Surrounded by beautiful fjords, mountains, and long, white beaches, Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and cultural events.
Famed for its many natural attractions and old wooden houses, the Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway. Here, you can explore scenic landmarks such as the Lysefjord, Sola beach, and the famous cliff Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) which Lonely Planet once named the world’s most breathtaking viewing platform.
Stavanger is both a university city and Europe’s oil and energy capital. Many different nationalities are attracted to the region, making it a highly international destination. This is all reflected in Stavanger’s urban and lively atmosphere, with cutting-edge food menus and a booming cultural scene.
Though Stavanger is an ever-evolving city, the city’s proud history shines through. Old Stavanger has Europe’s best preserved wooden house settlement with more than 170 white wooden houses.
With so much to see you’ll be happy to learn that getting to the Stavanger region and around is easy.
Find more inspiration on Stavanger and Ryfylke’s official website.
With natural attractions, innovative museums, and high-profile kitchens, the Stavanger region is ready to give you an enjoyable holiday.
The city centre of Stavanger is compact and you can reach most attractions on foot. Stop by some of the city’s many museums, such as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger Art Museum, and the Norwegian Canning Museum.
The varied smells of the city centre come from an increasing amount of different kitchens, such as Michelin-starred restaurants RE-NAA and Sabi Omakase.
In the region, you will also find a growing appetite for food and drink festivals, with Gladmatfestivalen in July as the biggest of its kind.
Combine the urban life of Stavanger and the neighbouring city of Sandnes with hiking and stunning views from Preikestolen and Kjerag in the Lysefjord, or try the surf at the white sandy beaches along the coast.
There are regular train departures to Stavanger from Oslo via Kristiansand, and the journey takes about eight hours.
The local train between Stavanger and Egersund departs at least once every hour, providing easy access to the Jæren area.
There are several daily bus departures from Oslo, Bergen and Kristiansand to Stavanger.
The approximate travel time from Oslo is 10 hours, from Bergen 5 hours and from Kristiansand 4 hours.
If you want to take your car with you from abroad you can take a ferry from Hirtshals in Denmark to Kristiansand, a four-hour drive from Stavanger, or to Tananger, about 20 minutes from Stavanger.
From the boat terminal in Stavanger, you can choose from a number of passenger boats to the areas of Ryfylke, as well as to the islands just outside of Stavanger.
Bus travel in Stavanger is operated by Kolumbus, which offers a network of routes covering the Stavanger and Sandnes areas.
Stavanger has Norway’s second largest airport when it comes to international air traffic. To/from Stavanger International Airport Sola, there are direct flights from more than 60 destinations in Norway and abroad.
An airport shuttle bus links the airport and the city centre of Stavanger. It departs every 20 minutes, and travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
There are many possibilities for getting around in and outside of the city centre and to the attractions in the region.
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