at times. Check the weather beforehand - clear weather is essential for the wonderful views.
To reach it take the road R13 towards Hommersåk and look out for the right turn where the R13 heads towards Lauvik. After approximately 5km you will see a sign to the left for Vårli ... drive up there and follow the road for 3km, it becomes a trackway for the final 1/2km and ends at a small car park.
From the car park continue on the trackway for some 200 metres looking out for signs pointing both left and right for Vårlivarden. This is the start and end point of the circular walk. I advise taking the right path. From here on, follow the red dots of paint on rocks and tree trunks. The path climbs gently through woodland for 1/2km. Look out for where the path turns left and begins to climb the steeper side of Vårlivarden. This will take you up to the summit which is topped with a cairn and box containing a book to sign. From the summit you can see in every direction. To the north you will see that Vårlivarden has a gradually declining ridge, flanked on its' left by a sheer cliff. This ridge is your descent route. Follow red dots, sticking fairly close to the cliff edge. Eventually you will come to a steeper rock slab descent, where you will find a signpost pointing to a number of different places. Take the path that goes almost back on yourself to the left, and follow the path descending down into woodland. The path switches in direction but stick with it, keeping a good eye out for the red dots. In time it will bring you back to track way at the beginning of the circular walk.

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