Stavanger, Norway © Gary Bembridge
Situated on the southwest coast, Stavanger is
Norway's fourth largest city and its petroleum capital. A modern
metropolis with excellent public transport, it also boasts Gamle
Stavanger, a cobble-stoned old suburb full of 18th-century wooden
houses, where many local artists have taken up residence.
The old quarter spreads out from the harbour and the
waterfront is also a hub of activity for travellers, bustling at
night with crowds of locals and visitors, particularly during
summer. Stavanger is a fun mix of old and new, a cosmopolitan port
city with a charming historic atmosphere.
Sightseeing attractions in Stavanger include the Oil
Museum, the Canning Museum, and the Stavanger Art Museum, among
many others. The city is also known for its rich and varied
nightlife, which is considered some of the best that Norway has to
In the summer, visitors can take advantage of
Stavanger's many climbing and hiking opportunities, or hang out on
Solastranden, a long, sandy beach close to the airport. In winter,
they can ice skate on the city's largest lake, Stokkavannet.
Several low-cost airlines regularly serve Stavanger
Airport, making it a popular entry point for travellers to Norway.
Situated on the west coast of Norway, Stavanger is within easy
reach of Bergen and the famous fjordlands.
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