Stavanger, located in south-western Norway, is a delightful mixture of old-world charm and cosmopolitan bustle. An active seaport and thriving economic centre, Norway's fourth-largest city is nestled between imposing mountains and sandy beaches. Prepare to explore narrow, romantic streets and a historic marketplace where fresh fish and vegetables have been sold in the open air since the 9th century.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Beautifully preserved, 'Old Stavanger' is a real feast for the eyes and is ripe with camera opportunities. Wander cobblestone streets lined with picturesque, whitewashed wooden homes dating back to the late 18th century. Their dollhouse perfection and carefully groomed flower boxes help to create the illusion of stepping back through time.
|Get the heart pumping by hiking Preikestolen, 'Pulpit Rock'. A breathtaking view 610 m (2,000 ft) above the sea awaits you at the top of this massive rocky crop, which provides some of the most panoramic vistas in all of Scandinavia.|
|Explore the striking Domkirke cathedral which dates back to the Middle Ages. Let your imagination soar as you survey the intricately carved dragons and griffins hidden in the impressive columns overhead.|
Match wits over 18 championship holes at the Stavanger Golf Klubb. A wonderfully crafted course, you'll have to concentrate to keep your eye on the ball amid a backdrop of some of Norway's most breathtaking fjords.
In Norway, adventure abounds and mealtimes are no exception. Be daring and sample a reindeer steak or a tasty cabbage and mutton stew. Fish, a staple of the local diet, is always well cooked and fresh. Top it off with a sour-cream porridge covered with melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
The krone is the official currency of Norway. Most shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards at a competitive exchange rate.
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