Kongeparken adventure park
For children a trip to Kongeparken is undoubtedly the most popular option. Kongeparken is located a short drive from the hotel and offers exciting games and activities for young and old, as well as various catering facilities where you can top up your energy levels between activities. For more information about Kongeparken, please contact reception or read more at www.kongeparken.no
Metro Play Centre – an exciting jungle
Metro Play Centre is another brilliant attraction for families with children. The centre is decorated to look like a jungle and is one of Norway’s largest play facilities with trampolines, huge slides, ball canons and much, much more. A great place for children to play and run around. There is one Metro Play Centre in Sandnes and one in Stavanger. For more information about the Metro Play Centre, please contact the front desk or read more at www.metrolekeland.no
The Norwegian Museum of Childhood
The Norwegian Museum of Childhood is located in the cellar of the Stavanger Culture Centre. In the museum, which is popular among families with children, you can study an extensive collection of toys from the last century. The museum offers a good mix of exhibition objects and activities for children.
Vitensenteret Science Centre
Vitensenteret Science Centre in Sandnes is perfect for slightly older, inquisitive children who are interested in science and there’s plenty to keep adults engaged too. Ask reception for further information or take a look at www.jaermuseet.no
The North Sea Road – a scenic route along the coast
If you are curious as to what’s a little further afield we can recommend cycling or driving along the North Sea Road, a coastal route between Kristiansand in the south and Haugesund in the north-west. You can hire bicycles at the hotel. The route is a gateway to some breathtaking nature and cultural experiences along this stretch of coast. For more information about the North Sea Road, please contact reception or read more at www.nordsjovegen.no
Sola ruin church – 900 years of building history
The Sola church ruins is an important Norwegian heritage site and definitely worth a visit. This stone church was built in the early twelfth century and in use right up to 1842. The church was thereafter an open ruin until 1871 when the artist Johan J. Bennetter bought it and converted it into living accommodation and a painting studio. In the years between 1907 and 1940 the church stood once again in ruins and during the Second World War the occupying German forces tore down much of the remaining stone walls. In the 1980s the large arches were reconstructed and the church ruins were fully restored to their current state between 1992 and 1995. Due to this dramatic history, the church reflects a unique mix of building styles spanning 900 years. For more information about the Sola church ruins, please contact reception.
Swords in Rock
Swords in Rock is a monument at the innermost end of the Hafrsfjord in Stavanger municipality, a short drive from Sola Strand Hotel. The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed from Bryne in Time municipality and unveiled by King Olav in 1983. The monument comprises three large swords embedded in the Sveberget mountain to commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord in the year 872, when Harald Hårfagre united Norway into one kingdom. The largest sword represents the victorious king while the two smaller ones represent his unlucky opponents. The memorial is also a symbol of peace with the swords sunk into the rock never to be used again. For more information about Swords in Rock, please contact reception.
The Aviation History Museum
Sola Aviation History museum was established in 1984 by a group of enthusiasts keen to preserve the local aviation history for future generations. Although they started out with nothing but their passion for aviation, today the museum is run by a private foundation and welcomes scores of visitors each year. The walls are decorated with an array of photographs from Sola air base. At the entrance to the museum is a souvenir shop which stocks an excellent selection of model aircraft. The museum also has a small café selling freshly made waffles and coffee. For more information about the Aviation History Museum, please contact reception or read more at www.flymuseum-sola.no
The Pulpit Rock
The Pulpit Rock, perhaps the most famous mountain peak in the region, is a well-known tourist hotspot on the northern side of Lysefjorden in Forsand municipality, which neighbours Stavanger and Sandnes. The plateau, which is nearly flat, measures around 25 x 25 metres and towers some 604 metres above sea level. The Preacher’s Pulpit offers superb views of Lysefjorden and the unique surrounding landscape. The landmark derives its name from the characteristic appearance of the rock formation. It takes between one and two hours to walk the 3.8 kilometres from the car park at Preikestolshytta to the cliff. Further into the fjord, opposite the Preacher’s Pulpit, is the famous Kjeragbolten rock formation – an awe-inspiring photo opportunity. For more information about the Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten, please contact reception.
The Norwegian Oil Museum
The Norwegian Oil Museum in Stavanger is a modern and interactive museum where you can learn how oil and gas formed millions of years ago and how these resources are sought, produced and used today. The Norwegian oil industry took off in the middle of the 1960s and the museum shows its development, from the first platforms in the North Sea, to the steel and concrete platforms developed and constructed in Norway, and finally the modern production ships and underwater systems which appear to be the solutions for the future on the Norwegian shelf. Adjacent to the museum is the Geo Park, an outdoor facility for children combining play and learning. For more information about the Norwegian Oil Museum, please contact reception or read more at www.norskolje.museum.no
The Stavanger region has been a maritime hub from as far back as the Viking age right up to present day. Prior to the first discovery of oil on the Norwegian shelf, the region’s economy centred around the canning industry. For those interested in history and people we can recommend a visit to the town’s industry museum, maritime museum and archeological museum.