This cute little town located on the South Western coast of Norway got its name on the map during the oil boom. Regardless of the articles you read about Stavanger the petroleum museum is not its only icon. In fact there is so much more to Stavanger’s old centre including some of the most beautiful and best-preserved wooden buildings anywhere in Norway. It’s all very pretty, and in summer the waterfront comes alive in the best port-town style. Nevertheless, it’s a perfect launchpad for exploring nearby Lysefjorden, and for tackling the classic hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock).
TO DO – The perfect little town for exploring and relaxing.
Hike to Pulpit Rock; you can get a ferry from the main port to the location where the hike begins. They will organise a bus for you to take you to the start spot. The six kilometer hike starts at the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue and allow yourself 4 hours return trip to complete it. The hiking season is May – October. Pack a lunch and some good hiking shoes and off you go. Beware of the edge as it is an impressive drop.
Explore the shopping street Øvre Holmegate is known for its colorful houses
TO EAT – There is no denying that the Nordic folk know a thing or two about bakeries. Their cinnamon buns are not to be missed.
Kanelsnurren Bakeri; this IS the bakery everyone recommended to us. We went early in the morning for coffee and a bun before getting on the ferry for the hike. We bought 2 each so we had some hiking fuel.
Godt Brod Bakeri; another bakery worth the wait to get in. You will be able to smell it to navigate your way to the bakery. Go on the day you leave and get some for plane or travel snacks.
Tango; rooftop bar with a nice view
Go for a drink at Boker og Borst. This cozy bookstore-esque café/bar has a great selection of local and regional craft beers.
We were a group of 9 people and stayed in an Airbnb apartment which was recently renovated. It was close to everything in town and had 1 master bedroom and an upstairs loft with about 8 mattresses perfect for a group trip.
I haven’t been to any other places in Norway but despite the increase expense of the country – I love it!! The Scandinavians know how to live. I felt refreshed, relaxed and well traveled on return to the huge hour long Gatwick passport control lines.