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

Majestic mountains

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:

Månafossen waterfall

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.

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.

Magma Geopark

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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Last updated:  2015-09-16
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

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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).

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.

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.

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

Key facts about the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger region is an area of contrasts, from quiet mountain areas for hiking to a vibrant university city with many culinary delights.

Tourist information in the Stavanger region

The Tourist Information Offices in the Stavanger region can help you with just about any travel-related query, from activity tips to booking hotels.

Tourist information in Sirdal

There are two tourist information offices in Sirdal. Here you will find all the information you need to plan your holiday in the area.

Key facts about Sirdal

The community centre of Sirdal is Tonstad, Norway's capital of hydro electrical power development.

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