Many restaurants by the harbour in Stavanger

Stavanger Norway

Stavanger is the small city with big city restaurants, nightlife and facilities plus top attractions in and around the city. The Stavanger region has good travel links with the UK, Denmark, Holland, Germany and many other centres and is the natural place to start exploring southern Norway and the Fjords.
The Newcastle England ferry used to take around 19 hours to Stavanger, but the service ended in 2008 - until at least 2014.


The top attractions here include a boat trip to Lysefjord, with its towering cliffs, taking you deep into the mountains, with Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) on one side and Kjerag on the other - both amazing hikes with stunning views - and vertigo-inducing drops.

The cosy harbour has a picturesque waterfront with colourful sea-houses and an old watchtower. Gamle Stavanger is Europe's largest old wooden settlement. The cathedral (Domkirken) dates back to 1125.

Festivals and Events

Stavanger loves festivals! The calendar includes wine, jazz, humour, Gladmat food and chamber music festivals - and the Stavanger region was the (non-EU) European Capital of Culture in 2008


Hotel availability can be very tight in Stavanger, but it is generally better at weekends. Our Hotel room booking system is unique - combining results from hotel chains with hotels you won't find anywhere else - and you see everything available for your dates.

Our new self-catering accommodation booking system lets you book cottages (called a hytte here) and apartments in the region.