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”.

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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.

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Recommended between April and October

Pulpit Rock

Have you heard about Pulpit Rock? Before you book your trip to this spectacular wonder, be sure that you are not afraid of heights and have a pair of comfortable hiking shoes. This is one of the most adventurous walking trips that Norway can offer to you and it appers to be among the most popular ones: over 200 000 tourists take up the challenge every year.

The tour itself takes about 2 hours (from 3 to 4 hours for untrained travelers), and do not forget to calculate the time you go back to your transport. The stairs are upgraded in 2014, making the route easier to accomplish.

Stavanger Culture

Join the street festival or go to a concert. You have a huge choice of cultural events all over the city.

Stavanger Boat Trip

Take a boat trip to the fjords and waterfalls. We cannot really describe the natural beauty around Stavanger in words: you have to experience it on your own. You have the option of a short or a long trip and we suggest you to book your trip in advance during the summer due to demand in high season.

Stavanger Cathedral

Stavanger Cathedral is situated right in the middle of the city. While being the oldest cathedral in Norway, it is a beautiful example of the medieval Romanesque/Gothic style. The interior is stunning and leaves you with a serene sense of worship. If you are lucky, you can listen to a live performance. Photos allowed.


Stavanger Cathedral is included in our Stavanger Essential Walking tour (link opens in a new window).



Norwegian Petroleum Museum

Norwegian Petroleum Museum is suited to everyone, regardless of age or profession. You will be surprised how fun can it be to play with all the hands-on interactive exhibits. You get an insight into how Norway became the wealthiest nation in the world.

Stavanger Old Town

Old Stavanger, the most charming part of the town overlooking the main harbour area, is absolutely worth visiting. Houses here are lovely, decorated with flower boxes, and almost every restaurant has outdoor tables.

Old city visit is a part of our Stavanger Essential Walking tour (link opens in a new window).

Flor & Fjaere

We rate Flor & Fjaere so high because of our passion for truly unique experiences. A short 20–25 minute boat ride from Stavanger harbour brings you to a beautifully themed summer paradise in the most unlikely spot on the planet, one of the many islands surrounding Stavanger. Five gardeners and a talented cook create a tropical island and a pretty good restaurant.

Utstein Kloster Hotell

If you want to stay as close as possible to some magnificent Norwegian nature, the Utstein Kloster Hotell should be your first choice. It is located at Mosterøy, 35 minutes’ drive from the centre of Stavanger. Fantastic views and high-quality food will make your vacation really pleasant. The hotel has its own harbour, which is convenient for travellers with their own yachts or motorboats.

Mosterøyveien 661, 4156 Mosterøy

+47 51 72 01 00

Clarion Hotel Stavanger

This perfectly located hotel excels on every detail: room comfort, customer service, and breakfast with a great variety of foods. The restaurant is worth mentioning too, as well as the superb jacuzzi with fabulous views on the city and mountains.

Arne Rettedals gate 14, 4008 Stavanger, Norway

+47 51 50 25 00

Scandic Stavanger City

This new, clean and fresh hotel has the perfect downtown location close to all you might need in the city. We loved the hotel’s kitchen, the breakfast is plentiful, and the Varmen restaurant offers some great lunch and dinner options. Staff express a genuine, caring attitude towards the guests, so we placed it high on our list.

Reidar Berges Gate 7, 4013 Stavanger, Norway

+47 21 61 52 00

Stavanger Essential Walking tour

2 hours

Essential Stavanger walking tour will connect you to the city, reveal its small and charming secrets and help you to understand its cultural background. You will be charmed by the city’s old town, its cobblestone streets and small wooden houses and travel back in time through the different periods that were of great importance to the city’s development and economy. Our guide will share with you some fascinating stories and paint the picture with funny anecdotes and amazing facts.

In 2 hours you will see:

  • Gamle Stavanger
  • Stavanger harbor
  • Cathedral (XII-XIII ct)
  • Valbergtårnet, the watch tower
  • Modern center and shopiing streets
  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum (from outside)
  • 2-4 photostops

Price for 2 hours: 2.200 NOK
Price for 3 hours: 2.900 NOK
For each additional hour: 500 NOK


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