The Norwegian fjords have been rated among the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. In a survey of the most popular World Heritage sites conducted by National Geographic Traveler Magazine and National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, Norway's western fjords emerged as the winner.
The Stavanger region has many beautiful fjords. One of the most famous fjords in the region is the Lysefjord. The fjord is 26 miles long with rocky walls falling nearly vertically over 3,280 feet into the water. Not only is the fjord long and narrow, it is in places as deep as the mountains are high. You can experience this magnificent fjord on afjord cruise from Stavanger all year round. This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Norwegian nature.
The Lysefjord is home to two other major attractions: Kjerag and Preikestolen ("the Pulpit Rock").
Preikestolen is located 1,981 feet above sea level and is the most visited attraction in the county of Rogaland. Lonely Planet named it the number 1 most breathtaking viewing platform. Preikestolen can be seen from the Lysefjord, but is even more impressive from above. After a spectacular two-hour hike you will have a magnificent view of the fjord.
Kjerag is another major attraction in the area. Its highest point is 3,641 feet above sea level, but its northern drop to the Lysefjord attracts most visitors. The drop is 3,228 feet above sea level and is just by the famous Kjeragbolten, a big boulder wedged between two rocks. It takes around three hours to hike to Kjerag. Be prepared for a strenuous hike, however it is absolutely worth the effort.
Watch a video from the Stavanger area and Preikestolen:
If you enjoy hiking, but prefer shorter hikes, Månafossen Waterfall is definitely worth a visit. Månafossen has a free fall of 301 feet and is the biggest waterfall in Rogaland county. It is also the ninth tallest free fall waterfall in Norway. The waterfall is protected and is one of the biggest attractions in Rogaland.
Gloppedalsura scree consists of avalanche boulders that are piled on top of an end moraine. Some of the boulders are as big as houses.
The Stavanger region does not only offer beautiful fjords and majestic mountains but also stunning beaches. Here you can visit the longest sandy beaches in Norway. In the article Best Holidays 2004, The Sunday Times ranked Solastranden as the sixth best beach in the world. The journalist David Wickers was so enthusiastic that he rated the beach ahead of beaches both in Spain and Thailand. Spend time here for any purpose - sunbathing, swimming, kiting or surfing. The lighthouses along and off the coast are also open for tourists, and some of them offer accommodation and food.
Magma Geopark area is a member of European Geopark under the auspices of UNESCO thanks to the area's important geology: unique rock formations that comprise a moonlike landscape. Geologists have visited this area for over 100 years, producing over 350 major and minor scientific geological studies and a rich historical literature about the special rocks. Several of the Magma Geopark localities show geological phenomena that cannot be seen anywhere else in Europe.
Sogndalstrand, Helleren and Jøssingfjord
Sogndalstrand is the only village in Norway where both the wooden buildings from the 1700s and 1800s and the surrounding cultural landscape are protected. Innermost in Jøssingfjord lie two houses below Helleren, an ancient settlement. The houses date from the end of the 1700s to the beginning of the 1800s.
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