Stavanger Journals

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A June 2009 trip to Stavanger by Koentje3000

Old Town (Gamle Stavanger) Photo, Stavanger, Norway More Photos
Quote: Home to Norway's only oil museum and the country's oldest cathedral, Stavanger is a beautiful city on itself and also provides easy access to the gorgeous Lysefjord.

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

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Attraction | "Pulpit Rock on Lysefjord"

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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One of the greatest natural sights around Stavanger and one of its greatest tourist attractions, is definitely the Prekestolen (a.k.a. Preikestolen). Its name literally means "The Pulpit" and if you look at it you'll know why. A near vertical precipice juts out more than 600m over the beautiful Lysefjord, its top being a 25m by 25m almost flat square surface, so closely resembling a box. The view from the Prekestolen is amazing, looking out on and far beyond the Lysefjord on clear days. So lucky we had a clear but cloudy day. The only way to reach the top of Prekestolen is on foot. Although there are several hiking trails near the Lysefjord, most people, including us, come to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 14, 2011

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
Lysefjord
Stavanger, Norway

Norwegian Petroleum Museum

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Attraction | "Home of North Sea oil"

Norwegian Petroleum Museum Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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Ever since oil was found in the Ekofisk oil field in the Norwegian part of the North Sea by the end of the 1960s, oil and gas exports have formed the biggest part of the country's economy. Stavanger became the de facto oil capital of Norway, when the Norwegian State Oil Company Statoil chose the city for its headquarters. Forming the mainstay of Stavanger's economy, the coming of a museum dedicated to oil was inevitable. The modern building was officially opened by King Harald V in 1999. The wonderful building itself, designed by t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2011

Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Kjeringholmen 1
Stavanger, Norway
51 93 93 00

Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral

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Attraction | "Norway's oldest church"

Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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The oldest building in town and the oldest church in Norway is Stavanger's St. Swithun Cathedral. It is named after St. Swithun, a 9th century bishop of Winchester (England). Christianity was first brought to Norway in the 10th century by King Haakon I, who was raised by King Athelstan of England in the Anglo-Christian traditions. The subsequent kings drifted between Christianity and Paganism to a more or less extent, until King Olaf I and his successor Olaf II persuaded their peoples to convert, partly by the word and partly by the sword. For his efforts in spreading his beliefs Olaf II was later canonized as Saint Olaf, patron saint of Norway.The cathedral was constructed early 12th cent...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2011

Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral

Stavanger, Norway

Old Town (Gamle Stavanger)

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Attraction | "The old part of Stavanger"

Old Town (Gamle Stavanger) Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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Just next to the Boknafjord, between Strandkaien (beach quay) and Løkkeveien and right in the city centre, is an area that escaped a building spree that took the city after WWII, thanks to the then city architect Einar Hedén. Gamle (Old) Stavanger is the only area in town where you can still find the beautiful wooden houses that were constructed from the 18th until the early 20th century. Nowadays, the cobbled streets are lined with flower beds and the houses are freshly painted in a cool white colour. The peaceful tranquillity of this quarter resembles in nothing anymore to the area as it was when it was constructed. The first wooden houses here were constructed by the fishermen of Bok...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2010

Old Town (Gamle Stavanger)
Up from the waterfront
Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger Town

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Stavanger Centre Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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Although Stavanger is mostly overlooked by tourists in Norway, rushing between the Norwegian capital Oslo and the fjord's gateway Bergen or hurrying upwards to Trondheim or the North Cape, it is definitely worth a visit. This friendly city is with its 120.000 inhabitants the 4th city in Norway. The town itself contains an old town ("Gamle Stavanger") with beautiful wooden houses, the informative oil museum, Norway's oldest cathedral and is located nicely on the large body of water called Boknafjord, although it is more of a bay then of a real fjord. Around Stavanger are several natural sig...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2010