A winter city break
in the Stavanger Region
Winter doesn't have to be just cold and grey ...
... it can also be quite colourful, if you visit the Stavanger region!
There are less crowds at the hot spots ...
Here are 11 reasons to visit the Stavanger region in winter:
2. Outdoor seating!
Speaking of spring ... Norwegians move outdoors as soon as the snow melts, and since Stavanger has relatively mild winters and rarely sees snow, you can start the season early!
3. Heart-warming food
And if the cool sea breeze picks up, head inside to enjoy some delicious food. Stavanger has a myriad of eateries, including exclusive Michelin-starred dining at Sabi Omakase and RE-NAA, Norway's only two-star Michelin restaurant.
Gather the girls!
Stavanger has a cosy city centre with short distances between its many pedestrian streets. Here, you'll find everything from quality Scandinavian brands to unique handicraft shops and shopping centres.
5. Do as the locals do
Soak up the local atmosphere in the charming neighbourhood of Gamle Stavanger, the oldest part of the city, with cobblestone streets lined with traditional white wooden houses.
Warm up with a coffee on the go from one the many delicious coffee roasters in the city ...
6. Lively street art
Don't miss Stavanger's cool street art!
Stavanger is known as the epicentre of Norwegian street art, attracting talented artists from all around the world.
8. Sola beach
Long, sandy Sola beach, is just a twenty-minute drive out from the city centre and is close to the airport.
Look out for surfers and kiteboarders whoenjoy the beach all year round. Why not give it a try?
You can stay at the nearby Sola Strand Hotel, with its restaurant by the dunes and lovely spa.
Choose between a relaxing cruise on the fjord that lasts around 3 hours, or the cruise & hike option that includes a hike to a famous formation.
10. Winter hiking to Preikestolen
Due to relatively mild winters it's possible to hike to Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) in autumn, winter, and spring too!
The round trip is strenuous and takes about four hours, with a total of eight kilometres distance.
In winter, we strongly recommend that you go with a guide, who can also provide the right equipment, as you might need spikes. Operators also offer transportation both ways from designated locations in Stavanger.
11. Hotter than hot
What better way to unwind after a day in the mountains, than by the heat of a fire?
Remember to book in advance!