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How to Spend 1 Day in Stavanger

How to Spend 1 Day in Stavanger

The coastal city of Stavanger is best-known as Norway’s prosperous oil town. Despite the discovery of black gold offshore, though, Stavanger’s historic center remains a charming collection of well-preserved wooden buildings, looking much like they did in the 18th century. Stavanger’s small size means you can see a lot in a single day. Here are a few ways to spend it.

Morning: City Sights

Stavanger is a compact, highly walkable city, and a walking tour is an enjoyable way to see the sights. You have several options for getting your bearings and visiting the main landmarks on a morning tour. You can book a private tour that can be customized to your own interests and offers flexibility in length and departure time. Another option is making your own way around town armed with a downloaded audio guide that fills in the details on such attractions as Stavanger’s sculpture trail, Vagen harbor, and Stavanger Cathedral. Alternatively, a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour lets you board and disembark at any of its stops around town.

Afternoon: Fjord Cruise

Stavanger’s proximity to nature means that you are within easy access of some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. On an afternoon tour of just a few hours you can explore the 26-mile-long (42-kilometer-long) fjord of Lysefjord in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Departing from Stavanger’s harbor, you’ll then head for the outlying fjords, passing close to the striking rock formations that make this landscape so distinctive. Crew provide enlightening commentary on the flora and fauna in the area as you make your way. Tours typically provide extra-warm marine suits and dry bags to keep you and your belongings safe and dry.

Night: Street Art and Food

Back in the city, make some time for a self-guided street-art tour before dinner. Home to the annual NuArt festival, Stavanger has earned itself a reputation as one of the world’s best places to see street art. Strolling around the city you’ll easily come across murals and smaller pieces by internationally known artists including Faith47 and ROA. Having worked up an appetite, finish off your day with a good dinner. Stavanger’s best restaurants, largely clustered around the harbor, take great pride in using prime local products such as shellfish and strawberries.

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Lysefjord RIB Safari from Stavenger

Lysefjord RIB Safari from Stavenger

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Explore the Lysefjord landscape in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) on this tour from Stavanger. Zoom out into the harbor, then head for the outlying fjords, where you will pass close to the rock formations and other striking Norwegian scenery. Listen to your crew's commentary on the flora and fauna in the area while you travel. Extra-warm marine suits and dry bags will be provided to keep you and your belongings safe and dry.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.14
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$113.14

Stavanger: Customized Private Tour with a Local

Stavanger: Customized Private Tour with a Local

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see. With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.05
Price varies by group size
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$44.05
Price varies by group size
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City Sightseeing Stavanger Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Stavanger Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore Stavanger at your own pace and according to your own tastes with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket. Board and disembark the bus at any of the 11 tour stops throughout the city, including the Stavanger Museum and theLedaal Royal Residence. Spend as little or as long time as you wish at each stop or stay aboard for the full 50-minute circuit, listening to enlightening commentary via the audio guide.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.99
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$39.99

Stavanger Self-Guided Audio Tour

Stavanger Self-Guided Audio Tour

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The Norwegian city of Stavanger, built around a natural harbor, is culturally and historically rich. This audio tour leads you around the city at your own pace, as you learn about its history and its modern draws. You’ll visit Stavanger’s 23 sculptures, tour the old town, gaze at islands from Vagen Harbour, stop in Stavanger Cathedral, and more.  
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$15.29
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$15.29
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