Almost everything in Stavanger is concentrated in a small geographic area. You can stroll through a charming and intimate city centre full of history, shops and nightlife. Here you will find Stavanger Cathedral, the fish market, the Old Town, narrow alleys, galleries, museums, cafes and bars all in close proximity.
Stavanger has always faced outwards to the wider world, and within the last decades the oil industry has transformed Stavanger into an international city. Today 18 % of the inhabitants of the city and almost 10 per cent of its residents come from outside Norway. A total of 171 different nationalities make their mark on the city’s cultural, daily and commercial life.
Cultural enthusiasts can rejoice; as the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Stavanger has established the stages for, and talented players within most genres. Stavanger Cultural Centre is located in the city centre and within walking distance you will find the Stavanger Concert Hall and Rogaland Theatre. In the old brewery premises on the east side you will find Tou Stage, a “factory of the arts” that has established itself as a bold challenger within the city's cultural arena. Stavanger also has the status as a haven for persecuted writers.
It is easy to get enthused in Stavanger: The Humor Festival, MaiJazz, Chamber Music Festival, Literature and Food festivals are just a small selection of the annual activities that take place in Stavanger. If you prefer electronica, free speech, garlic, wine, or street art... there is a festival for you too!
The available city
Stavanger Airport Sola has several daily departures to and from airports in cities such as Amsterdam, London, Copenhagen and Aberdeen. The flight from Gardermoen, Oslo to Stavanger takes just under an hour.
The city of experiences
A variety of unusual adventures can be enjoyed in and around Stavanger, including a cruise on the impressive Lyse Fjord and unique scenic splendours on and around the famous Pulpit Rock. Such activities could also include a barbecue at Helleren, sea fishing on Kvitsøy island, cycling through the distinctive and flat Jæren plains, and a concert at the historic Utstein monastery. Countless opportunities are available for excursions and social programmes, ask us for advice and help if you want to go out on tour.
As a part of Rogaland, Stavanger enjoys the benefits of its status as the cuisine capital of Norway – a reputation that has been built up over the last few years. The city is like a deli – full of culinary delights. Our natural larder, the fjords rich with fish and shellfish, have, over the last decades, supplied dining opportunities for all tastes, budgets and occasions. Måltidets Hus (House of Dining) and the Culinary Institute of Norway are also important players in Stavanger’s culinary focus. In addition, the city has a wide selection of bars, pubs and night clubs, as well as, its own brewery.
Three golf courses in the region and mild, snow-free winters, make it possible to play golf year round.
Stavanger has the best-preserved collection of wooden buildings in northern Europe. In the district of Old Town, there are 173 listed houses and the world's only Canning Museum.