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Stavanger
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Stavanger which includes street scenes, shopping and a small town or village

This historic, oil-rich city in southwestern Norway is renowned for its culture and sardines, and for being a gateway to the spectacular Norwegian fjord

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.

Where to stay in Stavanger

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
4 out of 5
Olav V's Gate 3, Stavanger
The price is £86 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Kannik, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Stavanger Cathedral, Stavanger Maritime Museum and Old Stavanger. Telecom Museum and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,205 reviews)
"I absolutely loved the place and had a stønning view:)"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
Clarion Hotel Stavanger
Clarion Hotel Stavanger
4 out of 5
Arne Rettedals gate 14, Stavanger
The price is £93 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Kannik, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Telecom Museum and Stavanger Cathedral. Old Stavanger and Stavanger Maritime Museum are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (800 reviews)
Clean, reasonable value for money
"Quite ok. Good location. Clean, efficient. Breakfast buffet is ok, with some vegan choices."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Clarion Hotel Stavanger
Scandic Royal Stavanger
Scandic Royal Stavanger
4 out of 5
Lokkeveien 26, P.O. Box 307, Stavanger
The price is £96 per night from 29 May to 29 May
This family-friendly Stavanger hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Telecom Museum, Stavanger Cathedral and Old Stavanger. Stavanger ...
4.2/5Very Good! (313 reviews)
"We had a great stay at your hotel! The only bad thing we have to say about it is the view."

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2021

Scandic Royal Stavanger
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tuvesundet, Hytte ved Sjøen med båt
Tuvesundet, Hytte ved Sjøen med båt
350 Hiskavegen, Bomlo, Vestland
Situated in Bomlo, this cottage is within 25 miles (40 km) of Stord Culture Center, Sunnhordland Museum and Vevika strand. Stord Golf Club and Hardangerfjord ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
Water water everywhere, but now a drop to drink!
"We understood the water situation, but would have appreciated having potable water provided. We were on bikes so without the help of relatives hauling in water, we would have had trouble."

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019

Tuvesundet, Hytte ved Sjøen med båt
4 Bedroom Accommodation in Etne
4 Bedroom Accommodation in Etne
Strondavegen 852, Etne, Vestland
Situated in Etne, this holiday home is 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from Gjerde Church and within 32 miles (52 km) of Pebaren and Husnes Storsenter. Langfossen is 27.3 mi ...
4 Bedroom Accommodation in Etne
1 Bedroom Accommodation in Etne
1 Bedroom Accommodation in Etne
Nernesvegen, Etne, Vestland
Situated in Etne, this apartment building is 8.2 mi (13.3 km) from Gjerde Church and 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from Pebaren. Langfossen and The Potholes at Rullestad ...
1 Bedroom Accommodation in Etne
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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