Things to do in Stavanger

See the famous fjords of Norway from Stavanger

Stavanger is a beachside city in Norway that is safe and idyllic, making it a popular holiday spot for visitors from around the world. The city has a handful of museums, excellent restaurants, and picturesque outdoor destinations. It’s the perfect city to stay in while exploring the surrounding area and cities of Norway.


Things to do in Stavanger


Exploring the surroundings

In Stavanger, you will want to explore the beauty of Norway that features plenty of hiking trails and popular beachside spots. You can also drive out to explore some of Norway’s most famous natural wonders, the fjords, which are narrow bodies of water surrounded by sheer cliffs created by glacier erosion. Many tourists decide to go camping out by the fjords especially in the summer when there is sunshine for all but a few hours of the day.


The cathedral

You must also visit the local cathedral which is one of the best preserved churches in Norway and shows off incredible gothic architecture and design.


Getting out of the city

You may take a bus or ferry to nearby cities such as Bergen, proving that Stavanger is an easy place to stay and anchor if you want to take a daytrip elsewhere.


Stavanger Symphony Orchestra

Stavanger is also home to the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra which is a renowned group that plays at the Stavanger Concert Hall.


When to go to Stavanger

Stavanger is beautiful year round and attracts visitors both in the summer and winter seasons. However, activities are highly dependent on the weather and season, so summertime visits are better for those who want to soak in some sunshine, relax on the beach, and hike through the mountains. Winter visitors can experience skiing, sledding, Christmas markets, and warm campfires. In other words there’s things to do in Stavanger all year round, it’s just up to you to choose which season that suits you the best.



Stavanger also hosts an annual food festival that is one of the largest in Scandinavia and takes place in the summer.

Stavanger Facts

Population130 426
CurrencyNorweigan Krone
AirportSola, Norway (SVG)

Stavanger average temperatures

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Stavanger Marathon

The Stavanger Marathon is a day filled with more than just one marathon. There is a full marathon, a half-marathon, a 10K run and a 5K run organized. The full marathon takes you through both the city center streets and also loops beyond the center town offering you a fun and varying course!

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