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Situated on the southwestern coast of Norway, bustling Stavanger is the country's third largest city. It's also one of the oldest communities in Norway, tracing its roots as far back as the 12th Century. Well sheltered by offshore islands, it's been a vibrant commercial center for centuries and is well known as a popular recreation area, boasting several nearby lakes and a mild maritime climate. The city is also an extremely vibrant cultural hub, hosting popular events such as the MaiJazz Festival each May, and the International Chamber Music Festival in August.
 
Norway's fourth biggest city, with more than 110,000 occupants, Stavanger is really a gorgeous city filled with beauty and question. Stavanger began in 1125, built round the landmark St. Svithuns Cathedral. The Cathedral still stands, and it is now known as the Stavanger Cathedral it remains a cultural highlight. Within the thirteenth and 14th centuries, Stavanger offered like a religious center of Norwegian, and individuals throughout came here to become emotionally cleaned and also to pray. Stavanger was greatly influential, but it wasn't before the 1500s the region really started to grow and also be when it comes to population. It had been at this time around those timber sales from Stavanger with other areas in Norwegian and beyond, supplying a massive economic boost towards the city. Stavanger is known for its beaches, gorgeous scenery, and a heady winter season.
 
The title Norwegian originates from the term Norvegr, meaning the best way to its northern border. This term was utilized more than one 1000 years back through the Vikings because they referred to the shipping route of Norwegian. Today the nation is known to because the Land from the Night time Sun due to the lengthy days throughout the summer time and lengthy nights throughout the wintertime. Within the winter season, it's not uncommon to possess darkness continue for over 17 hours however in the summer time, daylight lasts over twenty hrs. The scenery in Stavanger is glorious, particularly the glaciers and mountainous regions. Locations to ski, hike, and explore are all around, and you will find numerous fantastic sightseeing locations too. If you're searching for a hopping night life, Stavanger isn't for you personally. But when you're searching for adventure, excitement, and sweetness, then your search is over.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier in the Port of Stavanger. Stavenger comes with an efficient and well-developed bus system that will give you for this attractive city. Additionally, taxis can easily be bought, and also, since their motorists are very experienced in the appearance occasions of cruise ships, you'll certainly visit a slew of these in the port upon your arrival.
 
Attractions
 
The Emigration Festival is definitely an annual event occurring every June in Stavanger. This extended celebration remember all Norwegian-born those who are now immigrants. The festival pays tribute for them as well as their lives and it is very exciting. Concerts, theater performances, and exhibits are locked in a dynamic atmosphere. The elements are generally very enjoyable this time around of the year, and also the scenery round the festival is enchanting.
 
Pulpit Rock is really a fascinating natural rock formation that's among the greatest tourist points of interest in Stavanger. It increases up from the ocean 604 meters in mid-air, a regal and effective work of character. The bottom of Pulpit Rock is twenty-five square meters, so when heaven is blue, the rock is really a formidable but lovely contrast.
 
Prekestolen
Undoubtedly the most striking feature and most popular tourist attraction in the Stavanger fjord is the Prekestol ("Preacher's Pulpit"), a flat-topped crag some 1,960 ft above the water. It can be reached from Stavanger by road and ferry, and involves a two-hour trek. It's a sheer drop, so definitely not for the faint of heart. However, for those who venture out here, the views are spectacular.
 
Stavanger Cathedral
Located in the city center, Stavanger Cathedral was built in the 12th Century by Englishman Reginald of Worcester (later known as Bishop Reinald) as a three-aisle Romanesque basilica. The choir was rebuilt in Gothic style after a fire in 1272, and the whole church was renovated in the 19th Century. Notable interior features include the richly carved Baroque pulpit (1658), a stone font of the Gothic period, and the stained glass in the east window depicting New Testament scenes. Address: Domkirkeplassen, 4001 Stavanger -- Official site: http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Product/?pid=31540
The area around the former Bishop's Palace, the Kongsgård, is well worth checking out. Located on the northern shore of the Breiavatn - the small lake at the centre of the city - the site is now home to the Kongsgård Skole, an attractive grammar school built on the palace's foundations. The nearby Bispekapellet, or Bishop's Chapel, dates back to the early 1300s and has been carefully restored. Address: Haakon VIIs gate 4, 4005 Stavanger
 
Market Square
Northwest of Stavanger's Cathedral, extending to the harbor inlet (Vågen), the Market Square is a lively place to spend some time shopping and soaking up some local culture on weekdays. The market has open-air stalls, making it a particularly pleasant experience on nice days.
 
Valbergtårn
Another of Stavanger's well preserved older buildings, Valbergtårn, can be found to the north of Market Square between Vågen and Østre Havn (East Harbor). Located in the Holmen peninsula, the oldest part of the town, Valbergtårn is a watchtower built in 1853 on the highest point in the city and offers great views along with displays of arts and crafts. Address: Valberget, 4001 Stavanger
 
Old Stavanger
One of the most picturesque areas of the city is referred to by locals as Gamle Stavanger… literally, "Old Stavanger". This historic area consists of a collection of quaint older homes nestled along meandering cobblestone streets, and is in fact the largest surviving wooden house settlement in northern Europe. Its streets are well worth exploring, as are its galleries and museums. Two of the best are the Maritime Museum on Nedre Strandgate with its unique glimpse into the town's seafaring past, and the Norwegian Fish Canning Museum, offering a fascinating look at the history of the country's still important fishing industry. Address: Valberget, 4001 Stavanger

Museum of Archaeology
No visit to Norway would be complete without learning at least a little about the Vikings. The Stavanger Museum of The archaeology of gortyn is situated at Peder Klowsgate. It consists of lots of history for everyone, and also the ancient items will enthrall you. You will find great collections of functions by Norwegian artists, and remains from excavations throughout time. The Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger is a great place to get your Viking fix, and includes replica vessels and costumes, as well as historic weapons and artifacts.Address: Peder Klows Gate 30 A, 4010 Stavanger
Official site: http://am.uis.no/?lang=en_GB

Stavanger Art Museum
Stavanger Art Museum, located in a beautiful park surrounding Lake Mosvannet just two miles from the city centre, is home to one of the country's finest collections of Norwegian and international art. Of particular interest is the unique collection of paintings by Lars Hertervig (1830-1902) whose romantic and highly personal landscapes continue to resonate with visitors. Address: Henrik Ibsensgate 55, 4021 Stavanger
Official site: www.museumstavanger.no/museums/stavanger-art-museum/visit-us/
 
Ledaal House
Built as a summer residence for the Kielland family in 1799, Ledaal House is a perfectly preserved example of how Norway's elite lived in the early 19th Century. The richly furnished mansion still functions as a royal residence as well as a museum, and the entire property is owned by the state in trust. Address: www.museumstavanger.no/museums/ledaal/

Flyhistorisk Museum Sola
With its focus on aircraft used at the Sola military base and Stavanger Airport, the Flyhistorisk Museum Sola collection includes a variety of completely restored aircraft as well as aircraft parts from WW2 to the modern day. Address: Flyplassveien 129, 4055 Sola -- Official site: www.flymuseum-sola.no
 
Museum Stavanger
The Stavanger Museum is much more than a single museum: the building houses exhibitions of natural and cultural history, along with the Children's Museum. It's a great one-stop-shop providing a useful background of the city's cultural roots, its flora and fauna, as well as the fascinating story of how the sea has shaped the community over the centuries. Address: Muségt. 16, N-4010 Stavanger
Official site: www.museumstavanger.no/home/

Vålandshaugen
The best views of Stavanger and the surrounding area are to be had from Vålandshaug (280ft). Located in a park to the south of the town, it can be reached by way of Hornklovesgate. Another great viewpoint is Bjergsted Park to the northwest of Stavanger. Address: Bjergsted Park, Stavanger
 
Klosterøy - Utstein Abbey
To the north of Stavanger are numerous islands and islets, one of the most popular being tiny Klosterøy. Linked to the larger island of Mosterøy by bridge, Klosterøy is famous for its Augustinian abbey, Utstein. First mentioned in the 13th Century, this well-preserved monastic house can be reached from Stavanger by boat. Address: Klosterøy, Rennesøy -- Official site: www.museumstavanger.no/museums/utstein-monastery/

Lysefjord
To the east of Stavanger and a pleasant trip by boat lies Lysefjord, a dramatic cleft in the mountains 23 miles long, up to 1.25 miles wide, revealing stunning bright green water. Topping it all are the sheer walls of rock rising 3,300 ft above the fjord. This breathtaking landscape is one of the best sightseeing trips in the area.
 
Dining Out
Dotted with wooden houses, Stavanger’s small-town atmosphere renders its must-visit eateries a closely guarded secret, away from the increasing urbanity of Norway. Stavanger is a pleasant mix of quaint historical venue and bustling oil industry centre, the ‘oil capital’ of Europe. The cuisine offered in Stavanger reflects this juxtaposition: flavours are increasingly international but retain strong Norwegian roots, making use of beautiful seafood and local, fresh produce.
 
In terms of atmosphere, Sjøhuset Skagen has it all: situated in a stylishly renovated beach house with rustic yet chic wooden beams, the restaurant not only boasts delicious cuisine in a cosy interior but unparalleled views across the harbour. The food itself is something to behold – classic Norwegian specialities such as steamed mussels in a pesto cream sit alongside avant garde dishes including fillet of reindeer and tenderloin of whale. For the warmer days, the terrace is fitted with heaters to allow for long, unspoilt evenings overlooking the port with a chilled glass of white wine.
Sjøhuset Skagen, Skagenkaien 16, 4006 Stavanger, Norway, +47 51 89 51 80
 
Restaurant Gadja promises flavoursome Ethiopian and African cuisine served within the atmospheric, deep-red walls of the intimate restaurant. Catering for vegans, vegetarians and those with gluten intolerance, Gadja has something for everyone and an abundance of new things to try – you are encouraged to order sharing platters piled high with food and even to experiment with eating without cutlery, for authenticity and accentuation of flavour. Choose from chicken cooked in the fragrant Ethiopian spice ‘berbere’ with a soft boiled egg, spiced lamb with rosemary and jalapeno or lentils cooked with onion and spices, all served with delicious Injeras made with traditional Ethiopian flour. After dinner, the rich nuttiness of Ethiopian espresso comes into its own to cleanse the palette.
Gadja, Brødregate 6, 4013 Stavanger, + 47 51 55 15 00
 
Kitchen and Table offers a fusion of Manhattan style with Norwegian produce. Marcus Samuelsson, the Swedish master-chef behind the Kitchen and Table chain, wished to bring the chic interiors of Manhattan dining into Scandinavian culinary culture, resulting in an elegant restaurant accented with sensitive under-lighting and wooden wine racks from floor to ceiling. The menu offers a diverse range of tastes from baked summer trout risotto with an aromatic ginger foam to twists on classic dishes, such as jerk chicken Caesar salad.
Kitchen and Table, Ny Olavskleiv 8, 4008 Stavanger, Norway, +47 51 50 25 00
 
Sabi Sushi creates striking sushi made from only the finest local ingredients and with minimal fuss – as they themselves state, ‘our food is bold in its simplicity’. Focusing on providing food to take out, there is a small bar space in the midst of the action (and additional space in the Forus location) in which to enjoy the pure cut lines of fresh fish that melt in the mouth. Specialities include signature maki rolls and sashimi tuna, the latter widely regarded to be the best in the area.
Sabi Sushi, Pedersgata 38, 4013 Stavanger, Norway, +47 904 06 070
 
Charlottenlund is situated in one of Stavanger’s smallest but most elegant hotels, Charlottenlund is host to an intimate a la carte restaurant with a rustic yet effortlessly stylish vibe emerging from the beautifully exposed historical walls against the modern monochrome furniture. The food itself is a French and Norwegian fusion, with decadent dishes such as deer terrine with crunchy toasted almonds or creamy seafood soup with crusty bread. Relax afterwards with a coffee or liqueur by a wood burning fire or move towards the well-stocked and charmingly backlit private bar on the ground floor.
Charlottenlund, Kongsgata 45, 4005 Stavanger, Norway,+47 51 91 76 00

Noodle Noodle is a fun-loving small restaurant specialising in Asian fusion cuisine. An intimate space, Noodle Noodle offers delicate sushi alongside the pungent spices of Katsu curry and individual steamed dumplings. In the relaxed atmosphere, there is an opportunity to put together your own selection of treats for a quick and easy lunch on the go: in a singular meal one can partake of teriyaki salmon with rice and broth, complete with dumplings and a hunk of fresh watermelon to finish. Noodle Noodle, Verksgata 2, 4013 Stavanger, Norway, +47 51 89 13 89
 
Tango Bar & Kjokken operating to the very highest standard, Tango provides a dining experience not easily forgotten. Both the menu and the wine list are updated weekly, taking full advantage of seasonal produce which, in turn, is to be expertly matched to the fine wine proposed by your server. For something even more spectacular, Saturday afternoons at Tango are dedicated to the tasting of champagne. Enjoy a chilled glass of bubbles whilst trusting culinary decisions to the dedicated chefs, who promise to provide three delicious courses complimenting the exquisite flavour of the champagne. Tango’s interior is sumptuous, yet due in part to the pleasing informality of the waiters – on which the restaurant prides itself – the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. Sit amongst light installations in luxurious leather studded seating to enjoy a pungent green curry with mussels or smoked pork rind with a delicious cocktail.
Tango Bar & Kjokken, Nedre Strandgate 23-25, 4005 Stavanger, Norway, +47 51 50 12 30
 
Mogul India as one of the oldest established restaurants in Stavanger, Mogul India has a reputation to uphold and does so with aplomb. Showcasing the variety of styles and produce available throughout India, Mogul infuses the cuisine with bold and distinctive flavours created with authentic spices. Time is fluid at Mogul if flavour depends upon it – one of the most popular dishes is chicken marinated overnight in yogurt and spices before being cooked to perfection in an Indian clay oven. The restaurant interior is simple and classic with light walls bedecked in well-chosen artistry, allowing the complexity of the flavours on the plate to dominate the senses. Address: Mogul India, Verksgata 9, 4013 Stavanger

Nero is beginning as a restaurant specialising in primarily Italian cuisine, Nero has now matured into a style more universally continental, based around local produce. Knowledge of French cooking is the basis for each chef employed, to which is added experience of Asia and Africa and, of course, Scandinavia, creating ambitious fusion. The wine cellar has been five years in the making and the careful choices filling the walls promise to deliciously compliment the delicacy of dishes such as fresh lobster with wafer thin cauliflower shavings and pomegranate seeds or fiery Iberico chorizo with quail.
Nero, Øvre Holmegate 8, 4006 Stavanger, Norway, +47 51 55 21 19
 
Bolgen & Moi in Stavanger, part of a greater chain of similarly stylish restaurants across Norway, is an assault on the senses in the very best way. The striking industrial frontage, designed by Lunde & Løwseth, allows for a dining experience literally and figuratively framed by Stavanger history, almost on the doorstep of the oil and gas museum. Once inside, the attention to architectural and modernist décor continues with the aid of stunning and unadulterated views across the fjord - each table laid in a unique manner with napkin structures, in amongst the minimalist sculptural installations scattered throughout the restaurant. The food is created around the very best seasonal and local produce, with emphasis on clean tasting, flavoursome cuisine free from unnecessary complication. Choose from classic pizzas with unexpected flavour combinations or gently poached halibut with pak choi, broth and fragrant coriander. Bølgen & Moi Stavanger, Kjeringholmen, Norwegian Petroleum Museum, 4013 Stavanger, Norway, +47 51 93 93 51
 
Shopping
The Stavanger region offers many shopping opportunities - large shopping centres, charming city shopping, niche boutiques and factory outlets.
The official website for the Stavanger Region
  
The city centers of Stavanger and Sandnes have both shopping centers and charming streets with speciality shops such as Oleana, Stavanger Glassblåseri (glass blowing studio), Dale of Norway and MingarWalker Glass.

Also worth a visit are Ledaal Teppeveveri and Ullform; both qualified as Economusée - artisans at work. This is a unique possibility to see traditional artisans at work. See how the products are made, and purchase them if you like.

One of Norway's largest shopping centers, Kvadrat in Sandnes, with 160 stores and 16 restaurants and cafes. Play area, restaurants, pharmacy, bank, beer/liquor store, tourist information office and free parking. Locals head for the area's major shopping center, Kvadrat Kjøpesenter at Lura, lying between Stavanger and Sandnes (tel. 51-96-00-00). Shops here selling everything from reindeer hides, sheepskin jackets, and pewter souvenirs, to Norwegian handcrafts such as wooden trolls.

Gjestal AS in Gjesdal is an outlet selling yarn, sweaters and candles. They have their own restaurant on the premises. Nearby is Byrkjedalstunet. They sell candles, art, interior decoration and souvenirs made of wood, rock and wool.

Figgjo factory outlet is a trendsetting porcelain producer and the biggest in Scandinavia. It has won international design awards and is located 25 minutes from Stavanger.

Other outlets include restaurants, a state-run wine store, a pharmacy, and even a post office, if you want to mail back some of the cards you can purchase in one of several shops. Most shops are open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 7pm, and Saturday 9am to 3pm.



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