Explore the beauty of Stavanger, Norway
Stavanger and its surrounding areas have a fascinating history. It is believed that Rogaland was first inhabited in 7000/8000 BC. Stavanger, as a city was only established in 1125. Historians say that the area was a military and economic hub in the 800s to the 900s. In the 1100s - 1200s it developed to take on the roll of civic administration and became a market town. Stavanger's history has been marked by ups and downs but has always remained deeply religious. Its most important industries have been and continue to be shipping, ship building, canning and such.
Tourists will love Stavanger's small town feel with an international zing. The natural beauty surrounding Stavanger will leave you in awe. Stavanger boasts two fantastic day hikes in the hills of Lysefjorden. Also nearby is a skier and snowboarders playground, enjoyed by all in the winter months. One of the most popular natural attractions is the Prekestolen or Pulpit Rock. This huge rock formation poised above the fjord is a 25 meter plateau. A tour of the Rock will take between 2 to 4 hours on foot. Many also view the Pulpit Rock from boats on the sea. The rock was either named because of its shape or because it may have been a point of sacrifice. Stavanger's coast is dotted with lovely beaches where visitors can walk, try some wind surfing or have a swim in the summer months.
For those looking for a more cultural and historical perspective, pay a visit to Old Stavanger. Here you will observe many structures dating back to the 1700s and 1800s. You will also stumble upon studios of local artists. A must to see is the Stavanger Cathedral or St. Svithun Cathedral. Construction of the church began in 1123. The Cathedral remains the best preserved in Norway.
Stavanger has numerous museums that will interest young and old alike. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum at the harbor celebrates Stavanger as Norway's oil capital. Other museums include the Stavanger Museum (founded in 1877), the Children's Museum and the Norwegian Canning Museum.
Stavanger has many other activities and experiences to offer and was thus named European Capital of Culture 2008 by the European Union Council. More than 150 events are to be held in 2008.
Hotels in Stavanger range from luxury to simple guest lodges and cottages. You will not be disappointed with Stavanger's hotels. There are many ways to arrive in Stavanger such as by air or rail. Why not take a ferry to Stavanger. Ferries to Stavanger depart from many different places, for example a ferry from Newcastle to Stavanger is available.
Stavanger is an amazing holiday destination. With beautiful surroundings, fascinating historical and natural heritage and an international vibe, it will be a vacation to remember.