Destination Stavanger

Stavanger, the country's fourth largest city, is a gateway to the fjords and mountains of the Norwegian west coast. Receiving warm surges from the Gulf Stream, the city and its coastline is blessed with a mild and temperate climate.

Top 5 reasons to visit

Old Stavanger and the culture city

The Norwegian Petroleum Museum

The Pulpit Rock and the Kjerag Wall

The Kjerag Boulder

The Lysefjord

Whether visiting Stavanger during the high season in summer or at any other time of the year you are most likely to encounter a beautiful Norwegian coastal city seeped in history, draped in beautiful surroundings and housing some of the most outgoing and friendly people in the country.

History

The oldest remnants of settlement in Norway are found in the area, dating back 10.000 years to the end of the last Ice Age. Since its foundation in the early 12th century, Stavanger has always had an eye to the rest of the world. With its excellent natural harbours and proximity to Europe and the British Isles it served as a centre for international sea trade, exporting mostly dried and canned fish. After vast oil fields were discovered off the coast in the North Sea in the 1960s, Stavanger has become a financial focal point, popularly called the “oil capital of Norway”.

Modern day Stavanger

Modern day Stavanger is a thriving and bustling city showing influences from all over the world. Rich in both capital and history it houses quite a few excellent museums, of which the Petroleum Museum is ranked as the best. History is in the open also in the bay area Vågen (same as, and similar to, the one in Bergen), housing some of the city’s original trading houses and fish depots. The Vågen area is also renowned for its bustling nightlife and excellent restaurants, serving everything from international standards to old traditional Norwegian fish dishes. During summer this part of the city transforms into a haven of concerts, outdoor restaurants and beautiful old wooden boats.

Retaining a lot of its original structure, central Stavanger is intimate and beautiful, dominated by parks and small lakes. By the largest of these, the Breiavatnet lake, you can visit the home of late Alexander Kielland, considered one of Norway’s’ greatest writers.

Exceptional mountain scenery

Stavanger is also the natural departure point for exploration of the nearby mountain scenery of the Pulpit Rock, Kjerag and Lysebotn, renowned locations for extreme sports such as rock climbing and BASE jumping. Venturing out to the rough seas on the coast north and south of the city you can also try decent, albeit cold-water, surf. The popularity of this originally underground extreme sports culture has been on a rise, especially since its depiction in the independent film success “Monster Thursday”. This and other recent feature films has established Stavanger as one of the most important centres for filmmaking in Norway outside of the capital.

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