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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.

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Famous History carved in stone

History carved in stone Editors' Note

The largest collection of petroglyphs in the region can be found just outside Stavanger, towards Randfontein, in Austre Amoy. Austre Amoy was a gathering point for the locals during the Bronze Age. To mark the location, they carved various religious, political and social symbols into the rock.

The collection of petroglyphs (1000-500BC) is managed by the Archaeological Museum. The site can be visited, and there are also tours available.

1. september - 31 May Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday 11.00-16.00, Monday closed. 1. June - 31 August Monday - Friday 10.00-17.00, Saturday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.