Although Stavanger might be most famous for the nearlying natural attractions, it also has a lot to offer within its city borders. The city has the charm of a small town and the facilities of a modern metropolis.
On its list of attractions is Old Stavanger (Gamle Stavanger), a pedestrian area boasting almost 200 wooden houses. This is the largest surviving wooden house settlement in Northern Europe (Old Stavanger or in Norwegian, ‘Gamle Stavanger), and has earned the city several awards for its preservation efforts.
The Stavanger Cathedral is the city’s most iconic landmark. The beautiful stone church is the oldest cathedral in Norway. In recent history Stavanger has been crowned as Norway’s oil capital, and plays an instrumental role in the country’s oil and gas production.
The area around Stavanger offers varied, wild and iconic nature experiences. Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), one of Norway’s most famous attractions, is located only an hour from the city centre. At the other end of the Lysefjord is the Kjerag bolt. Wedged in a mountain crevice 1 km (3280 ft) above the fjord, it offers a gravity defying photo opportunity.
Of course the Lysefjord, which is Norway’s southernmost fjord, can also be explored from a boat. In fact, the fjord is so close to Stavanger that you can reach it from downtown in less than an hour by boat. The 42 km (2600 mi) waterway winds through mountains and rock formations.
Along the coast south of Stavanger, there are a number of large white sandy beaches within close reach from the city. Solastranden is among the most popular ones, and was once named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by Sunday Times.
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