The fourth largest city in Norway sits on the western coast of the country, for years a capital for shipping, later the petrol business made it the petrol capital in Norway and also a gateway to Norway. Stavanger was founded in 1125, when the cathedral was completed. The city has several times been
In summertime the tourism is at its peak, every day you can see several cruiseship in the harbor, and just a small walk and you find yourself in the middle of centre of Stavanger.
Old Stavanger, a collection of 173 wooden buildings from 18th and 19th century, almost all of them painted in white. Here you can find several galleries and handicraft boutiques.
The Cathedral, Stavanger Domkirke, build between 1100 and 1150, it is the only Norwegian Cathedral that is almost unchaged since the 14th century.
The city centre, very small and intimate, easily conquered by fot, and free from cars.
Stavanger Museum, located in the old part of Stavanger, commemorates the city’s history as a herring capital of Norway.
From the mid 1800s Stavanger was established as one of the biggest maritime towns in Norway. When the sailing era reached its peak in the 1870s, the town had more than 600 ships sailing all the oceans. Most of the ships sailed with raw
materials from America and Asia to the industrialized Western Europe. Stavanger’s fleet of sailing ships employed approximately 5000 men, most of whom were recruited in the town or its near vicinity. Since then ships and seamen
from Stavanger have always participated actively in international shipping.
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum, located at the harbour. Its exhibits explain how oil and gas are created, discovered and produced, and what they are used for. A interactive museum for both young and old.
Original objects, the models, film and interactive exhibits illustrate everything from day to day life offshore to technology and dramatic incidents. The exhibit “North Sea Divers” is a new exhibition about the pioneer-divers in the North Sea. Interactive stations, films and texts explain the challenging work the divers had.
You may have fun in cinema for the 3D movie Petropolis is shown all day. You can experience scary dinosaurs and technological adventures told in a funny and engaging way. The exhibitions are texted in English as well as Norwegian and all the films are in English. Activity are on sheets for children and as well as activities for youngsters throughout the exhibitions. Oh I dare you to try the Catastrophe room and rescue chute 😛
Øvre Holmegate – The colourful street, a new addition to the city some years back, and now a blooming street with shops and cafees, try a hot chocolate at the Sjokoladepiken. Perhaps the most colourful street in Norway where all the buildings have been painted in fresh colours.
Broken column, a special sculpture project that consist of 23 iron figures placed places around the city
Hiking, Stavanger is the place to start if you want to go hiking. From there it is only a drive or boattrip away to Lysefjorden, home of the Preikestolen (the pulpit rock) and Kjerag (Bolt Rock). Preikestolen is a massive rock 604 meters above the fjord. Kjeragbolten is a rock between a cliff approx 1000 meters above the fjord. This has made the area a popular spot for base jumping. Though do remember that weather conditions decide if the trips is wise to do or not.
Lysefjorden – One of the most famous fjords in the Stavanger region is Lysefjorden. The fjord is 42 kilometres long with rocky walls falling nearly vertically over 1000 metres into the water. This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Norwegian nature. Marked trail along both sides of the fjord.
Preikestolen (the pulpit rock) – one of the most visited attractions in Norway, and one of the most photographed sites of the country some how. Visiting this rock formation 604 metres above the Lysefjord is a fantastic nature experience. In 2011 Preikestolen was listed one of the world’s most spectacular viewing platforms
SEASON: April – September. In the beginning of the season the trail might still be covered in ice and snow. Always check the weather conditions before hiking. If snow and ice, use spikes and ski poles when hiking. Make sure you hike when it is daylight. Wear warm clothes, bring extra clothing and packed lunch and drink. If you are not confident to do the hike on your own, please book a tour with a local nature guide.
GETTING THERE BY BUS OR TAXI: The bus departs from Tau to Preikestolen several times a day. The bus corresponds with ferry departures from Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger. Rest of the year the bus stops at Jørpeland. Further transportation will be with a taxi. The hike up to Preikestolen is a two hours marked trail.
Kjerag (Bolt Rock) – popular mountain peak that goes as high as a 1000 metres over the Lysefjord.
The Lysefjord is a pearl in Norwegian nature. The glaciers formed the fjord landscape during the last Ice Age, and can be called a canyon. The mountain soar up to 1000 metres (3000 feet) above sea level on both sides of the fjords and some places it ranges as deep in the fjords as its height above sea level.
The fjord’s special characteristics are intensified to the extreme at Kjerag . The mountain side that swoops vertically to the fjord below is an impressive sight from the deck. Understandably, Kjerag is a seductress of mountain climbers and base hoppers alike during the summer time.
Beaches, if you travel south along the coast you will come to many beautiful white sandy beaches.
Swords in Rock, if you travel a bit out of Stavanger you will come to Harfsfjord. It was here that Harald Hårfagre fought a battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872 AD.
By air, Stavanger Airport Sola
By train, Stavanger is the final destination of Jærbanen.
By boat, many cruiseships arrive in the summer. There are all year round boats and ferries travelling to England and Denmark. And you can travel further in to the country by ferries.
Use your feet or rent a bike, Stavanger is a small city and all is within walking distance.