From Stavanger you need to take a ferry and then a bus. You need to hike to the top but the views from the trail are gorgeous and most awesome with every step. The hike isn't too difficult, especially if the weather's good, and you can enjoy simply being up there in the wilderness.
If you think that the "pulpit" itself is impressive (it is) you should try going up a little bit further to the next viewpoint. It's awe-inspiring. I mean really, it left me speechless. If the weather's good, you can sit there and enjoy the silence and Mother Nature. You can't miss it!
From Stavanger you can catch a ferry and then a bus. The climb is done on foot on a lovely ascent and as you climb the views are amazing ... It's not a hard climb in good weather and is enjoyable to go and enjoy the nature around you. If the rock pulpit is impressive as you approach and once you get to the top ... Do not settle for having arrived, it goes a bit higher up and you'll be ecstatic ... at least I was ...and you have a chance to discover what nature gives.
Cruise ships often dock at the Vagen Havn, which is just 200m. from the entrance of the old city. The main attraction of Stavanger is the old Gamle Stavanger, composed of small wooden houses painted white. It is west of the harbor and facing the Valberget tower. I should make a special mention of Stangate Ovre Street, you have to spend a few minutes walking along it. It is very entertaining stroll, down the narrow cobbled streets of the old neighborhood of 173 wooden houses, built in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is only 5 minutes from the cathedral, as everything in this city is within walking distance. I highly recommend it.
The port of Stavanger is the most prominent in this beautiful city in the south of Norway. It is a good starting place to visit "The Pulpit" (Preikestolen), the amazing vertical rock 604 meters high located on the Lysefjord. The relaxed and calm atmosphere of this city, its beautiful streets with brightly colored houses, the old town and its museums are incentive enough to spend a couple of days here. It's the perfect spot between Oslo and Bergen.
I had traveled 8,000 km on bike as we went to make our way to Preikestolen. We arrived at the parking lot and waited 3.8 km climb to get to Preikestolen. The road was difficult to access, and more than just walking across the trepabas rocks, we had to climb 604 m. high. It took us 3 hours to climb it but it was certainly worth it ..
When we were walking through the pedestrian area of Stavanger, we stumbled upon this street. The whole pavement is really beautiful. And no wonder! Did you see that house? The street is very short, with only about 7 houses on each side, but it has more charm than any other street. All these colorful houses have a business: a cafe, a clothing store, shop decoration ... I walked twice from the top to the bottom. One of the most beautiful memories I have of Stavanger.
Stavanger city center is mostly modern (except the old town that is opposite it). The exception here is the cathedral, Stavanger Cathedral, which dates back from the 12th century, after Sigurd Jorsalfar Stavanger gave it the episcopal rank. Built originally in Anglo-Norman style, it has been restored several times since then. The late-s was later added. XVII includes a flamboyant pulpit and an ornate series of commemorative plaques hanging in the aisles. Walking around this area is very nice, you will get to see various vegetable stalls and flowers, or souvenirs with mostly wool clothing, which proliferate in the vicinity, the cathedral is almost at the port and is along the Breiavatnet.
In Stavanger, there are many museums but the Norwegian Petroleum Museum is especially interesting. North Sea oil has enriched Stavanger since the 1970s and today it is known as the main oil city of Norway. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum shows how oil is formed, how it occurs and what it is used for. The museum also has a well stocked gift shop and a cafe with tasty dishes. It is unmissable if you are in the area. Info available in English and Norwegian.
Behind the 12th century Cathedral, Stavanger and the ancient cathedral, is the City Park amidst the artificial lake called Breiavatnet, which has a fountain at its center. It is the green area of the city where people and school children stroll around and feed the pigeons. It's a nice place to have a stroll, and it has beautiful old buildings all around that are dependents of the municipals.
Crossing the square from the cathedral and along the Kirkegaten, we can find Valber tower. Before it was the highest point of the city, the watchmen began using it in the year 1853 as a fire monitoring point. Going down to the dock port towards the Skagenkaien stores you will see today 60 of the 250 that were originally there. You can visit the tower paying an entrance. The views are great.
Near the Street Øvre Holmegate, one can find Stavanger Park. In the center is a lake filled with swans and ducks, which is super clean, like everything else in the city. The park is green, full of trees and places to sit. In fact, within the park is also the Cathedral of St. Swithun of Stavanger, giving it even more of a special touch. In Stavanger nothing is easy to find and we came across this park on accident. It has to be the biggest in the heart of the city.
Haugesund is a city in southwestern Norway, and is the next airport with the closest flights to Bergen. In recent decades, the city and its residents have been getting more into the oil industry, because herring isn't as popular here. Haugesund is the cultural center of the region, and is home to several festivals, including the Norwegian International Film Festival and the Sildajazz, which brings together about 70 different jazz bands and puts on around 200 concerts. To go to Bergen you'll have to take the ferry because it's more pocket-wise than a car in Bergen. Also, flights to Haugesund are really cheap! The last time I looked, they were less than 5 €!
If you go on the route Lysefjord Fjord, be sure to hire a captain cruise because you will be taken closer to this beautiful waterfall of 400 meters high. Depending on the time of year that passes by here you'll see more or less copious waterfall, if it is too mighty (which did not happen in my case) invites Captain proven natural water pouring this waterfall, pure mountain water 100 %, we were disappointed the truth.
If you need an umbrella because it's pouring (which is what happened to me), or to buy anything else, this shopping centre is great. It's located off the coast, in the harbour, not far from the oil museum, and is a modern glass building with fantastic shops, florists, cafes and other things. It's very convenient for re-energizing or having a warm coffee.
Besides the famous [poi = 560761] Oil Museum [/ poi], there are several interesting museums that you can visit in Stavanger. In the area there are many traces of the past. The Archaeological Museum exhibits various findings and it can recreate life on a farm in the Iron Age, or 1500 years ago. In the [poi = 560771] Old Town [/ poi] will find the only museum preserves the world, and also the Maritime Museum, showing the city's maritime history over the past 200 years. Look how organized the kids are painting on their easels! Leedal is the royal residence and it also doubles as the Manor House Museum. The Norwegian Telecom Museum focuses on the history of communication. And The Rogaland Art Museum houses a collection of Norwegian art from the 18th and 19th centuries. Go check them out!
It's not uncommon to visit a city cemetery; there are some that are very famous, like Highgate in London. This came up in the Stavanger tourist guide. It is a small inner-city cemetery, and the beauty comes from the style of the tombstones, made from lovely stone, and decorated with flowers and little else. Stavanger is small, so you might as well pay a visit here.
This store has everything. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. There are boxes, food boxes, dishes, stationery, jewelry, candles, toys, etc. And it's very well organized. The store is super cozy and super, super cute. And that's not all! The store is ultra cheap. Come on, you can get a basket full of stuff for only 10 euros. It's a chain with locations in Stavanger and several other cities in Denmark. There are also locations in Iceland and Sweden. Let's see if it comes to Spain so we can buy gifts or decorations for the house. It's great.