Chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Stavanger lies in southwestern Norway's stunning fjord region. Old Stavanger has been meticulously preserved with many of its wooden cottages converted into art galleries and boutiques. But it's the museums that set this cosmopolitan city apart. Visit one of Stavanger's museums to view collections that include maritime, medical and printing artifacts. Or get outside and take a cruise around the fjords. And when in Norway, one should of course buy Norwegian wool. In addition to wool garments, Stavanger also has glasswork, pewter goods and nautical clothing for you to bring home to friends and family (or keep all to yourself).
What youNEED TO KNOW
Port Name & Location Port of Stavanger Ship will DOCK at this port.
Time Zone CET (Central Europe Time) UTC/GMT +1 hour
Language The local language is Norwegian. Say hello in Norwegian: "Hallo"
Currency & Shopping Norwegian Krone (NOK) Shop for traditional Viking carvings, jewellery, and art.
Best Way to Get Around This is a walking city. Organised shore excursions are available for sightseeing.
Famous For Famous for its Viking history, Stavanger was first settled 10,000 years ago. Visit Old Stavanger for winding streets and wooden houses from days gone by.
Fun Fact: Foodies Try a local treat: Norwegian waffles served with jam and sour cream. Local berries are also popular, such as cloudberries and lingonberries.
Fun Fact: Landmarks Rising over 600 metres above sea level, Pulpit Rock, located in Lysefjord, is famous for its naturally vertical rock walls.