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Stavanger: gateway to Fjord Norway
Stavanger, in the county Rogaland, is the third largest urban zone in Norway (after Oslo and Bergen), but don’t let the big-city status deter you! Central Stavanger is easily negotiable on foot, from the small, wooden white house of the old town (Gamle Stavanger) to Øvre Holmegate in the centre – the famous shopping street with characteristically coloured constructions across the harbour.
Stavanger is considered the centre of the oil industry in Norway, but this hasn’t in any way taken from it’s charm. The city is towards the south of Fjord Norway with the Lysefjord, just a short boat ride from the the city centre harbour. But you don’t even have to step outside the city to find something to do, or even have to splash out a lot of cash. The compact size of the city makes discovering the city on foot a piece of cake (or perhaps a skolleboller – don’t leave without trying one in a konditori) – be sure to take in Øvre Holmegate, the 900-year old Stavanger Catherdal, Old Stavanger and Breiavatnet: the lovely lake in the centre of the city. If you’re worried about missing some details, then there is a two-hour guided walk on offer from The Guide Company.
To discover the Lysefjord, take a bout trip from the harbour. The staff in the Tourist Information Office couldn’t be more helpful if you need further suggestions. If you prefer to see the fjord from 600 metres (2,000 feet) above, then put your hiking boots on and follow the, well-marked guided path up to Prekeistolen (Pulpit Rock) – more to come on this during in the next posts!
To help yourself plan or get around once in Stavanger, you can download a PDF map or iPhone and Android Stavanger map apps from the Region Stavanger website. There are some great tour suggestions on the Visit Norway website. Look out for coming posts to find out more about this charming region of Scandinavia.
The post capture shows Breiavatnet on a bright spring morning. Across the lake you can make out the city Cathedral, behind the trees.
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