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Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) and the Lysefjord, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life 2011
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Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) and the Lysefjord, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life 2011

Attractions in the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger Region boasts many scenic attractions, among them the Lysefjord, Solastranda Beach and the mountains of Preikestolen and Kjerag.

Beautiful fjords

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 42 kilometres long with rocky walls falling nearly vertically over 1,000 metres 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 a fjord cruise from Stavanger all year round. This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Norwegian nature.

Majestic mountains

The Lysefjord is home to two other major attractions: Kjerag and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock).

Preikestolen is located 600 metres above sea level and is the most visited attraction in the county of Rogaland. 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 1,110 metres above sea level, but its northern drop to the Lysefjord attracts most visitors. The drop is 984 metres above sea level and is just by the famous Kjeragbolten, a big boulder which is plugged between two rocks. It takes two and a half hours to hike to Kjerag. Be prepared for a strenuous hike, however absolutely worth the effort.

Watch a video from the Stavanger area and Preikestolen:

Månafossen Waterfall

If you enjoy hiking, but prefer shorter hikes, Månafossen Waterfall is definitely worth a visit. Månafossen has a free fall of 92 metres 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

Gloppedalsura scree consists of avalanche boulders that are piled on top of an end moraine. Some of the boulders are as big as houses.

Stunning beaches

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.

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Last updated:  2013-01-09
Kjeragbolten, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life 2011
Kjeragbolten, Norway
Playing on the Solastranda Beach outside Stavanger, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Playing on the Solastranda Beach outside Stavanger, Norway

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Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) and the Lysefjord, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life 2011

Attractions in the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger Region boasts many scenic attractions, among them the Lysefjord, Solastranda Beach and the mountains of Preikestolen and Kjerag.

Attractions in the Stavanger Region

Source: Visitnorway

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Tour suggestions in the Stavanger region

Go on a sightseeing tour of Stavanger, the Lysefjord or Norway’s only "palm island". Rent a bicycle or car and explore the region on your own.

What to do in the Stavanger Region

Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, go on a cruise on the Lysefjord, ascend Preikestolen or join a guided sightseeing trip around Stavanger.

The Lysefjord

The Lysefjord is situated close to Stavanger, and is especially known for the mountain formations of Kjerag and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock).

Preikestolen and National Tourist Route Ryfylke 360 panorama SkyCam

Get a bird's eye view of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), the Lysefjord and the rest of Ryfylke, home to the southernmost fjords in Norway.

What to Do in Ryfylke

Walk up to Kjerag and Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) mountain plateaus, go salmon fishing, or take a cruise on the Lysefjord.

Attractions in Sirdal

The annual sheep fair is a popular event in Sirdal. But there are many other attractions, natural or man-made, worth visiting in the area.

About the Stavanger region

Sirdal

Sirdal is known for good hiking and skiing. The famous mountain plateau of Kjerag in the Lysefjord is not far away.

Key facts about the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger region consists of the municipalities of Randaberg, Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola, Gjesdal, Klepp, Time and Hå.

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