Get a cheap flight to Stavanger and:
- be awestruck by the beauty of Lysefjord
- get some new knowledge at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum
- wander through the beautiful Old Stavanger
A small town grown up around a now booming oil industry - to such an extent that it may be justly called the petroleum capital of Norway - Stavanger is a city that almost defines the marriage of natural beauty and economic power that Norway is known for. Located on the inlet of Bokna Fjord about 300 km southwest of Oslo, Stavanger is a major port city on the south western coast of Norway in the county of Rogaland, boasting a healthy population of over 120,000 inhabitants. Get flights to Stavanger Sola Airport with airBaltic.
The official language of Stavanger is Norwegian and is spoken in a regional dialect, which may prove difficult for speakers of other dialects to grasp at first. This, however, should not be much of a problem as English is widely spoken.
See and Do
While Stavanger is perfect for enjoying the Norwegian landscapes, whether boating along the jagged coastline, hiking in the mountains or admiring the landscape art of Lars Hertervig in the Rogaland Art Museum, it is also a modern city pushing ever forward as an economic centre. A good start is to get tickets to the Stavanger Oil Museum which takes visitors through the many aspects of the oil industry, with an informative display including a drilling platform in miniature and an assortment of drilling equipment. On the other hand, to get a feel for Stavanger’s fishing history, visit the Canning Museum, where visitors are brought through the multi step canning process during a fascinating tour. At the Archaeological Museum, visitors can trace Viking history back over 11,000 years, gaining a whole new insight into the foundations of Norwegian culture and identity.
Gamle Stavanger, the old town has several hotel options and is lined by picturesque wooden houses, perfect for a leisurely stroll to take in the sights and acquaint yourself with the story of the city. Stop by Stavanger Cathedral, built in the 12th century and significant for its blend of several architectural styles. Sverd i fjell (sword in the mountain) is a collection of giant swords framed by the Hafrsfjord Mountains in the background and commemorating the victory of Harald Hårfagre’s forces, making him the first king of Norway in 808.
Meanwhile, just south of the city, several attractions encourage a day trip past the city limits. See the Iron-Age Farm, which is a faithful reproduction of a household from the 6th century or climb to the top of Preikestolen (the pulpit rock) 604 metres tall and the coastline’s signature cliff rising out of the fjord. See the beautiful Norwegian landscape by hiking, or in the white winter setting, head out to the resorts for a skiing and snowboarding holiday and in summer head to Solastranden (Sola Beach) near the airport, the most popular of Stavanger’s beaches.