Kongeparken is a popular amusement park for the entire family. You can make your own delicious chocolate at the Freia Chocolate Factory, ride Norway's largest carousel, or try Norway's longest bobsled track - over 1,093 yards long.
Sightseeing and museums
During the summer season you can join an informative city sightseeing tour by bus with a guide.
The city center of Stavanger is quite compact, which makes it easy to reach most attractions on foot. Why not stop by some of the city's many museums, such as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, The Norwegian Canning Museum, Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts and the Norwegian Children's Museum on your walk?
Broken Column, a sculpture project by Antony Gormley, is made up of 23 cast iron figures placed at different locations around Stavanger. The three Swords in rock at Hafrsfjord remind you of the battle of the Vikings in 872 AD led by the famous King Harald Fairhair.
When travelling around you can visit the Jærmuseet Science Centre, which has museums at both Sandnes and Nærbø. In April 2009, Jærmuseet was named Norway's best museum.
Vitenfabrikken ("the science factory") in Sandnes has a planetarium where the constellations above can be studied, as well as many other experiences. The Science Center presents interactive experiences in technology, landscape, building styles and methods, as well as livestock.
Fritz Røed’s Sculpture Park, "A song about life", is situated in Bryne center. The park consists of 10 sculptures of various styles and sizes. Here you will find humour, solemnity, childlike playfulness and reflection.
The dramatic Lysefjord with the majestic Preikestolen ("the Pulpit Rock") is not far away and can be experienced all year round. The sightseeing boat tours depart from the harbour in Stavanger. The hikes to Preikestolen and Kjerag are also popular, and during the summer season bus transport is available.
In 2008 Stavanger and Sandnes were designated European Capital of Culture, a testimony to the variety and wide range of cultural events and activities in the region. The Gladmat Food Festival, usually held at the end of July, is a large happening in the region, and attracts around 250,000 visitors every year.
Keep up-to-date with all the exciting things happening throughout the year in the Stavanger region with the What's on? calendar.
If you enjoy hiking, the areas around Sandnes, the Lysefjord and the Jæren coastline offer plenty of opportunities. See Hiking in the Stavanger region for further information.
Fishing is possible in both rivers and lakes if you have a fishing licence. In the sea it is free for everyone.
The beaches of Sola and Jæren have excellent conditions for surfing andkiting. The summer season is great for beginners, with warmer temperatures and gentle waves. The late autumn and winter season offer more demanding and rewarding conditions.
Bring your own bicycle or rent one from the tourist information offices. There is a wide range of routes to choose from, for example The North Sea Cycle route.
Kayaks and canoes are also available for rent. If you like to really get close to nature it is possible to join guided kayak tours or participate in a kayak course.
For more adrenaline you can try fjord rafting with a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), or a helicopter ride over the Lysefjord.
In winter there is a popular ski boat that can take you from Stavanger city center to Sauda ski center, which offers five slopes with ski lifts. Another fantastic winter destination only 1,5 hours away from Stavanger, is Sirdal, with ski center Tjørhomfjellet.
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