Girls on the beach, Stavanger.

Explore Fjord Norway: The lively summer city of Stavanger


Close to nightlife, Preikestolen, festivals and an exotic surprise... For Widerøe employee Elisabeth Skram Gil it’s easy to recommend her home city of Stavanger for a summer visit!

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Known as the oil capital, Stavanger is located at the far south of Western Norway. Here you should definitely visit the Norwegian Oil Museum, a modern interactive museum where you can learn more about how oil was formed and Norwegian oil history.

Three ladies taking photos at the Norwegian Oil Museum, Stavanger.



A PIECE OF NORWEGIAN HISTORY: A modern, interactive museum where you can discover how oil and gas were formed millions of years ago, how petroleum is found and produced, and what these resources are used for.

– Here you will also find the restaurant Bølgen og Moi, where you will can get fantastic food with amazing views as you dine, recommends Elisabeth Skram Gil, cabin crew member at Widerøe.

Stavanger has many summer adventures to offer – and Widerøe would love to fly you there!

Canning factory, workers cottage and the cathedral 

If you like history, she also recommends a visit to the Norwegian Canning Museum, which tells the story of an important industry in Stavanger during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Girl testing out the production process behind canned sardines at the Norwegian Canning Museum, Stavanger.



BIG INDUSTRY: Visit an authentic sardine cannery and see how the workers lived!

It opened in 1982 and is located in an old canning factory – one of around 70 factories in Stavanger. The museum is located in Old Stavanger, which with 173 protected and restored wooden houses is the best conserved neighbourhood in Northern Europe consisting mainly of wooden buildings.

– You also have to see the cathedral, it dates from the first half of the 12th century, says Elisabeth.

Small town charm, shopping and nightlife

She also recommends setting aside some time to explore the rest of the city centre. Stavanger is a university city with several educational and research institutions. It makes the city urban and vibrant, and the shopping and restaurant selection is great – although the centre is intimate and cosy.

– The bars and restaurants in Vågen are located alongside old quayside buildings, and in the evenings the area is bustling with people, she elaborates.

Three women walking amongst the white wooden houses in Stavanger.



TAKE IT EASY: Make the time to stroll around the old part of the city. Here people take great pride in looking after their houses and keeping their flower pots blooming.

Preikestolen – the world’s most impressive lookout point

Stavanger is also a really good starting point for visiting some of Norway’s biggest tourist attractions Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. The famous mountain plateau towers 604 metres above the fjord and has been named the world’s most impressive lookout point by Lonely Planet.

There is a boat that goes from Vågen to Lysefjord and the hike up to Preikestolen takes 1.5 to 2 hours each way. Since the Sherpas from Nepal built stairs and improved the trail, it is okay to walk there in training shoes if it is nice weather.

– You can also see Preikestolen from a boat, and there are daily trips to the fjord, says Elisabeth.

The mountain Preikestolen in Lysefjord, Rogaland.


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PREIKESTOLEN: The popular hike up to the plateau takes between one and a half and two hours.

Boat trip to a colourful day out

Another truly worthwhile experience is Flor & Fjær, which is an exotic island just outside of Stavanger city centre.

Flor & Fjære is a unique combination of park and restaurant. Growing here are all sorts of plants that you would never believe could survive in Norway, such as palms and flowers in every conceivable colour. The restaurant serves international dishes made from local produce.

The park and restaurant island Flor & Fjære outside the city of Stavanger.


Flor og Fjære

FLOR OG FJÆRE: An exotic experience for both the eyes and the palate.

There is a lot going on in Stavanger throughout the summer, especially in July. From July 18th-21st there is the Gladmat 2018 food festival, and from July 26th-29th the city hosts the majestic sailing ships taking part in the Tall Ships’ Races.

– Welcome to my city this summer, says Elisabeth Skram Gil.