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Stavanger Holidays

Explore the Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

Located in the south-western corner of Norway, Stavanger is a small, intimate city with a fascinating history and pleasant harbour front. The quaint cobbled streets and white wooden houses of the old town date back to the 18th century and house ‘Norwegian Canning Museum’ detailing Stavanger’s former importance in the canning industry. The narrow streets are lined with museums, shops and a good selection of restaurants and bars. Outside of the city, the main attractions for this region are cruises to the picturesque Lysefjord, home to the iconic ‘Pulpit Rock’ as well as the lesser known ‘Flor & Fjaere’ island - a paradise for flower lovers - which is simply out of this world! 

City Breaks in Stavanger 

Enjoy Stavanger as a city break with holidays available from 3 nights to 14 nights. You can also visit Stavanger as part of one of our Norway multi-centre holidays, as it is included in the Coastal Cities combination.

Useful Information

Resort Code: NOST

Languages spoken: Norwegian

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: NOK

  • from£628pp
  • 116 rooms
Clarion Skågen Brygge, Stavanger, Norway - exterior.jpg

Located on the pier in Stavanger, and in one of the most recognisable historic buildings in the city, this hotel has you right in the centre of Stavanger’s maritime history. Being able to enjoy lovely views across the harbour and Old Stavanger opposite really adds to a holiday in Stavanger.

  • from£578pp
  • 107 rooms
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Dating back to 1900, this friendly hotel, located right on the harbour front next to the boat quay, provides an excellent base from which to explore this fascinating city and beyond. 

Travel and Transportation

Transfer Approx. 20mins by taxi/minibus.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: Yes

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: No

Excursions

Explore the local area independently, at your own pace, with these recommended day trips that can be booked at the local Tourist Office:

(All prices shown for guidance)

Flor & Fjære 

£115 - daily

This paradise of gardens on a remote island just off the coast of Stavanger are some of the most impressive in Norway, lovingly landscaped and looked after by several generations of the Bryn family. A feast for your stomach as well as the eyes, the price includes a buffet lunch or dinner on the island's own restaurant, before taking the included return boat trip back to Stranger.  

Lysefjord Round trip Cruise and Pulpit Rock

£44 - daily

Take a 3-hour round trip fjord boat cruise along the pretty Lysefjord to the 'Preikestolen' (Pulpit Rock). see this impressive natural feature from the water. The Pulpit Rock is a true icon of the Western Fjords and a must-see attraction.

Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock cruise and hike 

£79 - daily - full day

The above Lysefjord round trip, but with a stop at Oasnes on your return to pick up the included bus to take you to the start of the hike up to Pulpit Rock. Return bus and ferry back to Stavanger is included, as well as the gorgeous view you will be rewarded with from the top of the Pulpit Rock. 

Stavanger 'Swords in the Rock' guided cycling tour

£44 - daily - 2.5 hours

Visit the famous Swords in the Rock by bike just outside Stavanger. 

Guided 'Off the Beaten Track' Pulpit Rock hike 

£125 - full day

A unique way to see the Pulpit Rock away from the crowds. Guided full day hike accompanied by English-speaking guide. Moderate hike but previous walking experience is recommended.

Stavanger harbour islands hop-on, hop-off ferry round trip 

£6 - daily

Stavanger Museum, Canning Museum, Petroleum Museum, Art Museum 

£9 per entry - daily

Things To Do

  • Norwegian Canning Museum
  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum
  • Stroll through the pretty old town
  • Great shopping
  • Visit the nearby sandy beaches by public bus
  • Good selection of bars and restaurants
  • Boat cruises into the fjords
  • Hiking at Pulpit Rock
  • Guided hiking to Pulpit Roac 
  • Cycling excursions 
  • Islands cruise around Stavanger by public boat 

Walking

Strolls possible through the old town and around the harbour front.

Also possible at one of the nearby sandy beaches such as Sola Strand.

More adventurous hike at Pulpit Rock, reachable by boat from Stavanger harbour.

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The small, authentic city of Stavanger is home to the Lysefjord, the impressive Pulpit Rock and some of southern Norway’s best walking terrain, whilst vibrant Bergen with its historic colourful Bryggen Wharf and Fløiban funicular is a must for most visitors to the fjords.

Good to know

  • Visit the famous Pulpit Rock
  • Home to cobbled streets and white wooden houses
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