Things to do in Stavanger, Norway

Welcome to the picturesque coastal city of Stavanger!
Nestled within stunning fjords and surrounded by breathtaking nature, this little city has a lot to offer, so let’s dive into the best things to do in Stavanger.

Stroll through the beautiful streets of Gamla Stavanger, discover fun street art, wander along the colourful houses of Fargegaten, and take in the view of the fjord at Valberget viewpoint.

Things to do in Stavanger, Norway

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Fun things to do in Stavanger

Stavanger is a beautiful little city that’s easily explored in a day.
It’s also the starting point for the famous Pulpit Rock hike, or Preikestolen in Norwegian, so it gets quite a bit of attention despite its small size.

Gamla Stavanger

Start your journey with a leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger, lined with charming white wooden houses dating back to the 18th century.

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The colourful houses of Fargegatan

One of Stavanger’s hidden gems, Fargegatan, translates to “Colour Street” in English, and it lives up to its name with a vibrant display of street art.
Stroll through this colourful alleyway and enjoy the eclectic mix of murals and graffiti.

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Stavanger street art

Fargegatan isn’t the only place with colourful street art.
Many streets of Stavanger are full of amazing murals and it’s fun to discover one at a time while you explore this charming city.

Valberget viewpoint

Make your way to Valberget viewpoint, perched on top of a hill overlooking the city.
It offers panoramic views of Stavanger’s charming skyline, with the fjord stretching out before you, making it the perfect spot to unwind and snap some pictures.

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HYTT Travel Tip:

Visit during sunset for the most beautiful view!

The best restaurants in Stavanger

Despite being on the smaller side, Stavanger has some great restaurants and cafes.

Noodle Noodle

Yummy rating: 🤤🤤🤤🤤
My recommendation:
Pho

If you love Asian food as much as me, check out Noodle Noodle. Their pho is so good, especially after walking all day out in the cold!

Jai Hind

Yummy rating: 🤤🤤🤤🤤
My recommendation:
Tikka Masala, naan and rice

For fantastic Indian food, head over to Jai Hind and try their many curries and masalas. Their fluffy naan bread is to die for and goes perfectly with the spicy tikka masala.

My Place

Yummy rating: 🤤🤤🤤🤤
My recommendation:
Cookies & Cream milktea with a Kinder Bueno donut

I didn’t know it at the time, but bubble tea was going to be one of my new faves. My place has a huge menu full of funky flavours that go amazingly with their delicious muffins and donuts.

Where to stay in Stavanger

Stavanger is very walkable so you can stay anywhere in the city and be where you want to be in a matter of minutes.

BUDGET

Home Again Apartments

Charming small apartments close to the popular Fargegata.

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Mid-Range

Hotel Victoria

Stylish rooms and a convenient location near the city center.

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Luxury

Radisson Blu Atlantic

Elegance, hospitality and a great location.

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How to get to Stavanger

Depending on your budget, there are a couple of different options to get to Stavanger.

If you prefer the scenic route, hop on a train from Oslo or Bergen, enjoying Norway’s stunning landscapes along the way.

Short on time? Flights from major cities like Oslo and Copenhagen offer quick and convenient access to Stavanger as well.

And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, go on an epic road trip, making your way through Norway’s dramatic fjords and mountain passes.

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Day trip from Stavanger - the famous Pulpit Rock hike

One of the 3 most famous hikes in Norway has its starting point in Stavanger: Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen in Norwegian.
This jaw-dropping cliff rises 604 meters above the Lysefjord, offering incredible views, and starts only a 20-minute drive outside the city.

Don’t miss this famous hike!

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More helpful travel tips for visiting Stavanger

Before you jet off to Stavanger, here are a few insider tips to ensure a smooth and unforgettable journey.

The best travel time to visit Stavanger

For the best experience, consider visiting Stavanger during the shoulder seasons of spring or fall, when the crowds are thinner, and nature’s beauty is in full bloom.

Also keep in mind that hiking season officially starts on June 1st, meaning you can hike most treks like Trolltunga or Pulpit Rock without a guide.

Travel costs to help you budget

Depending on how you travel, and where you want to splurge vs save, costs for visiting Stavanger vary.
While Norway’s reputation for being pricey is well-deserved, with a little budgeting you can stretch your Kroner.

Overall, you can expect to spend around 80 – 240+ € per day, depending on your preferences and the activities you choose.
It’s always smart to budget a little extra for unexpected expenses.
Prices may also fluctuate based on the exchange rate and seasonal demand, so be sure to check current rates before your trip.

transportation

Public transport:
2-4 € for a single ticket

Taxi:
8-16 € for a short ride within the city

Rental car:
40-80+ € per day (depending on the type of car and rental duration)

Gas:
1.50-2.50 € per liter

accommodation

Budget:
40-80 € per night

Mid-range:
80-160 € per night

Luxury:
160+ € per night

foods & drinks

Between 30-80 € for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

admission fees

Between 8-24 € per attraction (e.g., museum entrance fees, guided tours)

Day trip to Pulpit Rock:
40-80 € (including transportation and any guided tour costs)

What to pack when traveling to Stavanger

Don’t forget to pack layers, as Norway’s weather can be unpredictable, even in the summer months.

Also, to fit everything nicely into your suitcase or backpack, use packing cubes!
They’re a game changer and make it possible for me to basically travel with hand luggage only whenever I go anywhere.

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My personal faves:

These ones from traveldude are made from 100% recycled plastic so they’re super practical AND sustainable!

Don’t forget about travel insurance!

Better to be safe than sorry, so don’t forget your travel insurance before heading to Norway.

My personal fave:

This one from Seven Corners because you can choose the plan that best fits your trip!

Last but not least, do you need a visa?

Check if you need a visa before traveling to Norway.
As a European passport holder, you don’t need one.

Thanks so much for reading my travel guide about the best things to do in Stavanger!
I hope it inspires you to plan your own adventure in this beautiful city.

God tur (safe travels in Norwegian),
Nadine

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