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

  • Save 4% Island Hopping on a Classic Norwegian Fishing Boat from Stavenger
    Island Hopping on a Classic Norwegian Fishing Boat from StavengerNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    This lovely 3 hour tour to the islands on our Classic Norwegian Fishing Trawler departs from Stavanger center harbor at 11am....

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  • Save 4% Stavager to Trolltunga - The scenic ride
    Stavager to Trolltunga - The scenic rideNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 10 Hrs

    At 2300 or 0500 morning you are picked up from your hotel - headed for one of the truly most amazing destinations in Western ...

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  • Stavanger Self-Guided Audio Tour
    Stavanger Self-Guided Audio TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: Flexible

    Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour.This enchanting audio tour ...

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

    • Air Pollution 15.91 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 20.31 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 21.88 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 7.81 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 9.21 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Stavanger for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Stavanger.

    • Burglary and Theft 27.17 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.28 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 21.74 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 21.2 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 16.85 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 23.33 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 35.87 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.89 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 68.48 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 24.46 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.85 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 29.35 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Stavanger is 190.59 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 74.59 (High)
    • Climate Index 79.99 (High)
    • Pollution Index 18.97 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.81 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 104.32 (High)
    • Health Care Index 66 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.48 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 107.97 (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.

  • 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 15.41 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 54.95 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 103.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 98.12 USD

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