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Plan your trip to Stavanger: Lysefjorden and The Pulpit Rock in Ryfylke, Fjord Norway
Plan your trip to Stavanger: Lysefjorden and The Pulpit Rock in Ryfylke, Fjord Norway
Preikestolen in Ryfylke.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Regionstavanger.com
Preikestolen in Ryfylke.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Regionstavanger.com

Plan your trip to the Stavanger region

Stunning fjords, white sandy beaches, and a cliff worthy of an international blockbuster – these are only a few reasons to visit the Stavanger region. You’ll also find a vibrant cultural life and cutting-edge restaurants in Stavanger and Sandnes.

Two highlights in the Stavanger region are the Sola beach and the impressive Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), named the world’s most breathtaking viewpoint by Lonely Planet. Towering 604 metres above the Lysefjord, it was used as the location for a nerve-wracking scene in the film “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”. Not surprisingly, Preikestolen is the most visited attraction in Rogaland.

The city of Stavanger is a vibrant university town. Thanks to the compact city centre, it is easy to get around on foot. Enjoy fantastic food, go shopping for bargains, and check out cool street art before you go for a wander through Europe’s best-preserved wooden houses in the area Gamle Stavanger.

In 1969, oil was discovered in the North Sea. Since then, the Stavanger region has been a key player in the Norwegian economy.

Stavanger/Sandnes is Europe’s oil and energy capital, and the main income in the area comes from the oil sector.

In Sandnes, you’ll find recreational areas with natural icons such as Kjeragbolten and the Dalsnuten mountain peak. Sandnes has grown steadily in the last few years and many new buildings have appeared, including the new town hall by the harbour.

A few years ago, Stavanger/Sandnes was the European Capital of Culture, and the region still has a thriving and varied cultural scene. Check out these insider tips for a long weekend in Stavanger.

Find more inspiration and information on the Stavanger region’s official website.

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Top attractions in the Stavanger region

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From fjord safari to scenic hikes – enjoy the outdoors!

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From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in the Stavanger region.

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From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what the Stavanger region offers.

Events in the Stavanger region

From festivals and concerts to shows and exhibitions. See what’s on!

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Getting to the Stavanger region

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Top attractions in Stavanger
Old Stavanger is located on the west side of Vågen in the city centre and comprises 173 wooden buildings. Read more
Old Stavanger
Dalsnuten is the most visited peak on the east side of Gandsfjorden in Sandnes. It is a short walk from the parking lot at Gramstad to the top and it… Read more
Jærstrendene (the beaches of Jæren) stretches from Tungenes in the north to Sirevåg in the south with a total length of 70 kilometres. You'll find a… Read more
The Jæren beaches - protected landscape area & Hope Spot
In the Jæren landscape, you will be awe-struck by the sheer beauty of nature, and the choice of marvellous food. Mile upon mile of sandy beaches and… Read more
Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren
Nuart street art festival has left treasures all over the Stavanger region in the last few years. You can find pictures made by international street… Read more
Street Art Nuart Stavanger
«Sverd i fjell» is a monument to commemorate the battle in Hafrsfjord. The monument is on a tiny mountain in the area where perhaps the battle took… Read more
Swords in rock
Sogndalstrand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rogaland. The village has pedestrian streets and small shops and galleries and a… Read more
Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts offers a collection of distinguished Norwegian art ranging from nineteenth century to contemporary art. Read more
Stavanger kunstmuseum
Vitengarden is an exciting science centre and museum located at Nærbø and Jæren, one of the largest agicultural areas in Norway. Interactive… Read more
Vitengarden (science farm)
Discover this popular science museum in Sandnes. There are four levels of exhibitions and activities. Topics are natural science, mathematics, energy… Read more
Trollpikken is a unique stone formation near Egersund that became world-famous in June 2017, when it was cut off during the night. Money was raised to… Read more
Jærruta is a suggestion for a 4-days' bike tour for the entire family. It covers the whole of Jæren between Sola and Egersund. You can choose to bike… Read more
Bike along the route Jærruta
Nice hiking & biking path along Hafrsfjord, which is easily accessible all year round. Total length is nearly 9 km. New parking lot with access via… Read more
Walking path along Hafrsfjord
It's a short hike to the waterfall Månafossen, however, the hike demands some sweat. Nonetheless, it's worth the effort. You'll have a grand… Read more
Månafossen and Friluftsgården Mån
Embark on a journey to an enchanting island with exotic gardens, for an experience that that will delight your senses. We want you to feel at home… Read more
Flor & Fjære
Destinations in Fjord Norway
Although it's the second-biggest city in Norway, Bergen is packed with small town charm. Read more
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
From Trolltunga and the Folgefonna glacier to the Vøringfossen waterfall – the Hardangerfjord region offers some of the best experiences… Read more
A charming city, lush nature, old Viking thrones, and festivals await in Haugesund and Haugalandet. Read more
Haugesund and Haugalandet
Discover Kristiansund, a city on four islands that's famous for clipfish, opera, and the stunning Atlantic Road. Read more
Explore the charming wooden houses in Gamle Lærdalsøyri. Read more
Molde has some of Fjord Norway’s most famous attractions. Experience the world-famous Molde international jazz festival, enjoy spectacular views… Read more
From soaring peaks and glaciers to deep fjords – nature is the main attraction in Nordfjord. Go hiking, surfing and paddling or relax at a spa.… Read more
Experience some of Fjord Norway’s most stunning nature attractions, such as the Atlantic Road, the Romsdalseggen ridge, and the Innerdalen… Read more
Feel the forces of nature! In Ryfylke, nature is the main attraction. From Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag to salmon safaris and the… Read more
Røldal is known for getting more snowfall than any other area in Norway. In summer, it's the perfect starting point for… Read more
In Stryn you can go summer skiing, explore glaciers, and a enjoy a fjordside spa – all on the very same day.  Read more
Suldal is located along the Scenic Route Ryfylke in Fjord Norway, a few hours from Stavanger and Haugesund. The area has been awarded the prestigious… Read more
The Sunnfjord area offers a mix of active holiday activities in diverse and unspoilt nature, attractions like a viewing point of unseen… Read more
Sunnhordland has some of the most distinctive scenery in Fjord Norway. Folgefonna - Norway’s third largest glacier - is the icing on… Read more
You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track to the Fjord Coast and get a taste of authentic coastal life. Read more
The Fjord Coast
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
The Geirangerfjord
Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock), Kjeragbolten and Flørlitrappene (The Flørli Stairs) are famous hiking spots located in Lysefjord in… Read more
The Lysefjord
Norway’s longest fjord, Sognefjorden, is surrounded by spectacular nature. In this part of Fjord Norway, you can experience fjord safari,… Read more
The Sognefjord area
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
Go hiking or skiing, admire Ålesund's unique Art Nouveau architecture, explore the fjords – or just kick back and enjoy the view. Read more
The Ålesund and Sunnmøre area
If you are craving thrilling adventures, extreme surroundings and Norwegian food specialities, Voss will not let you down. Read more
Discover amazing Åndalsnes, famous for its breathtaking landscapes and the Rauma Line, Europe’s most beautiful train journey. Read more
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    • Stavanger train

      By train

      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.

    • Stavanger boat

      By boat

      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.

    • Stavanger road

      By road

      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.

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    • Stavanger plane

      By plane

      Stavanger has Norway’s second-largest international airport To/from Stavanger Airport, there are direct flights from more than 60 destinations in Norway and abroad.

      An airport shuttle bus links the airport and the city centre.

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    • Stavanger local

      Local travel

      Bus travel in Stavanger is operated by Kolumbus, which offers a network of routes covering the Stavanger and Sandnes areas.

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