Stavanger Travel Guide
Stavanger, Norway © Gary Bembridge
Situated on the southwest coast, Stavanger is Norway's fourth largest city, and its petroleum capital. A modern city, with excellent public transport, it also boasts the area known as 'Gamle Stavanger', a cobble-stoned old suburb full of 18th-century wooden houses, where many local artists have taken up residence. The old quarter spreads out from the harbour and the waterfront is also a hub of activity for travellers, bustling at night with crowds of locals and visitors, particularly during summer. Stavanger is a fun mix of old and new, a cosmopolitan port city with a charming historic atmosphere.
Sightseeing attractions in Stavanger include the Oil Museum, the Canning Museum, and the Rogaland Art Museum, among many others. The city is also known for its rich and varied nightlife, which is considered some of the best that Norway has to offer. In the summer, visitors can take advantage of Stavanger's many climbing and hiking opportunities, or hang out on Solastranden, a long, sandy beach close to the airport; and in winter, can ice skate on the city's largest lake, Stokkavannet.
Several low-cost airlines regularly serve Stavanger's Sola Airport making it a popular entry-point for travellers to Norway. Situated on the west coast of Norway, Stavanger is within easy reach of Bergen and the famous fjordlands.