Stavanger

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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

Frogner House Apartments – Lagårdsveien 61
Frogner House Apartments – Lagårdsveien 61
3.5 out of 5
Lagaardsveien 61, Stavanger, Rogaland, 4002
The price is £79 per night from 9 Jun to 10 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Stavanger. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (302 reviews)
Great value
"Great value. The room standard was good, it looked like some parts have been recently upgraded. There was a great mini kitchen with everything we needed where we could cook. The bathroom was okay. We had an issue with the window that was fixed right away, so quick service. Some noise from the road ..."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2021

Frogner House Apartments – Lagårdsveien 61
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
4 out of 5
Olav V's Gate 3, Stavanger, 4002
The price is £101 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Stavanger. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,123 reviews)
"Great room in a very nice and convenient area, with a spectacular breakfast."

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2022

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
Comfort Hotel Square
Comfort Hotel Square
3.5 out of 5
Løkkeveien 41, Stavanger, 4008
The price is £89 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Stavanger. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (961 reviews)
"Top stay, enjoyed the hotel and was close to the centre easily within walking distance.. Would defiantly stay again if I decide to visit again"

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2022

Comfort Hotel Square
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.
Frogner House Apartments – Lagårdsveien 61
Frogner House Apartments – Lagårdsveien 61
3.5 out of 5
Lagaardsveien 61, Stavanger, Rogaland, 4002
The price is £79 per night from 9 Jun to 10 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Stavanger. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (302 reviews)
Great value
"Great value. The room standard was good, it looked like some parts have been recently upgraded. There was a great mini kitchen with everything we needed where we could cook. The bathroom was okay. We had an issue with the window that was fixed right away, so quick service. Some noise from the road ..."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2021

Frogner House Apartments – Lagårdsveien 61
Frogner House Apartments Pedersgata 7
Frogner House Apartments Pedersgata 7
4 out of 5
7 Pedersgata, Stavanger, Rogaland, 4013
The price is £819 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Stavanger. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Popular attractions Stavanger Ferry Port and Solvberget are located ...
Frogner House Apartments Pedersgata 7
Home Again Kirkegata 30
Home Again Kirkegata 30
4 out of 5
Kirkegata 30, Stavanger, Rogaland, 4006
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Stavanger. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV and cable TV. Popular attractions Valberg Tower and Solvberget are located nearby. Discover ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Great apartment in a great location.
"This apartment was perfect for a 2-night stay. Newly refurbished so everything in perfect condition. Shower is fantastic. Location perfect - everything in the city centre is within a 5-10 minute walk. Pictures taken right outside."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

Home Again Kirkegata 30
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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