Stavanger Tourism, Norway

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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.

Stavanger Travel Tips

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.

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Facts and Stats for Stavanger*

  • Pollution Statistics in Stavanger

    Know the pollution level of Stavanger before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 17.5 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 21.43 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 32.14 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.93 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 8.93 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 10.29 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 21.43 (Low)
  • Stavanger: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Stavanger for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Stavanger.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.4 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.16 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 27.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 26.16 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 22.09 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 29.76 (Low)
    • Attacks 31.4 (Low)
    • Drug offense 40.12 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 78.57 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 63.37 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30.81 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.67 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 35.47 (Low)
  • Living in Stavanger - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Stavanger is 187.87 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 68.92 (High)
    • Climate Index 80.09 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 20.09 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25.47 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 111.74 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 64.01 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.41 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 114.57 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Stavanger

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Stavanger

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 16.13 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 58.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 111.63 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 107.26 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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