The town of Stavanger lies nestled between the North Sea, mountains and fjords. With islands strewn about in beautiful Ryfylke both kayakers, kite surfers and hikers find their paradise the Stavanger region. The world-famous cliff Preikestolen is one of our most iconic hikes, and with a combo ticket from Go Fjords you can customize your day trip from Stavanger. In the charming town center top restaurants and shops with tasty local treats give you the energy boost you need for an adventure-filled holiday or weekend break. For an easy journey, Stavanger is connected by international flights to European hubs as well as excellent flight-and train connections to Oslo. Travelers from Bergen or Denmark, Fjord Line brings you to Stavanger with daily year-round departures.
Stavanger – Preikestolen basecamp, 1,5h (ferry, bus)
Your time in the little harbor town of Stavanger is best spent by exploring the city on foot. You will discover many street corners adorned with street art pieces by talented artists, giving the small harbor city an urban flair. Museums in Stavanger range from the peculiar and unique to the ultra-modern. Amongst white wooden houses in Old Stavanger, the Canning Museum chronicles the herring and canning industry which was vital to the region during the 19th and 20th century. The interactive Petroleum Museum on the other side of town is dedicated to modern history after the oil findings off the Norwegian coast. Do take your time to stop by one of the cafes and delis in town, perhaps you will find the perfect snack to bring along for your hike to Preikestolen.
Your hiking adventure to Preikestolen starts with the Preikestolen Express that leaves from various places in Stavanger City Centre. After a 50-60 minutes bus ride you are ready to set out on the trail to the famous cliff. The hike ascends by 350 meters, and time spent on the hike depends on your form and how much time you choose to spend soaking up the incredible view at the top. A common estimate is four hours in total, so do remember to check the schedules for the last bus departure from Preikestolen base camp so you can make it in your own pace. In the shoulder season (April, May and September) buses depart every hour and during high season (June, July, August) buses depart every half hour, making your trip more flexible. We recommend planning the trip so that you have plenty of time for a well-deserved lunch break at the top once you have found the perfect spot on the plateau. 604 meters below, Lysefjorden stretches for miles in the distance, surrounded by ancient mountains and moors. Ferries and sightseeing boats become small white dots far below, and a few tiny hamlets can be spotted clinging onto the steep mountainsides in this untouched, wild landscape. Back at the base camp parking lot the bus awaits to take you back to Stavanger.
Preikestolen basecamp – Stavanger, 1,5h (bus, ferry)
After working up an appetite on the hike, you have a choice between some of the region’s finest restaurants. Two restaurants in Stavanger have been awarded with a Michelin star, an impressive feat for a town of its modest size. Though the cuisines are worlds apart with one focusing on traditional Norwegian recipes and the other on the art of authentic Japanese edomae sushi, locally produced ingredients and fresh catches of the day are the heroes of both kitchens.
Plenty of adventures await you in the Stavanger region if you don’t have to return home just yet. Local adventure guide companies know every valley and peak in the mountains and are happy to take you along hidden paths on day hikes or an overnight experience. RIB tours on the Lysefjord are available from May to September, and guided kayak trips among the tiny islets of Ryfylke start up in April. Golden-white beaches adorn the coastline just south of Stavanger, and the North Sea winds whips up a good surf! Sign up for the surf school on weekends or rent a board if you have got the hang of riding the brisk waves.
The local tourist offices can give you good and useful information.