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.
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