Stavern has kept its special charm with narrow streets and old houses. Nicknames like "Dimple of Norway", "Jonas Lie's town" and "Herman Wildenvey's town" are just a few of the names deservedly put on this wonderful spot.
Stavern is a favourite with thousands of tourists and artists.
In Stavern the summer lasts "all summer long". Spring and autumn also charms visitors with sunny days where sea and sky lie cheek to cheek. In summer, Stavern boils like a southern stew.The population multiplies, and the town has a vast amount of summer activities with galleries and exhibitions on every street corner.
Stavern has a long tradition as a town for artists and has, through time, become famous for a variation of exhibitions by both local and regional artists, amateurs and professionals alike.
You will be excited by Easter, summer, autumn and Christmas exhibitions on about 20 locations around town.
Stavern and Herman Wildenvey irrevocably belong together, and this spot is where Herman and Gisken Wildenvey built their "Hergisheim", finished in 1927. In winter they lived like all other ordinary residents of Stavern, but in summer the couple was a natural focus for visiting artists like Ørnulf Bast and August Oddvar.
The statue of Henrik Wildenvey outside the Fredriksvern Verft main entrance was created by Ørnulf Bast in 1955. Wildenvey looks towards Hotel Wassilioff, maybe longing back to those summer days and summer nights in Stavern a long time ago.
Just to the left of the Stavern Church entrance, lies the grave decoration of the poets Thomasine and Jonas Lie. It was raised in 1908 with a relief based on a well-known double portrait of the couple. As a very young man Jonas Lie was a sea cadet candidate in Stavern and lived at the fort commander's residence. The atmosphere was later immortalised in his novel "The Commander's Daughters". Later, Jonas Lie returned to Stavern and lived there for the last 2-3 years of his life, in his newly built home at Larviksveien 22 called "Elisenfryd".
For 4 weeks each summer the town beams with life, when "Happy Days in Stavern" are arranged. There are activities on stage, on the beach and at Fredriksvern Verft.
Welcome to Stavern!