A Closer Look at Stavanger
Famed for its many natural attractions and old wooden houses, the Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway. Norway’s fourth-largest city in the South West of the country is Northern Europe’s fuel and oil capital.
In Stavanger, you can explore scenic landmarks such as the Lysefjord, Sola beach, and the famous cliff Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) which Lonely Planet once named the world’s most breathtaking viewing platform.
Stavanger is an international and ever-evolving city, but the city’s proud history still shines through today. Old Stavanger has Europe’s best-preserved wooden house settlement with more than 170 white wooden houses and Stavanger Cathedral dates back to the city’s 12th-century founding.
Check out this list of the top things to do in Stavanger!
A Viking VR Tour
The Viking House located in the heart of the city offers a groundbreaking concept that recreates the exciting world of the Vikings right before your eyes. Climb onboard our Viking ship and join the adventure as we travel back in time and experience, with the use of VR-technology and video imagery, the magical world of The Vikings.
Hear and experience the great sagas about 'Harald Fairhair', Norway's first king, and the famous battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 where Norway became united into one kingdom. Explore this exciting history and heritage in a new and immersive way.
Read more about the Vikings
Let’s be honest, most people have quite an unsavoury impression when it comes to the Vikings and most educational resources tend to portray the Scandinavians as fearsome, ruthless, and dangerous.
When most people think about democracy, they tend to go straight to ancient Greece. However, what many people are not aware of is the fact that fans of modern democracy can actually thank Vikings for its creation.
When most people think about the Vikings that once wandered the Norwegian fjords, they tend to picture chaotic and violent warriors that lived by no one's rules. However, the reality is that they had a complex honor system that they lived by.
The history of the Vikings is something that draws millions of visitors to Norway every year in order to see things like the Viking Ship Museum. Although it is possible to see fictionalized accounts of Vikings in numerous TV shows and movies, a great opportunities to actually learn about the Vikings is to book a fjord tour in Norway and visit some of the historic sites they once ruled.
When you think of Vikings, what comes to mind—their legendary ferocity, dedication to honor, their massive ships, and desire to invade and claim new lands? One thing that’s almost certainly left out is the fact that several of the most legendary vikings were in fact female.
Just like any other form of ancient civilization, the Vikings of Scandinavian countries had their own god-based belief system. These mighty Viking warriors followed figures that were even more powerful than they were. After all, they needed some way to explain the natural wonderment of the fjords in Norway, so they turned to a collection of gods and goddesses as the answer.
A Lysefjord RIB adventure
The Lysefjord, with its enormous variety of landscapes, waterfalls, cliffs, and caves, is an extreme natural experience by global standards. It is with considerable humility that we escort guests into this stunning, never-ending fjord with so much history hanging on its vertical walls.
Lysefjord offers the most fantastic cliff formations you can imagine. The Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), a plateau 600 m above the fjord, is the most famous. On a Lysefjord RiB Adventure, we cruise the Lysefjordin our fast, open RIBs, with stops for sightseeing and photography.
The Flørli steps
Flørli is a roadless hamlet serviced by four ferries per day. It lies deep into the spectacular Lysefjord, close to the Kjerag boulder. Flørli is popular for its 4444 steps right up the mountain – the longest wooden stairway in the world. It is also known for its hydropower history – in the power hall, you can visit the exposition and enjoy the summer-open Power Café.
Stavanger Cathedral is Norway's oldest cathedral dating back to 1125. The bulk of the building is a fine example of Romanesque style with heavy arches and dog-tooth decoration but the structure also boasts a gothic choir built by English stonemasons in the 13th century.
Swords in Rock
The monument Sverd i fjell (Swords in rock) commemorates the battle at Hafrsfjord. This was where Harald Fairhair united Norway into one kingdom in 872. The monument consists of three swords that are fixed into the grown. They symbolize peace, unity and freedom. The hilts of the Viking swords are taken from swords found in different parts of the country. The monument is made by Fritz Røed (1928-2002), and was unveiled by King Olav in 1983.
Things to do in Stavanger
We invite you to experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure! Hike in near-solitude while encountering breathtaking views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord, which are often blanketed in snow this time of year.
On an annual basis, the Pulpit Rock welcomes more visitors than any other trekking-destination in Norway. And it's no wonder, considering the amazing views waiting at the top! On the Pulpit Rock Sunrise Hike you even get to experience the sunrise.
Avoid the crowds by joining in on the "off the beaten track" hike and enjoy a unique Preikestolen experience! Hike in near-solitude while encountering out of this world views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord – which only few have seen.
Join in on a early-morning summer hike to the famous Kjerag boulder! Relax and savor the views while you’re transported by fjord cruise (included). During the hike you will experience stunning views of the spectacular Lysefjord!
Join in on an autumn hike to the Kjerag boulder, and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air. During the hike you will experience stunning views of the spectacular Lysefjord!
Join in on an autumn hike to Preikestolen, and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and post-equinox daylight! Experience Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air while hiking on upgraded trails!