One of the most incredible places in the world, Stavanger is definitely a traveller’s paradise. With a huge number of attractions to do, there are many exciting things to do which will make up for your ideal vacation. If you have a thing for new places and love to explore them, then Stavanger is just the right place for you. There are plenty of attractions to visit and many amazing things to do. Here is the list of some of the best things to do in Stavanger.
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What to Do in and around Stavanger
Enjoy 47 best Stavanger attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Domkirken, Haakon VIIs, 4600 Stavanger
11:00 am - 04:00 pm
The quaint yet stunning Stavanger Cathedral is oldest in Norway and sits pretty peacefully in the heart of Stavanger. The construction of this Cathedral began around 1100 but was completed in 1125.
The gothic styled cathedral is hugely influenced by Anglo-Norman architecture. The stone structure with wooden carvings with stained glass paintings is a piece of paradise for Art lovers.
If you are lucky, you may be able to witness a marriage procession here. The verdant lush lawns around the Cathedral make it a stunning visual treat. There are many religious addresses and gatherings that take place here regularly. It is a well maintained structure and must be visited whether you are a devout or someone who digs in the history and culture of a place.
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Peder Clowsgt, Stavanger
11:00 am - 03:00 pm
Museum of Archaeology is the only place in Norway where you can treat yourself the Viking way. Every season the museum edifice is decorated with seasonal decorates inspired by Viking tradition. The museum authority organizes a regular exhibition for Viking voyage. It will take you to the brutal but fascinating Viking age. If you stand near the exhibition hall, you will listen to sounds of the sea, wind blowing off and creaking vessel. Isn’t that exciting? Once you enter the hall, you will see rolling waves in a grey-blue sea in front of you, which actually creates a realistic background in the exhibition.
If you reach there before 12 PM, you can join the guided tour named ‘Time Travel’. At 2 PM, you can attend a session that presents customs associated with brewing and consuming beer. Yoga classes are organized by the museum authority. If you want to participate, you must bring a yoga mat.
The museum is family-friendly and assures that kids will never get bored. You can encourage your kids to enjoy treasure-hunt games and other interactive activities. If you kid is interested in handicrafts, you can engage them in craft classes that starts at 3 PM.
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Noruega, 4001 Stavanger, Norway
Old Stavanger creates a 18th century mood with 173 wooden houses all painted white from the said era, neatly lined along the street. The sight is pretty overwhelming as you walk through the cobbled lanes and find yourself transported to the times that are long gone. Lovely creepers and flowers in full bloom in front of the houses add to the charisma of this place.
Old Stavanger is the conserved part of a much larger town that was razed off old buildings after World War II, to be replaced with new and modern architecture. Just these 173 houses were left and today they make for a delightful “fairy-tale” experience.
This entire section of the town is impeccably maintained and every house exhibits a distinct character mostly because these are privately owned and occupied. Most of the houses are white in colour and make for a cute show. It also figures in the UN world Heritage sites.
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
Situated close to Stavanger, Lysefjord is known for its mesmerizing mountain formations of Kjerag, lysefjord and Preikestolen or “The Pulpit Rock”. A southerly "big fjord" in Norway, it is famous as the pearl of Fjord Norway. The name Lysefjord itself indicates it to be a light fjord, and was carved out of glaciers in the ice age, later to be flooded by sea when the glaciers retreated.
It is a particularly popular tourist attraction for day trips, with tourists cruising the full distance of the fjord, and many taking a hiking trip to Kjerag Mountain, to view the magnificent drops.
Norsk Oljemuseum is one of its kind, dedicated to showcase the technology and process that goes into oil and Gas production. This museum was started on 20th May’1999 and has coveted DASA award to its credit. The architecture of the museum is itself a highlight and is inspired by Norwegian bedrock. Live exhibits, working models make you understand the intricacies of deep water drilling, related incidents and revolutionary techniques that make it all possible. The various sections and highlights of this museum are:
History of the Earth
Energy and Man
At the Technological frontier
Factories at Sea
Technology in depth
The museum authorities have gone an extra mile to make the experience of seeing museum a fruitful one for young children by involving them in activities that give great insight into the profound world of oil and gas exploration.
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Skagenkaien 35-37, 4006 Stavanger, Norway
12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
On the island Sor-Hidle, you will find Flor & Fjaere, full natural green beauty. It is a 20 minute ride from the centre of Stavanger on an island. Flor and Fjaere is a unique collection of gardens that have myriad of colours. The gardens are numerous and every year their theme changes. It is by May, that the gardens are thrown open to public. Each garden is surrounded by beautiful flowers, exotic plants including palm trees, green lawns, rustic interiors and waterfalls. The tropical garden is owned and operated by Siri and Olav Bryn and their family. They are keen to meet, guide and entertain each of the guests. Don’t forget to gorge on some delicious food at the restaurant here which also houses some of the best imported wines. The garden offers broad selection of live entertainment including dance, music, humour, stand-up, classical, jazz etc. on visitors’ request.
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Mollebukta, 4042 Hafrsfjord
Standing in the backdrop of a little tranquil beach on Hafrsfjord just outside Stavanger, this monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed and was unveiled by king Olav V of Norway in 1983.
This majestic structure has three Viking swords pinned into the ground beneath and stands almost 10 metres high. It was created as a remembrance of a battle fought in 872 AD that united Norway into one Kingdom.
“Swords in Rock” is unique, distinct and quite impressive. You can either choose to spend half a day picnicking around it on the pristine beach or take a stroll on the grounds towards the springs nearby. It is definitely a place you want your photograph at, to treasure it as a memento from Norway.
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Kongsgata 20, 4330 Algard
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Kongeparken is an amusement park with over 50 fun filled activities for adults and children located near Stavanger. Right from mind-blowing exciting rides to tour of chocolate factory and a taste of country life, this park is a definite “no miss” for anyone who is visiting Norway. The rides are classified based on height; some are strictly for adults while some activities do let you enjoy your time with the kids. The highlights amongst the 50 activities here:
1000m Bobsleigh track
Merry go round
Norway’s highest ferry wheel
Activities involving fire extinguishing and driving fire truck
Freia Chocolate factory
This major attraction was opened in the May of 1986 but was revamped with new concepts and rides in 1997. Since then millions have visited and enjoyed this vibrant and fun place. It is the only park in the world with Teddy bears as a theme.
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Ovre Strandgate 88, 4005 Stavanger, Norway
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
The city Stavanger had a dirty old stench of fish and other nasty stuff before the trade of oil and gas gave the city a make-over it deserved. Curious about how the city was back then? Well, then you must visit Norwegian Canning Museum that keeps you in the know!
Listen to the story of Stavanger’s fish canning heritage, explore the machineries, equipment, and commercials used at various stages of canning, such as salting, smoking, beheading and packing. The main attractions of this museum are:
Photographs of canning factories in Stavanger from the 1890s to the 1960s.
Book an educational program organized by the museum authority.
Cannery workers’ cottage, built in regency style architecture.
The museum has a shop to offer a wide selection of gifts including canned products, books published by museum authority, pen, keychain etc.
First Sunday of any month you can sample freshly smoked Sardine cooked in traditional wood-burning oven.
On Tuesday and Thursday in summer you can witness the traditional culinary style of cannery community.
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Nedre Strandgate 17 4005, Stavanger
11:00 am - 04:00 pm
Stavanger boasts of its seafaring and fishing heritage and its fascinating stories can be experienced at the Stavanger Maritime Museum. This beautiful building sits right by the harbour and has tons of exhibits and displays including a collection of some 7,500 maritime artefacts, 350 paintings and 600 maps and model ships.
Don’t forget to head to its second floor where you can visit the general store of the museum. Browse through the artefacts used by the sailors and collect souvenirs for your trip back home. In the third floor you will see merchant’s apartment, sail maker’s loft decorated in the style of 1900s. And this is the place where your kids can really enjoy. You can encourage them to play skipper of a boat while being dressed in 1900s’ maritime clothing.
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Domkirkeplassen 3, Stavanger 4006, Norway
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
When it comes to travelling solo or even with a group, the best way to explore the city is by referring to the tourist guides and information. Walk in to the Stavanger Tourist Information Office and collect all the free information material and the brochures guiding you through Stavanger Region.
This tourist information centre also provides assistance in selling tickets for city and fjord sightseeing trips, hotel booking and hotel passes offering discounts on hotel accommodation. Pick and pay for as many postcards, maps, stamps and different kinds of souvenirs for your family and friends. This is the place for you to get all the information about the nearby attractions, car rentals, transportation facilities, hotels and much more.
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Axel lunds veg 27, 4050 Sola
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Close to the Sola Airport, Sola Strand is an attractive hotel property situated by Solastranden beach which is famous for its breezy ambience and relaxed atmosphere. If you are one of those tourists who like to keep away from hustle and bustle of a busy city yet prefer a short drive to it, this hotel is for you.
This hotel is a heritage structure and has been standing tall since 1914 with its majestic historic treasures. A fireplace from 1914, newspapers from 1800s is some of the legends that greet you here. Though old, the hotel has a lot of contemporary appeal to it in form of new blocks.
If you are looking for relaxed strolls on the beach or have a deeply soothing day at the spa with 2000 water jets on your mind then this place does not disappoint. Do indulge in their elaborate spread of Norwegian delicacies made out of freshest of produce that are sure to satisfy the gastronomical enthusiast in you.
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Sandviga 1, 4007 Stavanger, Norway
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway is one of the leading attractions of Stavanger. Officially inaugurated by Crown Prince Haakon in 2012, the concert hall houses include two halls, one orchestra hall, awesome foyer areas that are located out on the seaside alongside a large outdoor amphitheatre. The concert hall is known for its symphony concerts in one of the halls and for arranging rock concerts in the other, both at the same time. This is one of the reasons why people are found thronging around the area and booking tickets for their preferred kind of show.
The orchestra hall, named after Fartein Valen is a specially designed one that conducts shows on acoustic music and 1500 seats in the stalls and the three galleries. The multipurpose hall named after a Norwegian poet and Lutheran pastor belonging to Stavanger, Jens Zetliz is designed for amplified music and is used for different types of music shows from rock to opera. The hall can have close to 1700 seats.
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Ostervagkaien 39, 4006 Stavanger
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
How can your trip to the land of Vikings be complete without knowing the valorous race which made this part of the world. Roots of Vikings is a semi-digital exhibition place that follows the history of North Europe from Ice age and its evolution to the present modern times. Various interactive tools make it an exciting session without making it feel like a class of old boring history lessons.
There are nine different presentations and exhibits created by world famous Norwegian artistes here. This is not all; you can pick some mementos from the wide range of products that are housed in the shop here. This museum cum exhibition of a place was established by Mette Wergeland and is set up in Wergeland Seahouse.
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Rogaland, Stavanger, Western Norway
Jaeren is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in mid-summer. Jaeren is a cluster of beaches over a stretch of 11 Kms and boasts of sandy beaches with rocks and stunning scenery. Bore, Kongeveien, Brusand and Helesto beach are highly recommended, especially if you are with your family.
Explore these beaches by renting a bike and stopping over at each pit stop. These beaches are fairly safe with a vast shallow expanse and no strong tides to bother you. Beaches are often windy and this one in particular is a great place to play dragonfly with your kids. Bacon Farse is one of the must-try local dishes in Jaeren. Restaurants located at the beaches serve them with meat wrapped in a bun.