Stavanger Tourism

Stavanger, Norway is the third largest metropolitan area in Norway that was founded in 1125 with the building of the Stavanger cathedral. However, historians argue that traces of settlement go as far back as the 9th century.

For the longest time, its most important industries had been shipping, ship-building and fish canning until 1969 when oil was first discovered in the North Sea. That is when the city truly burgeoned into the economic powerhouse that it is today. It is now come to be called the “oil capital”.

Stavanger is an extremely popular tourist destination especially during the summer thanks to its mild and pleasant climate and its beautiful and spectacular fjords. This has made the Stavanger port one of Europe’s fastest growing ports for cruise ships. The city is historically and culturally rich and this shows in the boom of Stavanger tourism industry. It boasts of several museums including the famous Norwegian Petroleum Museum—the only museum of its kind in all of Europe.

Although it is one of the largest cities in Norway, Stavanger has managed to retain an inexplicable old world, small town charm. Old Stavanger, which is above the western shore of its harbour, with its wooden houses and narrow, cobblestoned streets will transport you back in time.

If you’re looking to visit a delightful city with the perfect balance of old and new, and some breath-taking views and wonders, Stavanger is a great destination.

Essential travel information and Stavanger tips for your visit

  • A small amount of precipitation is near constant. Keep your umbrellas handy.
  • If you take Bus line number 9 from the airport to the city, remember that only one piece of luggage is allowed.
  • If you are travelling by train, make sure you reserve it in advance as reservations are obligatory on long distance routes.
  • Instead of buying singular bus tickets, you should go for a day’s or three day’s bus pass. It will be much cheaper.
  • The airport shuttle is a little expensive. Take a taxi instead if you’re going outside of the city. Women should avoid taking a taxi alone.
  • If you are travelling by taxi, expect a 25 per cent surcharge in the evening, night or on Saturdays. The surcharge is 45 per cent on Sundays.
  • Check the weather before visiting any fjords. Sometimes it’s foggy.
  • Be careful while visiting the downtown area on weekends during the night as you might come across some intoxicated people.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Stavanger