A city rich on experiences
Stavanger is a city with great culture and stunning nature. Explore this small metropolis, with numerous festivals and cultural events. It was the European Capital of Culture in 2008. Take a stroll in Old Stavanger, famed for its narrow streets and wooden houses, or enjoy the kilometres of beaches just outside Stavanger. Whatever you do, don’t miss the breathtaking view from Preikestolen, the famous Pulpit Rock, in nearby Lysefjord - "Most breathtaking viewing platform" Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Sights, 2012.
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum tells the story of the development of the oil industry in the North Sea – and the architecture is an attraction in itself. If you want to go back in time and get a glance of how it was when Stavanger was a great exporter of canned fish, visit the Norwegian Canning Museum located in Old Stavanger. Stavanger is surrounded by some of the best farmland in Norway and the restaurants are very focused on using local produce in their cuisine. Indeed Stavanger, which is home to the Culinary Institute of Norway and the popular Gladmat Festival in July, Norway’s largest food festival, is regarded by many as the food capital of Norway.
There is always a festival, a concert or an event to enjoy in Stavanger. Please check the event calendar and find out what you want to experience during your stay in this lively city.
Golf in the Stavanger Region
The Stavanger region boasts five nine-hole and four 18-hole golf courses. These offer professional quality and are, except for one, open all year.
Round trips starting in Stavanger
Explore the Stavanger Region with Fjord Tours.
What to do around Stavanger
The Lysefjord is situated between towering cliffs and mountains, with the majestic Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) being its most famous feature. The Lysefjord is within easy reach of Stavanger, with daily boat trips through the year.
The Jæren Beaches (Jærbeaches)
Klepp boasts the longest sandy beaches in Norway, 11 kilometres in all, and long stretches of sand dunes with their own special flora and fauna. The entire beach areas of Jæren are classified as a conservation area, and segments are plant and wildlife conservation reserves.
Viking Settlement and Nordvegen History Centre, Avaldsnes
Visit the Avaldsnes Settlement and the Nordvergen History Centre, where you can walk in King Harald Fairhair’s footsteps and learn about the fascinating history of the Norwegian Viking. Here you can visit the burial mounds, the standing stones and a reconstruction of a Viking Farm. Open all year. Nordvegen History Centre is one of Norway’s most important historic sites.
National Tourist Routes
National Tourist Routes are beautiful drives with that little bit extra. Featuring spectacular viewpoints with service buildings, car parks, furniture, paths and art, they do make the travellers experience richer while bringing travellers even closer to nature. Two of these 18 tourist routes can be found in the area around Stavanger and if you rent a car, do not miss out on the opportunity to drive along these stunning routes.
National Tourist Route Jæren
The National Tourist Route Jæren from Bore to Ogna is 41 kilometres long. Here you will encounter open skies, wide horizons and endless ocean, constantly changing weather and light. Read more about the National Tourist Route Jæren.
National Tourist Route Ryfylke
Tourist Route Ryfylke stretches from Oanes in the Lysefjord to Håra in Røldal. It is 183 kilometres long and presents beautiful, varied and lush landscape with green sheltered islands and agricultural landscapes, separated by rocks, mountains and fjords. Learn more about the National Tourist Route Ryfylke.
Check other activities and attractions in the Stavanger Region
Summer connections from Aberdeen to Northern Norway from £99 one-way
Widerøe also offers excellent connections from Aberdeen via Bergen to Bodø and Tromsø. From Bodø, further connections to for example the Lofoten Islands, and from Tromsø to Finnmark.