Trip time! Discover the hiking, cafes and sightseeing in Stavanger.

Maritime and cultural history museums, outdoor activities and food festivals all make Norway’s forth-largest city a traveler’s favorite. Stavanger was founded over 10,000 years ago. The city today retains the atmosphere of a traditional sea port, yet has the cosmopolitan charms that earned it European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Getting around Stavanger is easy on foot as many major attractions are within walking distance of the city center. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Gamle Stavanger (Old Town) to find an assortment of 18th-century wooden houses. Go to the city’s harbor to find pubs and restaurants, many with outdoor seating areas. Come in July when the Gladmat Festival takes over the harbor. Here you can sample regional fish dishes and take cooking classes.

A major feature of Stavanger is its large collection of museums, which are ideal to visit when the weather shows its notoriously cold side. Learn about the city’s fish canning heritage at The Norwegian Canning Museum. Spot work by Norwegian and international artists, such as Antony Gormley, at the Stavanger Art Museum. Play games that originated in the Stone Age at The Norwegian Children’s Museum. Boat enthusiasts will appreciate the model ship collection at the Stavanger Maritime Museum.

Be sure to visit Kongeparken for a day of family fun. This amusement park is home to more than 50 rides and attractions, including the longest bobsled track in Norway. Visit the park’s chocolate factory to try your hand at making some of this sweet treat.

While in Stavanger, don’t miss out on a cruise of the Norwegian fjords. Visit Lysefjord to see a 1,312-feet (400-meter) tall waterfall, enjoy kayaking excursions and hike to viewpoints and mountain peaks.

Rent a car to explore areas outside of the city. Drive to the island of Mosterøy and visit Utstein Monastery, which is the best-preserved medieval monastery in Norway. Alternatively, rent a bike and explore areas of the North Sea Cycle Route. This 3,728 mile (6,000 kilometer) long cycle route passes through eight European countries.

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Skyscrapers, Cafés and Hiking

Top hotels in Stavanger

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
4 out of 5
Olav V's Gate 3, Stavanger
£94
per night
27 Sep-28 Sep
4.6/5Wonderful! (505 reviews)

"The location was perfect and the staff outstanding. Parking was not on-site but there was a parking lot really close to the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger
4 out of 5
Lokkeveien 26, P.O. Box 307, Stavanger
£97
per night
27 Sep-28 Sep
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,065 reviews)

"Very nice stay. Central location with walking distance to several attractions and dining places. Great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger
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Comfort Hotel Square
3.5 out of 5
Løkkeveien 41, Stavanger
£81
per night
27 Sep-28 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (909 reviews)

"Good and pretty new but very basic hotel. No teapot in the room, not even a tissue box. The room was small but clean and quiet. The location can be called central considering the size of the city, but driving to the hotel was easy as it's not directly in downtown. A parking garage is in the basement ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019

Comfort Hotel Square

Popular things to do in Stavanger

Kongeparken
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Kongeparken

Learn the art of chocolate making, hurtle down Norway’s longest bobsled run and watch live science shows at one of the country's favorite amusement parks.

Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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Norwegian Petroleum Museum

Learn about the geological history of oil, how it was found in the North Sea and the importance of oil production safety precautions at this interactive museum.

Stavanger Cathedral
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Stavanger Cathedral

Admire a gorgeous Gothic façade, see Baroque-influenced decorations and walk around rejuvenating gardens at one of Norway’s oldest cathedrals.

Top activities in Stavanger

Shore Excursion: Stavanger Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Shore Excursion: Stavanger Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£34

Explore Norway's third largest city on a City Sightseeing bus tour! With this flexible hop-on hop-off bus tour, passengers can discover the sights of this city at ease.

Stavanger Self-Guided Audio Tour
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Stavanger Self-Guided Audio Tour

£11

This Norwegian city of Stavanger is built around a beautiful large natural harbour and is famously known as Europe’s oil capital. Learn about the city’s interesting history and visit some of the city’s 23 sculptures that are scattered around Stavanger.

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock): Guided Sunrise Hike
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Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock): Guided Sunrise Hike

£117

Experience the beauty of the Lysefjord in near-solitude on a hiking adventure at sunrise. Hike to Preikestolen during twilight hours and catch the sun rising over the Lysefjord before the crowds of tourists have even begun to make their way up the trail.

Waterfalls, Caves and Rock Tour By Sea
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Waterfalls, Caves and Rock Tour By Sea

£99

I am sure one of the reasons you are visiting Stavanger is to experience all the Norwegian fjords has to offer. Let Stavanger be one of the highlights of your stay or cruise when in port for the day. The fjords were created by glaciers.

Guided Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Autumn Hike
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Guided Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Autumn Hike

£98

Autumn is the perfect time of year to experience the Lysefjord and Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) from a unique perspective. Join a guided hike and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and post-equinox daylight.

Guided Kjerag Autumn Hike
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Guided Kjerag Autumn Hike

£126

Witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air. Snow, when present, contrasts splendidly with the flame-colored foliage. Join our autumn guided hike to Kjerag before the season is over! Begin your journey with pick up by your professional guide in Stavanger city-center.

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