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10 things to do in Stavanger


Welcome to Stavanger, one of Norway’s gems that offers a fascinating combination of breathtaking natural beauty and a culture rich in history. If you are ready for an unforgettable Norwegian adventure, Stavanger is the place for you. In this article, we will explore the top 10 attractions and activities you should not miss during your visit to this enchanting city.

Strolling along the harbor in Vågen

Vågen harbor is the beating heart of Stavanger. Here you will find a myriad of restaurants, cafes and stores offering local delicacies and souvenirs.

You can also admire the historic ships docked along the pier. The picturesque cobblestone streets and colorful houses of Fargegaten. Be sure to visit Stavanger Cathedral originally dedicated to Sankt Svithun.

Excursion to Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock)

For an unforgettable experience, hike to Preikestolen, an incredible rock plateau suspended above Lysefjord. Enjoy breathtaking views of the cliff and fjord below. If you are planning a visit to Preikestolen discover my guidebook.

Visit to the Petroleum Museum

Stavanger is known as the “oil capital” of Norway. Learn about the history of Norway’s oil industry at the Petroleum Museum, which offers interactive and interesting exhibits.

Exploration of the Stavanger Museum

This museum offers a comprehensive overview of the local history of Stavanger and Norway. You can discover ancient artifacts, works of art, and much more. The Stavanger Museum is located at Muségt.16.

Excursion to Kjerag

If you are an avid trekker, don’t miss the opportunity to hike to Kjerag, a huge rock set between two mountains. The view from the top is spectacular.

Boat trip to Lysefjord

A boat trip through the majestic Lysefjord is an experience not to be missed. See waterfalls, cliffs and the natural beauty of the region.

Savor local dishes

Enjoy Norwegian cuisine in local restaurants. Try marinated salmon -gravlaks-, fish soup -fiskesuppe- and sea shrimp -rekker-. Don’t forget to try the famous “rakfisk.”

Exploration of Gamle Stavanger

We conclude our tour by visiting Gamle Stavanger, one of the best-preserved areas of 19th-century wooden houses in Europe. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and admire the period Scandinavian architecture.

Visit Flor & Fjære

A flower garden on an island 20 minutes by boat from the city. Unbelievable but true. 5 hectares with tropical, Japanese areas and a restaurant-garden dedicated to the jungle. An oasis of flowers and plants in the middle of a North Sea fjord.