Explore Stavanger like a Local


Stavanger is a lively university city with a vibrant atmosphere. Its compact city planning makes it easy to explore, even in a short amount of time. Wander the city like a local, visiting beloved neighborhood spots, historic sites, artsy districts, or areas outside Stavanger on a day trip.

Start by immersing yourself in the city's beloved coffee culture by visiting one of its numerous coffee shops. It's very easy to find a place to sip quality coffee while snacking on various sweet and savory baked goods. Steam Kaffehuset, Bluebird Kaffebar, and Ostehuset all come highly recommended!

Next, explore Old Stavanger by strolling through the city's historic core, enjoying its charming and narrow streets filled with history. Don't miss Øvre Holmegate, a very colorful and artistic street. You'll find shades of green, turquoise, and pink on businesses, homes, and parks, plus trendy bars, cafes, and boutiques.

For a break from the hustle and bustle, head down to the harbor and visit the Skagenkaien district. Enjoy the area's charms, which provide a quiet reprieve from the typical city noise. If you're hungry, grab a taxi and head to Sola Hotel for lunch. It's just outside of the city and still unknown to tourists. To help you digest, enjoy a stroll along Sola Beach. On your way back to the city, visit Norway's famous swords at Hafrsfjord, where the three enormous swords symbolize peace, unity, and freedom.

If you're up for a day trip, consider visiting Flo og Fjære. A pleasant boat trip will take you to the island in just 20 minutes, greeting you with a sea of flowers! It's truly an unforgettable garden with various plants and flowers. It's also an excellent spot to enjoy lunch.

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Itineraries with Explore Stavanger like a Local

Stavanger & Lysefjord Adventure - 4 Days

On this short tour, explore two of the best-loved mountain formations in Norway: Pulpit Rock and Kjerag Boulder. Take in breathtaking views, climb to heart-pounding heights, and speedboat through the stunning Lysefjord all in just four days. Spend your evenings shopping and dining in vibrant Stavanger.

Norwegian Fjord Road Trip - 11 Days

This active itinerary visits the best of Norway's fjords with plenty of chances to work up a sweat. See Bergen like a local before driving to Stavanger and beyond for endless scenery, hiking, and waterfall photo ops. Stop at villages along the Sognefjord—Norway's longest and deepest fjord—before visiting the glaciers of Jotunheimen National Park.

Norway Cities & Hikes: Oslo, Stavanger & Bergen - 8 Days

Experience stunning landscapes sandwiched between two cultural cities on this 8-day Norwegian adventure. Beginning in Oslo, you'll immerse yourself in the capital's museums, summer festivals, and hip dining scene before taking an overnight train southwest towards Stavanger to hike the legendary Pulpit Rock. Finally, board a ferry for Bergen and explore the picturesque port city on your own and with a local guide.