Stavanger is one of Norway’s oldest cities and despite being the third largest, is home to only 120,000 people.
It’s a rich city due to its thriving oil industry. Unemployment sits below 2% and despite the extremely high cost of living, wages are comparable and the locals love to eat and drink out. There are a plethora of pubs, bars and quality restaurants to visit but be sure to book a table if your planning to eat out at a weekend.
Like most places in Norway, Stavanger is a beautiful place to visit and nature isn’t far away. Crime here is almost non-existent and you won’t be hassled by anyone. Norwegians are an incredibly happy and helpful people and the locals in Stavanger are no different.
It’s the perfect place to wander through the back streets and get lost for a day.
Check out the Old Town for a peaceful stroll among quaint white painted wooden houses and cobbled streets or the brightly coloured buildings of the harbour area.
Everything is within walking distance with the exception of the Swords in the Rock monument which is easily reached by bus.
Above Image of Stavanger’s Swords in the rock © Avid Travel Media
If you’re a Museum enthusiast you’re in luck as although many of Stavanger’s Museums may not sound that exciting they are all a very high standard and will entertain the entire family. Chief among them is the Petroleum Museum. You won’t find another like this anywhere in Europe and it even has its own Oil Rig attached in the harbour.
Stavanger is also a great place to visit no matter the season. Winter doesn’t prevent the locals from enjoying a drink outside, every bar and coffee shop comes complete with outdoor seating, thick warm blankets and outdoor heaters.
The real draw to Stavanger is what lies outside of the city. A short ferry ride away and you have access to some of Norway’s most spectacular Fjords including the Lysefjord which is home to cascading waterfalls and the amazing Preikestolen which in English means “Pulpit Rock”.
This 640m high Granite outcropping towers above the Fjord and makes for an amazing sight.
To get a fully rounded experience of both Preikestolen and the Fjords you can hike to the rock itself and enjoy the amazing views. It’s a great fun hike during the Summer but be prepared for lots of crowds. Winter& Spring offer an entirely different experience and although there will be plenty of Snow & Ice it’s still possible to make the ascent and you will be rewarded with unspoilt views and very few other hikers.
Norwegian Airlines offer very good value flights as cheap as £30 from Gatwick to Stavanger and the Hotel prices are more than reasonable for the quality, most offer great breakfast buffet’s and almost every lobby has a waffle and coffee machine to keep you fed if you’re travelling on a budget. Some hotels even offer evening buffets.
Eating out can be expensive but the quality of the food is great, if you truly are on a budget you may have to give alcohol a miss as even the cheapest local beer is around 80 NOK / 8 Euros / £7.50.
Don’t let the living cost put you off, just look for the right deals. I’ll shortly be posting my full travel log of my trip to Stavanger which will include more details. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions I can help with.
Enjoy your Travels & mini adventures!