Stavanger is literally the capital of the province Rogaland and figuratively the oil capital of Norway. The airport handles about 4.5 million passengers per year ...
الجمعة، 28 يونيو 2019
What do you know about Stavanger
The city of natural highs Surrounded by beautiful fjords, mountains, and long, white beaches, Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and cultural events. Famed for its many natural attractions and old wooden houses, the Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway.
The Norwegian Canning Museum
If you visit just one museum in Stavanger, make it The Norwegian Canning Museum. You’ll never look at a can of fish with the same eyes again!
All kidding aside, visiting this historic museum located in an old canning factory in the earlier mentioned Gamle Stavanger area is the best hour you can spend in Stavanger.
Not only do you get to know the importance of the canning industry, learn how a factory worked, or see thousands of incredibly creative labels that even the best marketing gurus can learn from. On top of that, this museum is really hands-on with lots of fun activities that you can try for yourself. You can thread sardines, lay them in cans, and on a certain days you can even taste some smoked sardines… Fun for kids .
Norwegian Petroleum Museum
You can’t really miss the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger. Built as a replica of an oil platform, its very special architectural design will catch your eye immediately. But there is so much more to this museum than its impressive exterior!
There is a lot to see and do in this museum, often chosen as the best museum of Stavanger by guidebooks and travellers alike.
Not only can you learn everything about oil, you will also get a better understanding about the importance of the petroleum industry in Norway. It turned the country that was once on the brink of poverty into one of the most wealthy countries in the world.
There are models of oil platforms and ships, rigs with emergency slides, and even an escape room where you can experience what it would be like to try to evacuate from a burning rig. Children will love this museum as well. There is a question and answer trail to follow, lots of hands-on experiences, and a themed playground where the kids can put on a helmet and a uniform and build their own oil platform.
The Pulpit Rock hike
Preikestolen, or The Pulpit Rock, is one of the most popular hikes in Norway. Many people come to Stavanger just to hike to the Pulpit Rock. Even Tom Cruise was at the Pulpit Rock recently. You can see him hanging by a thread on the Pulpit Rock in his latest Mission Impossible: Fallout movie.
The purpose of this post is to show you that there is so much more to see and do in Stavanger than just the Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock hike. At the same time, you really don’t want to miss these two main highlights that Stavanger is famous for. So if you are fit enough for a moderate 4 hour hike, don’t miss The Pulpit Rock! It’s an unforgettable experience and will definitely be one of the highlights of your trip to Norway.
Despite the fact that it’s quite far from town and not the easiest place to get to, Kjerag is a really popular day trip from Stavanger. With its 1084m, it’s the highest mountain in the area that not many people hiked to in the past.
It’s very probable that you’ve seen a picture of a round rock stuck in the mountain crevice, often with a person standing on top of the rock. Being able to take an epic picture like that is the reason why Kjerag has become more and more popular in recent years. It seems that the Instagram-factor of the Kjeragbolten is too big to resist and so more and more tourists come to Stavanger in order to hike to the Kjeragbolten.
Kjeragbolten is a strenuous hike of almost 10 km that takes about 6 hours to complete. It’s the most challenging of the three most popular hikes near Stavanger mentioned in this post and can only be done in summer. Actually, it can be done off-season as well, but you shouldn’t attempt that without an experienced local guide.
Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger) is a small historic area with beautifully restored wooden buildings dating from the turn of the 18th-19th century. If you only have a couple of hours in Stavanger, then this is one place you really don’t want to miss.
This protected area was originally home to the workers of the sardine canning industry. More than 170 houses have been beautifully restored and a visit to this historic quarter with its white wooden houses, colourful flowers, and well-kept little gardens is a real treat for the eye.
Strolling through the narrow cobbled streets with the old fashioned street lanterns and empty benches feels like stepping back in time and you’d almost forget that people live here today… If you want to have an authentic feel of old Norway, then Gamle Stavanger is probably one of the best places to experience this.