Is it not too easy to have only one capital? Norway has different kinds of capitals: in 2008, Stavanger, together with Liverpool, became the cultural capital of Europe. Stavanger also competes with Oslo in the number of festivals held each year, and well deserves the title of “musical capital of Norway”.
The city feels like a young man full of hope, ideas and plans for the future. You quickly forget that Stavanger will soon celebrate its 900th anniversary. I always thought that it is no accident that the Norwegian oil adventure started here: the energy in this city brims over. And that’s the reason we call Stavanger the “Oil Capital of Norway”.
There are two major attractions near Stavanger: Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock. They also happen to be among the most fascinating places on earth, according to the Lonely Planet guides. Spare some time for the city itself, even if you have come to see the surrounding nature.