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People enjoying the view of Lysefjorden from Pulpit Rock in Fjord Norway
Preikestolen in Ryfylke.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Regionstavanger.com
Children on a roller coaster in the amusement park Kongeparken outside Stavanger in Fjord Norway
Family fun in Kongeparken, Stavanger.
Photo: Kongeparken
People surfing at Borestranda beach outside Stavanger in Fjord Norway
Surfing at Borestranda beach.
Photo: Kristine Tofte

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 the Kjerag bolt 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.

In 2008, 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 Stavanger

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Popular outdoor activities

From fjord safari to scenic hikes – enjoy the outdoors!

Where to stay

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

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Food and drink

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

Events in Stavanger

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

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Getting to Stavanger

Get in-depth travel information on the Stavanger region's official website.
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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. It is a short walk from the parking lot at Gramstad to the top and it is possible… Read more
Dalsnuten
In Kongeparken there is something for each and everyone in the family: Norway's biggest drop, challenges in zip lines, a fire station that creates… Read more
Kongeparken - Family Park
Welcome to Magma UNESCO Global Geopark! In the far south of Rogaland you will find an area with such a unique geology that we have been recognised by… Read more
Magma UNESCO Global Geopark
Our region boasts the longest sandy beaches in Norway, 70 km in all, and long stretches of sand dunes with their own special flora and fauna. The… 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 choice of marvellous food. Mile upon mile of sandy beaches and sand… Read more
Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren
Nuart street art festival has left treasures all over Rogaland county the last years. You can find pictures made by international street art artists… 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
Arguably one of the most colourful streets of Norway? Well find out for yourself. Shopping and plenty of places for coffee and drinks too. Read more
Øvre Holmegate - The colourful street
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
Sogndalstrand
Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts offers a collection of distinguished Norwegian art ranging from nineteenth century to contemporary art. Read more
Stavanger Art Museum
Vitengarden is an exciting science centre and museum located in Nærbø and Jaeren, one of the largest agicultural areas in Norway. Interactive… Read more
Vitengarden (science farm) (Jærmuseet)
Discover this popular science centre and museum in Sandnes. Here are four levels of exhibitions and activities. Topics are natural science,… Read more
Vitenfabrikken
Amazing Preikestolen Feast your eyes on majestic Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) seeming to reach into the sky above incredible Lysefjord. This exciting… Read more
Fjord cruise Lysefjord & Preikestolen
Trollpikken is a unique stone near Egersund that become world famous June 2017 when it was cut off during the night. Money were raised to get… Read more
Trollpikken
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. Read more
Preikestolen
Kjerag - The Majesty of the Lysefjord, in Ryfylke. At 1084 metres, Kjerag towers above the other peaks along the Lysefjord. NB! Do not hike to Kjerag… Read more
Kjerag
Flørli is a roadless hamlet and it lies deep into the spectacular Lysefjord, close to the Kjerag bigwalls. Only way to get here is by ferry. Flørli is… Read more
Flørli 4444
The most engaging, but still safe, action-packed experience at sea! Get your energy levels up during an exciting ride on the waves along the stunning… Read more
Lysefjord safari with rib boat
Jærruta is a suggestion for a 4 days' bike tour for the whole family. It covers the whole Jæren between Sola and Egersund. You can choose to bike… Read more
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
Månafossen waterfall is with its 90 metres in free fall the tallest waterfall in the county of Rogaland. The hike starts at Eikeskog where the track… Read more
Månafossen and Friluftsgården Mån
Welcome to Sirdal Ski Centre at Tjørhomfjellet and Ålsheia. This is the biggest resort in Sirdal, with areas for the whole family to have fun and… Read more
Sirdal Skisenter Tjørhomfjellet og Ålsheia
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
Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. Read more
Bergen
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
Flåm
A charming city, lush nature, old Viking thrones, and festivals await in Haugesund and Haugalandet. Read more
Haugesund and Haugalandet
Get to know Kristiansund, a city on four islands famous for clipfish, opera, and The Atlantic Road. Read more
Kristiansund
Situated at the end of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sognefjorden, Lærdal features dramatic mountain tops, unique wooden houses in… Read more
Lærdal
Molde has some of Fjord Norway’s most famous attractions. Experience the world-famous Molde international jazz festival, enjoy spectacular views… Read more
Molde
In Nordfjord you are greeted by a beautiful stretch of coastline, towering mountains and the biggest glacier on mainland Europe, Jostedalsbreen. Read more
Nordfjord
Experience some of Fjord Norway’s most stunning nature attractions, such as the Atlantic Road, the Romsdalseggen ridge, and the Innerdalen… Read more
Northwest
Imagine finding yourself looking over mountains, rockslides and polished cliffs – hundreds of metres above sea level. In Ryfylke, the nature is… Read more
Ryfylke
The Røldal ski centre in the Hordadalen valley is known for receiving more snowfalls than any other area in Norway. It is also one of the best… Read more
Røldal
In Stryn you can join a rope team walking on a glacier, go summer skiing, and enjoy white sandy beaches – all on the very same day. Read more
Stryn
The Sunnfjord area offers a mix of active holiday activities in diverse and unspoilt nature, attractions like a viewing point of unseen… Read more
Sunnfjord
Sunnhordland has some of the most distinctive scenery in Fjord Norway. Folgefonna - Norway’s third largest glacier - is the icing on… Read more
Sunnhordland
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 area
From Trolltunga and the Folgefonna glacier to the Vøringfossen waterfall – the Hardangerfjord region offers some of the best experiences… Read more
The Hardangerfjord region
Step on world famous mountain plateaus like Preikestolen and Kjerag, and then challenge yourself on the 4444 steps of the wooden staircase of… Read more
The Lysefjord area
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
You could go hiking or skiing, admire Ålesund's unique Art Nouveau architecture, explore the fjords – or just kick back and enjoy the… 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
Voss
Discover Åndalsnes, famed for the Romsdalseggen ridge, Trollstigen, and the Rauma Line, Europe’s most beautiful train journey. Read more
Åndalsnes
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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 local

      Local travel

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

    • 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 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.

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