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Norway's black-gold treasure chest

There’s way more to Stavanger than a hunt for black gold, although the oil capital of Norway is not as popular of a destination as Oslo and Bergen. The city still retains some of its sleepy, provincial charm, but it’s now modern and cosmopolitan, and chock-full of nostalgic attractions and worthwhile treasures. Gamle Stavanger, with its winding streets and wooden houses, is still the main tourist draw. The fjords and scenic nature, however, are second-to-none, and there’s enough entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

The fjord Lysefjorden as seen from KjeragOve Hetland / CC BY-SA 3.0



Famous A view of the world from the light fjord

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A boat is the best way to explore the beautiful fjord around Stavanger. There are several tours daily, departing from Fiskepirterminalen.

A view of the world from the light fjord Editors' Note

Lysefjorden, literally the light fjord, offers one of the most stunning vistas in the Forsand region. A day trip from Stavanger, the fjord is one of the top tourist attractions in this area. The fjord is accessible on foot, with market trails along each side, or via regular boat and tourist ferry.

Lysefjorden measures nearly 42 km, and is as scenic as it can be all the way. However there are some popular tourist spots you will enjoy: the rock of Preikestolen (Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock); and the Kjerag mountain, which is particularly popular with hikers, BASE jumpers and mountaineers.

Lysefjorden, Stavanger