Situated on the southwest coast, Stavanger is Norway's fourth largest city and its petroleum capital. A modern metropolis with excellent public transport, it also boasts Gamle Stavanger, a cobble-stoned old suburb full of 18th-century wooden houses, where many local artists have taken up residence.
The old quarter spreads out from the harbour and the waterfront is also a hub of activity for travellers, bustling at night with crowds of locals and visitors, particularly during summer. Stavanger is a fun mix of old and new, a cosmopolitan port city with a charming historic atmosphere.
Sightseeing attractions in Stavanger include the Oil Museum, the Canning Museum, and the Stavanger Art Museum, among many others. The city is also known for its rich and varied nightlife, which is considered some of the best that Norway has to offer.
In the summer, visitors can take advantage of Stavanger's many climbing and hiking opportunities, or hang out on Solastranden, a long, sandy beach close to the airport. In winter, they can ice skate on the city's largest lake, Stokkavannet.
Several low-cost airlines regularly serve Stavanger Airport, making it a popular entry point for travellers to Norway. Situated on the west coast of Norway, Stavanger is within easy reach of Bergen and the famous fjordlands.
Located on a peninsula on Norway's southwest coast, Stavanger has a mild maritime climate. Summers are pleasantly mild to warm, and in winter temperatures generally remain above freezing, although stiff breezes may make it feel much colder. Snow falls on odd days, and is generally not more than 10cm deep.
In summer, June to August, average temperatures range between 50°F (10°C) and 63°F (17°C), and in the winter months of December to February, average temperatures range between 31°F (-1°C) and 39°F (4°C).
The best time to holiday in Stavanger depends hugely on your desired activities, as many people plan cruises and outdoor excursions which are weather dependant. The most popular time to visit Stavanger is in late spring or early summer, May and June, when the city receives the most sun and its best weather.
Public transport in Stavanger consists mainly of a comprehensive bus network that runs from a main terminal in the city centre. Single tickets are available but visitors planning a lot of travel may consider a day pass good value, or even the seven-day pass.
Taxis are available but rates are fairly high. Additional charges of up to 45% apply at night and on weekends. Many visitors opt to hire cars as driving in Stavanger is relatively easy for experienced drivers who are familiar with Norway's traffic laws. Luckily, the city centre is fairly compact and many attractions are within walking distance.