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Positioned on the southwestern tip of Norway, Stavanger went from sleepy market town to wealthy metropolitan city when oil was discovered in the area in 1969. However, much of Stavanger’s old-world charms remain, with streets of beautifully preserved wooden buildings making up the heart of the city, dating back to the 18th century. You will also be in good company, as the Ledaal manor house serves as the King’s official residence in the city.
Wandering among the quaint streets is an easy way to lose hours, or head out into the stunning surrounding nature with your hire car. A visit to the world-famous Preikestolen (‘pulpit rock’) is also a must-see – located 604 metres above sea level, providing breathtaking views over Lysefjord and the surrounding mountains.
Fly in to Stavanger Airport, located at Sola, eight and a half miles south of the city centre. From there it is an easy 20-minute drive to the heart of Stavanger, travelling on the Rv509 and the E39 through the wooded Sørmarka park.
With a hire car you can easily drive to other destinations within reach of Stavanger, such as the attractive town of Lyngdal (a two and a half hour drive), which boasts beautiful beaches and fjords bordered by mountains. Grimstad is also just four hours away in the car, where you can wander along the harbour and explore a museum dedicated to the playwright Henrik Ibsen, who called the town home in the early 19th century.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Stavanger to suit every budget and requirement, from Hertz and Alamo to Enterprise and Avis.
Stavanger offers a whole host of museums to interest kids and adults alike. The Maritime Museum covers 200 years of the city’s nautical history, offering the chance to glimpse everything from reconstructions of a merchant’s living quarters to two historic sailing vessels, which both sit in the port. Meanwhile the Stavanger Kunstmuseum (a 10-minute drive from the city centre) displays Norwegian art from the 18th century to the present. In addition to this, the Stavanger Domkirke is also worth visiting – Norway’s oldest medieval cathedral still in its original form, which houses some beautiful tapestries and elaborate stained-glass windows.
Further afield, the annual Gladmat Food Festival (held in July each year) is just a 15-minute drive outside of the city, while the stunning city of Bergen is five hours away, where you can explore the surrounding mountains and fjords. The Norwegian capital of Oslo is also worth the seven-hour drive – a thriving hub of cultural activity and the heart of Norway itself.
On motorways and some highways, speed limits are 56-62mph. On all other roads outside built-up areas, unless otherwise indicated the speed limit is 50mph. In general, vehicles coming from the right have priority but trams will always have right of way.
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