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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.

Ogna  beach in JærstrendeneGunleiv Hadland / CC BY-SA 3.0
Sandy beach at Orre in Klepp municipality in NorwayGunleiv Hadland / CC BY-SA 3.0
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Famous The best beaches in the area

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The best beaches in the area Editors' Note

Stretching over 65 kilometers south of Boknafjorden, Jærstrendene is famous for its stunning coastal landscapes and gorgeous sandy beaches. Here you’ll find the famous 5km long Orrestranden beach, as well as other popular weekend escapes.

Worth a day trip if you have time! Other favorite Jærstrendene beaches include Ogna, Brusand, Nærland and Refsnes (Hå), Bore (Klepp), Hellestø, Byberg, Vigdel, Ølberg and Solastranden (Sola), Viste and Sande (Randaberg).

Jæren Beaches, Stavanger