Stavanger is one of the largest cities in Norway, and one with a relatively mild climate by Norwegian standards. It’s a place that combines contrasting attractions, offering both a lively city and easy access to unspoiled nature with mountains and sandy beaches, as well as ancient history and modernity. It even manages to retain its small-town feel, despite being one of the most populous cities in the country. That’s thanks to its historic city center and its many suburbs spread across the surrounding valleys, plains, and islands.  

    While Stavanger has earned the nickname of “the Oil Capital of Norway” thanks to its current main industry, it’s a place with a long history. This is especially evident in Gamle Stavanger, among the delightful 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses. It has also left behind the beautiful Stavanger Cathedral and populated a wide range of museums. The beaches and beautiful surroundings remain a major draw, though, filling the harbor with cruise ships every summer. 

    What to see & do in Stavanger

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    Things to do in Stavanger, located along the southwestern coast of Norway, include taking in gorgeous ocean views, ancient architecture, museums, shopping, dining, nightlife and thriving arts and culture scenes. The Stavanger Cathedral is as old as the city, dating back to the 12th century. You can visit the Stavanger Museum and Norwegian Petroleum Museum to learn all about the history of the city and the role oil has performed... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Stavanger

    • 10 Places Where Locals Love to Eat in Stavanger

      Stavanger is an affluent international city with a high demand for first class dining. The city's restaurant business has renewed itself in line with growth and internationalisation, so whatever you fancy to eat, you're guaranteed to find somewhere to satisfy your hunger and your senses. Geographically, restaurants range from Asian to African to American, but with local food from the...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Stavanger

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Stavanger

      Stavanger's compact center is pleasant to walk around, and unless you're shopping for something in particular, it's nice to just take the time to look around the streets. This also gives you a chance to browse the unique independent shops. For a more targeted shopping experience, it's best to head for the shopping malls. You will find several in the...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Stavanger

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Stavanger

      With the new concert hall, Stavanger has gained a formidable venue for classical music and major artists. But the city also offers plenty of venues for other music genres and lesser known artists. The heart of the Vågen district is considered the most popular and has the widest appeal. The hip and colorful Øvre Holmegate has become a good alternate...

    Useful information

    • Stavanger Travel Essentials

      Our Stavanger Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help you plan your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Norway. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from Stavanger Airport, Sola to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do...

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