You can fly directly to Stavanger Sola airport from the UK on Norweigan Air, and the airport is about 15 minutes outside the centre of Stavanger. You can combine a visit to Stavanger with a road trip to Oslo round the coast, or a road trip to Bergen exploring all the fjords.
Stavanger lies in the South of Norway, and is the 4th largest city in the country. It was founded in 1125 and its old town is still filled with beautiful 18th and 19th Century wooden houses, but its population is booming due to the development of the local oil industry. It’s also a hugely expensive city – often voted one of the most expensive in the world.
Here are my Stavanger highlights:
ONE. Pulpit Rock
From Stavanger you can do a day trip to Pulpit rock (Preikestolen). It’s a steep cliff almost 2,000ft high above the fjords, with a completely flat top offering epic views. It is one of the most visited tourist sites in Norway and a magnet for BASE jumpers who leap off the cliff! The hike to the top is about 2 miles.
Unfortunately, as you can see, we didn’t get the best weather! We definitely didn’t get the epic views!
TWO. Old Town (Gamle) Stavanger
This is the historic part of the town, with all the preserved wooden houses. It’s beautiful with all the flowers in the window boxes.
THREE. Valberg Tower
The Valberg tower was the former observation tower of Stavanger, and the Watchmen of Stavanger lived there. One of their duties was to alert the people when there was a fire. There is a lovely little museum in the tower, and beautiful views from the top.
FOUR. Swords in the Rock
Swords in the Rock is a monument located by the Hafrsfjord which is where Harald Fairhair united Norway as one kingdom in 872. The three swords symbolise peace, unity and freedom. The monument was unveiled in 1983.
This is a street in town which is known for being colourful and home to lots of nice restaurants, bars and cafes. Again it is made up of wooden houses, and a lot of them are painted in fun colours.
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