A day or two in Stavanger
After three months of working in Kristiansand I had my heart set on spending a few days in Bergen but before getting to Bergen I was rewarded with a full day in Stavanger. A blend of beaches, culture, and mountains Stavanger is often associated with the title "oil city" because offshore oil was discovered here back in 1969. The fourth largest city in Norway, Stavanger attracts visitors from around the globe.
A guided walk or hop on, hop off bus tour is a good way to tour Stavanger. If an escorted tour doesn't appeal to you there are many attractions to visit. Start with the Norwegian Petroleum Museum and than check out "Old Stavanger" a mix of of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century. The Mosvangen Park is a good spot to relax and enjoy the greenery. Other popular attractions are the Canning Museum. Stavanger Maritime Museum, Stavanger Cathedral, Norwegian Emigration Centre and the Iron Age Farm. An interesting side excursion is the Utstein Monastery. This monastery was once the royal estate of Norway's first king; King Harold Fairhair.
Whether you're seeking extravagant accommodations and dining options or something more middle of the road or budget, Stavanger offers it all.
High End Hotels:
Rica Park Hotel Victoria Hotel
Prestagardsbakken 1 Skansegaten 1
Moderate Priced Hotels:
Thon Hotel Maritim Myhregaarden Hotel
Kongsgaten 32 Nygaten 23
Skansen Hotel Comfort Hotel
Skansegaten 7 Klubbgaten 3
Worth the Splurge Restaurant:
is regarded as one of the best seafood restaurants in Norway!
Moderate Priced Restaurant:
Gaffel & Karaffel
specializes in Norwegian specialities with a Continental flair.
serves a variety of international dishes at affordable prices.
Norwegians love their seafood dishes