Solastranden (Sola Beach)
Solastranden, or Solar Beach, is a lovely crescent of fine golden sand on the edge of Stavanger. It is the best beach in the area and a few years back it was even listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by the Sunday Times. Whilst we maybe wouldn’t go that far there is no doubt Solar beach is one of the finest in Norway.
Stretching for over 2 kilometres and backed by low dunes with fields beyond, there is a real feeling of open space here. There is very little in the way of development and the beach is very much unspoilt. It is worth noting that Stavanger Airport is directly behind the beach, although the main runway is set back a fair way. Most days the noise of the planes is drowned out by the waves.
As the name suggest, Solar beach comes into its own on sunny summer days. It can draw something of a crowd during the holidays but there is generally enough room for everyone to spread out.
This is a popular spot for swimming and water sports, although the water is generally a little on the chilly side. When the wind picks up you’ll see plenty of kite-surfers and the waves can be good enough for surfing. It’s also a great family beach with all the facilities you need for a perfect day at the beach.
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