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.

Known for

Skyscraper, Café and Hiking

Top hotels in Stavanger

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger
4 out of 5
Lokkeveien 26, Stavanger
C$116/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,057 reviews)

"Great restaurant. Ate in it both nights. Staff friendly and helpful. Parking underneath hotel but limited space. Pool and fitness room. Easy walk in to centre. Breakfast busy so go early."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger
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Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
4 out of 5
Olav V's Gate 3, Stavanger
C$127/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
4.6/5Wonderful! (423 reviews)

"Lovely clean, modern, spacious hotel. Pleasant location by the lake but a short walk to Old Stavanger and the Harbour."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2019

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
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Scandic Stavanger City
4 out of 5
Reidar Bergesgate 9, Stavanger
C$115/night
Aug 10 - Aug 11
4.3/5Excellent! (855 reviews)

"Best breakfast I have ever seen!! They even gave us a breakfast to go the last day when we had to leave early for the airport"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2019

Scandic Stavanger City

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

Flørli Stairs Guided Hike & Lysefjord Cruise
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Flørli Stairs Guided Hike & Lysefjord Cruise

C$227

Cruise through the Lysefjord and take in the incredible scenery of Preikestolen. Hike up 4444 stairs along the world’s longest staircase to the top of the mountainside. Enjoy the fjord views and visit the former power plant village of Flørli.

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

C$26

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.

Kjerag: Guided Summer Hike + Lysefjord Cruise
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Kjerag: Guided Summer Hike + Lysefjord Cruise

C$212

Begin your adventure in the early morning when your professional nature guide picks you up at your preferred meeting place. Catch glimpses of some of Norway’s stunning landscapes during a 1-hour transfer to the edge of the fjord.

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

C$197

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.

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

C$56

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.

Preikestolen Guided Hike - “Off the Beaten Track”
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Preikestolen Guided Hike - “Off the Beaten Track”

C$212

Avoid the crowds by hiking with a guide in near-solitude while encountering out-of-this-world views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord – which only few have seen. Embark on your trip by canoeing across Refsvatn Lake.

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