Stavanger is well known for being Norways ‘Oil City’, but is also known for its wonderful fjords and mountains like The Pulpit Rock and Trolltunga as well as trollstigen.
In 2008, Stavanger was europes culture capital and is housing many cafes, museums and shows! If you have ever wondered why you should visit Stavanger, check out the five reasons below!
Hike yourself to awesomeness
Ever wanted to look down and beyond a fjord? or balanced on a floating rock between two mountains? Well, in Rogaland you can- only a short trip from Stavanger lies both the pulpit’s rock, Kjerag and trolltunga.
Pulpit’s Rock is a flat-topped crag some 1,960 ft above the water. You can get there by road and ferry and the trek itself is around two hours. It might not be for the faint hearted as the drop is quite dramatic and spectacular. However, for those who decides to take the trip, the views are amazing.
You can go hiking no matter level- there is a trail for everyone!
Surf, Sand, Swim
Did you know that you can ride the waves in Norway?
The Stavanger region is one of the best places for this. Escape the thriving city life and immerse yourself in big (and small) waves at the beaches of Jæren. The spots range from easy and gentle beginner beaches to the more demanding and better boulder rock points.
Jæren is also famous for its long and sandy beaches- which is not found everywhere in Norway.
Sleep under the stars
Rogaland has gotten some new and modern cabins to stay at while hiking in the beautiful nature, one of the newest being these amazing little huts. Den Norske Turistforening (DNT) has a lot of cabins available for sleeping, just for a small fee. It’s a great way to get lost in nature without feeling totally lost.
If you want to take advantage of ‘Allemannsretten‘ why not bring a tent to sleep in and enjoy the nature as close as you can get?
Walk through the streets of Stavanger
Immerse yourself in the one of the most picturesque areas of the city “Old Stavanger”. The streets are well worth a visit if you feel like a glimpse of how Stavanger used to be. The wooden houses are one of Europes oldest surviving wooden house settlements.
If you are interested in galleries and museums, this is the area for you. Both Maritime Museum and the Norwegian Fish Canning Museum lies in this district and offers a interesting look at the history of the oh so important fishing industry.
Gladmat food festival
Gladmatfestivalen is Norways biggest food festival and is well worth a trip to Stavanger!
Gladmat has since its start in 1998 established itself as Scandinavia’s leading food festival. Gladmat is an important ambassador for food culture and enjoyment all year through and aims to be Norways most important meeting place for chefs, food producers, and foodies.
The festival is situated in the heart of Stavanger in the last week of July where about 100 large and small exhibitors offer a taste of both new products and traditional food. During the four days the festival lasts, about 250 000 visitors taste their way around the festival grounds. Competitions, shows and other entertainment make sure that the days are filled to the brim with fun and inspiration. – Gladmat.no
See pictures from the food festival here.