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StavangerNorway

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.

Top Hotels in Stavanger

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clarion Hotel Energy
Clarion Hotel Energy
4 out of 5
Ishockeyveien 2, Stavanger
The price is CA $132 per night

Located in the heart of Stavanger, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of DNB Arena, Stavanger Forum and Stavanger Idrettshall. Amfi Madla and Rogaland Art ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (422 reviews)
Great hotel

"Best hotel ever, nice service, beautiful room, friendly people. The parking was little bit far away"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2019

Clarion Hotel Energy
Clarion Hotel Stavanger
Clarion Hotel Stavanger
4 out of 5
Arne Rettedals gate 14, Stavanger
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $176 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (560 reviews)

"This hotel is superior! The staff, rooms and food are excellent. I will stay here over and over again."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2020

Clarion Hotel Stavanger
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
4 out of 5
Olav V's Gate 3, Stavanger
The price is CA $139 per night

Located in Kannik, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Stavanger Cathedral, Stavanger Maritime Museum and Old Stavanger. Telecom Museum and Stavanger Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (848 reviews)

"Excellent location , very comfy bed and nice room , will definately use this hotel again."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger

Popular places to visit in Stavanger

Kongeparken
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Kongeparken

5/5(1 review)

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

4.5/5(2 reviews)

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

5/5(2 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Stavanger

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

CA $19
Per adult
Waterfalls, Caves and Rock Tour By Sea
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Waterfalls, Caves and Rock Tour By Sea

CA $164
Per adult
Guided hike to Flørli 4,444
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Guided hike to Flørli 4,444

CA $292
Per adult
Guided hike to Kjerag and Kjeragbolten
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Guided hike to Kjerag and Kjeragbolten

CA $175
Per adult
Guided hike to Pulpit Rock Preikestolen
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Guided hike to Pulpit Rock Preikestolen

CA $146
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
ETours-Ryfylke
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ETours-Ryfylke

CA $118
Per adult

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