The Natural Beauty all around Stavanger Norway

This coastal region in south western Norway has so much beauty to discover. Photo: James Visser.

By Nicole Anderson

Stavanger pinned on a map. Image: World Easy Guides.

For all the immense beauty that Stavanger Norway (and the rest of amazing Norway has), this has been somewhere I have wanted to visit for such a long time. I can’t tell you how excited I was when my fiancé James told me that Stavanger was the chosen location for his family’s reunion in 2019. Excitement was on two fronts – the first was to finally meet many of his family members that live in different parts of the globe, and the second was to do this while visiting such a beautiful location.

Established in 1125, Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway situated on the south western coast in Rogaland county. Family members all jetted in from as close as the Netherlands in Western Europe to as far away as the Gold Coast in Australia to spend time in this beautiful part of the world.

Well prior to leaving for Stavanger, I did a fair amount of research on Norway generally as James and I also planned to see as much of the country as we could on this trip. The reputation of Norway being one of the world’s most beautiful places excited us both and we were keen to visit quite a few iconic locations while we were in the neighbourhood.

 

Approaching Stavanger

Very rarely do I bother trying to take photos from the air as you really don’t get to see too much on most flights. We had flown to Stavanger via Norway’s capital of Oslo and as our final flight into Stavanger was a domestic one, we were low enough to see something of the fabulous natural scenery, particularly as we neared our destination. In my excitement, I took a few photos to share as we flew over the width of Norway and made our final approach to land at Stavanger.

 

High rocky mountainous regions covered in snow and clear views of beautiful Norwegian fjords. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

 

Although raining and overcast on final approach to the airport, you can see the city of Stavanger, the waterways and the immense fjords and wilderness behind. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Stavanger Harbor

The world certainly has many beautiful harbors. What makes Stavanger Harbor quite unique is the immense beauty that completely surrounds it. City harbors generally around the world might often have natural beauty in their shape and formation but otherwise the city itself is nothing to get excited about.

However, the city of Stavanger as viewed from the water looks so pretty, clean and colorful. Likewise looking out from the city to the harbor shows unpolluted, pristine water leading out to the North Sea in one direction and to the majestic fjords along the coast.

 

The harbor with such blue water coming right into the centre of the city. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

 

The harbor at sunset with the bays, fjords and mountains in the distance. Photo: James Visser.

 

Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock

Visiting Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock Norway is just an amazing experience. Photo: James Visser.

 

This incredible rocky cliff overlooking a stunning fjord is a major drawcard the world over for hikers and nature lovers alike.

Not the easiest of hikes (especially in winter or in times of bad weather), those who make it to the top are rewarded with a truly amazing view and the satisfaction of being able to tick this off their bucket list.

This hike also offers much in the way of changing scenery as you ascend and there is just too much on this fabulous journey to share here. For more detail on this fun, challenging and beautiful hike check out The Natural Beauty of Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock Norway.

 

Lysefjord

So huge and majestic you can only photograph a small part of the fjord. Photo: James Visser.

 

If there is one thing Norway is famous for above everything else when it comes to natural beauty, it would be the amazing fjords situated along its coast.

Stavanger is blessed to have one of Norway’s most famous fjords, Lysefjord, right on its doorstep. Here it is a simple matter to jump on one of the regularly scheduled cruises to experience being right in the middle of an incredible feature of natural beauty, created by the Ice Age.

For any visitor to Stavanger, this is just too good to miss and too large an attraction to include in this article. To take a look at this majestic fjord, do have a look at the dedicated feature entitled The Natural Beauty of Lysefjord Norway.

 

The Jæren coastline

Fronting the North Sea, the Jæren coastline is known for its many lighthouses, its many German World War II bunkers and over 70km of sandy beaches!

We visited one of the stretches of coastline that contained one of the lighthouses together with a German bunker, museum and café which was closed on the day we visited – something that was actually a very good thing, as we essentially had the entire grounds and view to ourselves.

Walking along the coast looking out to the North Sea and the islands nearby was a lovely and slightly chilly experience with the breeze coming in, even though it was summer time. Nevertheless, as we explored places along this region it wasn’t hard to see why the Jæren coastline is so popular.

James and other family members strolling along the coast and looking out to the channel and islands in the North Sea. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

The lighthouse we visited overlooking the channel. Photo: James Visser.

 

Brothers James and Tor check out the German World War II defensive position overlooking the North Sea. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

The channel between the islands and the coast is still used by ships to reach Stavanger harbor. Photo: James Visser.

 

James having checked out one of the bunkers built by German forces in World War II. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

 

Solastranden

This is just one of the beaches along the Jæren coastline and is the beach closest to Stavanger and is in fact situated very close to Stavanger airport.

Perhaps you might have thought that Norway’s fame for its fjords, mountains, islands and arctic regions meant that there really isn’t much at all in the way of quality beaches? Well if so, you would be wrong.

Take a look at Sola beach as one example of many along the Jæren coast, where the family spent some time exploring the area and enjoying lunch at the Sola Beach Hotel. This beach in terms of its sand, width and cleanliness would seriously and easily rival most other places in the world.

 

This beach is just lovely. Photo: James Visser.

 

Immediately behind the beach is a park for caravans, motorhomes, camping and cottages to rent. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

A short walk from one end of the beach is this little harbor where fishing boats are based. Photo: James Visser.

 

Taken from another German World War II bunker on a hill overlooking the North Sea. Photo: James Visser.

 

Other beaches along this coastline (like Borestranda) are well known for having ideal windsurfing conditions. Borestranda beach is where you will find all the windsurfing schools and in fact this beach hosted the 2017 Euro-Championship in windsurfing.

 

 

Cultural beauty – Norway’s National Day

The timing of the family reunion was planned over a period to include Norway’s National Day, which is a celebration of their constitution and patriotism on May 17 every year. This is always a public holiday and is celebrated by children’s parades throughout the country and also involves speeches by dignitaries and eating a lot of ice cream and hot dogs.

All family members gathered in Stavanger attended the children’s parade in the centre of the city, where James’ youngest niece from Norway also participated with her school. It was a lovely day with such amazing costumes with some of those parading and the spectators waving the Norwegian flag.

The atmosphere was electric and everyone was excited to cheer on this fantastic parade before we as a family joined many others to enjoy lunch at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the harbour. Below are some photos I wanted to share from this special day.

 

The front of the children’s parade to celebrate Norway’s National Day. Photo: James Visser.

The children in this band were excellent and must have had lots of practice. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

Traditional dress and dancing in the parade was so well done. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

It was so grand to see such abundant national pride displayed so professionally. Photo: James Visser.

After the parade when the family were all going to lunch, here are James’ 3 nieces in traditional dress, looking really beautiful. From L-R: Marie, Helene and Anne May. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

While you are here

 

Gamle Stavanger

Gamle Stavanger (or ‘Old Stavanger’) is a historic area of the city comprising 173 wooden buildings from the turn of the 18th century. Most of them are small, white cottages and a number of them are now home to retail outlets, catering to locals and tourists alike. Stavanger has received several awards for its efforts to preserve Old Stavanger.

While I am not a fan of cities generally, it was really a joy to wander the streets and shops of this delightful area of Stavanger.

 

Three brothers Tor, James and Peter making their way down the street in Gamle Stavanger. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

A street of shops taken after sunset. Photo: James Visser.

Family members walking through streets of the town on Norway Day. Photo: James Visser.

Lovely, clean and well maintained cobblestone streets built up from the harbor. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

Breiavatnet

Right in the middle of the city, next to the Stavanger Cathedral (a beautiful building called Stavanger Domkirke completed in 1125 when the city was officially established), is the lovely Lake Breiavatnet. This small lake takes up the equivalent of just 7.7 acres, within which is a decorative fountain installed in 1924. The lake gets its water from the Kannikbekken stream, which flows from Lake Mosvatnet in the west.

 

This is such a lovely asset of the city of Stavanger. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

 

Parkland, trees and benches surround Lake Breiavatnet. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Swans at a corner of the lake. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Lake Breiavatnet is the home of various birds, such as swans, seagulls, ducks, and sparrows with only a few fish to be seen. It is a lovely place to take a leisurely walk around this body of water with numerous well-kept plants, trees and park benches to enjoy the view and atmosphere.

 

 

Kjeragbolten. Photo: Fjord Norway.

There is also one other major natural attraction that Stavanger is well known for that I should mention. This is Kjeragbolten.

This rocky boulder is almost as famous as Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock and is a real favourite for Instagrammers around the world.

The hike to get to this location is more than twice as long as the one to Preikestolen and although it would have been nice to see this first hand, we simply ran out of time and had to leave in order not to miss a number of other trips within Norway.

Exploring this wonder of nature will have to wait for next time.

 

 

The End of our stay in Stavanger Norway

When you are really happy with choosing a lovely place to visit, you often feel sad to leave. This was felt so much more as I also made such wonderful connections with James’ family here and it felt like we were leaving much too soon. James has such a lovely family and everyone got on so well, so it was very hard to say goodbye although I am now very much looking forward to the next family reunion when I will attend as James’ wife.

 

A shot of most of the attendees of the family reunion at the Jæren coast. Photo arranged by Philip Visser.

 

 

I love Stavanger and Norway! Photo: James Visser.

 

 

Stavanger and the surrounding region to enjoy the family reunion was the first stop on our Norway trip as we planned to visit a number of stunning destinations in this lovely country. Do follow along as more articles are published showing how beautiful this country really is and please share any thoughts you would like in the comments below.

 

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110 thoughts on “The Natural Beauty all around Stavanger Norway

  • April 24, 2020 at 2:09 pm
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    Norway has always been on my bucket list. There are so many hidden treasures in Scandinavia. I plan to tour Europe within the next 3 years.

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    • April 25, 2020 at 4:40 am
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      Best wishes for your trip, Sayed. If you are headed to Europe, then I would suggest Norway would be a destination you should not miss. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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  • April 23, 2020 at 9:01 pm
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    I can’t get over the natural beauty and cleanliness that’s notable in each and every photo. My husband has been working on the itinerary for our next European journey. And goodness, I just found this tab still open on my computer! I never finished my comment lol!

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    • April 23, 2020 at 9:36 pm
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      I’m sure glad you did finish posting your comment Debra. The beauty and cleanliness are definitely so abundant throughout Norway and you feel it even within the air your breathe. I hope Norway makes it on your next European itinerary as I’m sure you would love it too.

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  • April 23, 2020 at 8:49 pm
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    Nice pics, I have never been to Norway, but would love visit someday. Whenever I plan a visit, I will make sure to check this post to prepare my itinerary.

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  • April 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm
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    The photos are just incredible. I am intrigued! I have never been to Norway, unfortunately. But your blog has moved me there … Thanks for sharing!

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  • April 23, 2020 at 4:56 pm
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    Great post! I’ve always wanted to visit the Stavanger Harbor. I grew up on the coast and have a fixation with coastlines and harbors. Saving this for my travel list!

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  • April 23, 2020 at 2:47 am
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    I’ve never been to Norway. There is definitely so much natural beauty. If anyone wants to send me there, once covid is over, Mother’s Day is coming up and I take a size 14-day trip.

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    • April 23, 2020 at 9:26 pm
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      I love it Katrina! A 14-day trip sounds like a good size to me – and like shoes, you will always keep accumulating them in the future! Thanks for reading and sharing your good humor through your comment.

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  • April 23, 2020 at 1:12 am
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    Looks like you had a lovely time and got lucky with the weather, one day maybe I’ll get the chance to follow in your footsteps and experience the beauty and culture of Norway first hand

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  • April 22, 2020 at 9:12 pm
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    I have been in Norway once but in Oslo during winter time. This is the first time I heard about Stavanger, Norway since it is not a touristy place. When I looked at your photos, I really wanted to add this place to my travel list post COVID-19 pandemic. I want to see that harbor too! So serene!

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    • April 22, 2020 at 11:36 pm
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      I’m not sure how you got the impression that Stavanger is not a place for tourists, Emman. This area is home to some of the most famous and iconic features that people come to see from all over the world. In terms of its natural wonders (what Norway is famous for), Oslo as a city has so little to see by comparison. Having said that, however, Norway manages their tourism so well that it doesn’t feel like you are crammed in with so many other people to see the sights. I hope you will continue to tune into this series on Norway’s natural beauty as we travel up the coast, past the arctic circle and even out to the Lofoten Islands.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 7:47 pm
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    Oh my god, I am so scared of heights, I appreciate the natural beauty! I would love to visit Norway one day !!!!

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    • April 22, 2020 at 11:24 pm
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      I think the secret when up at a high elevation, is to stay away from the edge, Nina! That way you still get to enjoy the beautiful views without being terrified that you might fall. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 6:02 pm
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    thanks for sharing these great tips about Stavanger. I love that you can see both the Fjords and the North Sea from the same vantage point.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 5:56 pm
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    Looks like one of THE travel destinations. Stavanger Harbor looks pretty cool and I love to spend a few days enjoying the seaside too.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 11:18 pm
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      It sure is a great place to spend a lovely holiday relaxing and taking in all this pristine environment has to offer, Geetha. Perhaps time to plan a trip for when Covid-19 is behind us?

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  • April 22, 2020 at 12:16 pm
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    wow, this looks like such a magnificent country, I have always wanted to go here, there are so many great outdoor activities to do here.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 11:16 pm
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      There’s no doubt about that Emily. The Norwegians are really great outdoor enthusiasts and make the best of the natural assets of their country. This also explains how most of them are so fit and healthy. Thanks for your comment.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 11:20 am
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    Stavanger is such a majestic place. The raw photos really capture its beauty! This should be part of my bucket list!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 1:55 am
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    Wow, what a trip, Nicole! 🙂
    I especially loved the part about your family reunion. It’s so incredible to meet up with distant family.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 12:55 am
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    Norway is so beautiful that is unreal. Those epic views and the Preikestolen must be something that definitely takes your breath away. Norway and Iceland are the places I want to visit when this is over, well the list is always growing because all I do is to internet-travel through blogs haha

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    • April 22, 2020 at 11:08 pm
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      Preikestolen and the surrounding region of Rogaland, and other regions of Norway, is definitely very special Daniel. Iceland, as you point out, is also well known for its natural beauty. At least internet-travel via blogs at the moment helps to plan your adventures when the time will be ok to travel again. Thanks and best wishes for your future travels.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 12:25 am
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    We were recently in Europe and reading this post is making me regret that we didn’t take time to visit Norway. When everything in the world has calmed down, I definitely want to take the family to Norway for a nice long vacation.

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  • April 21, 2020 at 1:39 pm
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    Norway is a place I’ve always been curious about, and your pictures make me want to visit! The harbor is simply breathtaking. I’m so excited that this trip held such personal importance to you as well. I’m looking forward to reading more about your continued adventure in Norway.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 11:02 pm
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      Thank you so much Erica. It was indeed a very special trip for James and I. Seeing family as well as being able to explore a country as beautiful as Norway was such a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to share other places of beauty in other locations there which I hope you will enjoy as well.

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  • April 20, 2020 at 6:24 am
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    Dear Nicole,

    I’ve read several of your articles about your vacation time in and around Stavanger. Thank you for summarizing all the beauties in this post – this place sounds fantastic!

    The parade on the National day looks so colorful and festive. It does sound like a great event to plan the visit around and fun to attend. James’s nieces are lovely young ladies and these traditional dresses make them look… Scandinavian-gorgeous. 🙂

    The beaches of the Jæren coastline sound fabulous, and the Sola beach on the photo looks clean and spacious. As always, your photos illustrate the story beautifully and create an urge to go there.

    I’m glad to hear that you established a warm connection with your fiancé’s family, and it sounds like your wedding day has been planned already (or… did you get married already?) Congratulations to you and James! I wish you love, happiness, and many more wonderful adventures in the future.

    I look forward to reading about the continuation of your Norway journey. Thank you for your amazing travel reports.

    Warm regards,

    ~ Julia

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    • April 20, 2020 at 8:14 pm
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      Hi Julia

      Once again your comment is really wonderful and makes me feel so good, thank you so very much.

      This particular trip was always going to be special from a personal perspective because of the family reunion taking place. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet so many family members of James’, who were all such lovely people. It will be a time I will never forget as they also welcomed me without reservation.

      James and I had planned to get married on April 23 this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to delay to another time when things are more back to normal and people can travel once more. Although this is disappointing, we still have so much to be grateful for, compared to so many who have suffered so much since this awful disease started.

      Stavanger is undoubtedly an extremely beautiful place, as is the rest of Norway that we saw. I can’t wait to share so much more around this fabulous country, which I hope you and other readers will like just as much.

      Thank you very much again for being such a wonderful supporter of my work, this travel series and this site.

      Best wishes,

      Nicole

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      • April 24, 2020 at 2:23 am
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        Happy Wedding Day! It doesn’t matter that the celebration had to be postponed… You’d be James’ wife today, and you are! The tough times are half difficult and joyful moments are doubled when you get through them together. I’ve been married for 30 years – never had a wedding celebration. That’s not as important as long-lasting love and happiness together. Warmest wishes to you both!

        ~ Julia

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        • April 24, 2020 at 7:40 am
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          Thank you so much for such a wonderful message on this day. I completely agree with your sentiment and at the same time, I must congratulate you for 30 years of marriage with all the memories you must have. The celebration isn’t the main thing, its the love you feel for one another. The wedding only marks the day when society recognises it and witnesses see your formal vows but that, of course, is such a small part of your lives together. Thank you again for such a lovely message.

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  • April 19, 2020 at 12:46 pm
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    I am in love with the harbors, terrain, and architecture of Stavanger Norway. This country has always been somewhere I wanted to visit. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. The pure natural beauty of Norway is unmatched. Thank you for bringing me to different places in the world that I might not ever get a chance to see and experience.

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    • April 19, 2020 at 10:16 pm
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      Your comment has really made my day Scott, thank you so much. I really do love visiting places of natural beauty and sharing these travel adventures on this site. The region around Stavanger, and Norway generally, just has so much going for it. I hope you will also stay tuned for quite a few more articles that are yet to be published covering other parts of Norway, including north of the Arctic Circle. So much more to come yet.

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  • April 19, 2020 at 10:00 am
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    This is so beautiful. I’ve never been to Norway, but Stavanger definitely looks like it’s well worth a visit. I love the natural beauty and history of the place. Amazing how much nature shots you’ve captured in your photos, considering it’s the fourth biggest city in the entire country.

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    • April 19, 2020 at 10:11 pm
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      Thank you so much Kat. I must admit that many shots were taken around, rather than in, Stavanger but even the city itself is really lovely, clean and well maintained. Norway’s natural assets are just so beautiful that it is hard not to take good photos!

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  • April 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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    It looks like you had so much fun. Based on your pictures, I clearly need to add Pulpit Rock to my hiking bucket list. It looks like a once in a lifetime kind of view – something that you need to experience first hand to truly appreciate. Hopefully I will get to hike it myself someday soon.

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    • April 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm
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      I really hope you will as well Britt. It really is something that so many people find so worthwhile and is on quite a few bucket lists. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts here.

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  • April 18, 2020 at 11:44 pm
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    Norway is a gem! I have always wonder where that photo of the rocky boulder is from and now I know. Thanks for enlightening me.

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  • April 17, 2020 at 10:02 pm
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    I hadn’t heard of Stavanger before reading this, but it looks like a lovely place to visit. The harbor scenery is just beautiful. I don’t think I’d be hiking up to Kjeragbolten though—while gorgeous, it looks scary!

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    • April 17, 2020 at 10:10 pm
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      I’m with you there Tracy! That is quite an ambitious hike, requiring twice the time compared with Pulpit Rock. We also ran out of time and wanted to see other parts of the country also. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • April 17, 2020 at 9:36 pm
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    This is incredibly lovely. What a great post.
    I would love to visit Norway someday, and all of the Scandinavian countries.

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  • April 16, 2020 at 11:18 pm
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    What a beautiful scenery. I have never been in Norway, but definitely, I will go there someday, this is one of my dream destinations.

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  • April 15, 2020 at 7:12 pm
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    Oh wow this looks beautiful. I love all your pictures too and they are giving me the feeling to travel once all this is over. Norway is just a dream destination.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 1:10 pm
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    Norway is on my bucket list – I want to see the fjords! The city of Stavanger situated around Lake Breiavatnet looks lovely!

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:16 am
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    Norway I’ve never been to yet because it’s hella expensive but I’d love to go on a river cruise there to see the fjords and remnants of the ice age. I love Scandi culture and would love to learn more about individual countries’ culture from that National Day.

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    • April 14, 2020 at 9:06 pm
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      It is true that Norway is more expensive than most countries, Kemi. However, it is also more beautiful than most. I think it’s worth saving up to go for all that I was lucky enough to see and experience. Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 10:48 am
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    I’m a big fan of camping and natural beauty and love that Norway allows camping basically anywhere. Hopefully, this quarantine period will end soon and we’ll be able to travel again soon.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 9:07 am
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    Norway and nature. Nature and Norway. For me it is an ideal mix!

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  • April 14, 2020 at 2:00 am
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    I’ve always thought Norway to be a beautiful country! Now here is a travel article that proves it with all your wonderful pics!

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  • April 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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    Those landmarks look amazing. Absolutely beautiful, I can’t wait till we’re able to travel aboard again. Thanks, for sharing!

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  • April 13, 2020 at 4:20 pm
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    Thanks for featuring this trip. So much needed in a time where we are all on lockdown. All those colors and people socializing is also so refreshing.

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  • April 13, 2020 at 7:36 am
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    I have been to Norway only once but I was fascinated by their traditional houses scattered throughout the scenery of the fjords. The Jæren coastline is a place that’s worth a visit and you have given us so many hints of wonderful places around Stavanger. I like to see that camping grounds are used in Norway as it is my favorite way to travel.

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    • April 13, 2020 at 10:55 pm
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      Norway actually allows camping basically anywhere throughout the country, Iuliana and we saw so many tents, not to mention motorhomes all through our travels there. It really is a paradise with so many friendly people which makes such a warm atmosphere.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 6:34 pm
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    I do not know this part of Norway, but it is in my plans. I have visited the Norwegian Lofoten so far, which is one of the most beautiful places in Europe. That’s why I want to visit the rest of Norway. Stavanger harbor looks so pretty and colorful. I would love to hike to Preikestolen for sure; it is on my bucket list. It is great that you participated in Norway’s National Day. I love these street photos from the celebration.

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    • April 13, 2020 at 10:51 pm
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      I absolutely loved Lofoten as well Agnes! This will be covered in a later post and I’m sure that would bring back lovely memories for you. There are so many lovely places in Norway to see and experience.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 12:18 pm
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    The shoreline of Norway has always fascinated me. It looks so jaggered, so I imagined it to be so picturesque, of a maze of land & waterbodies and I can see that its true!
    The pulpit rock & Jæren coastline might be my top 2 picks when I plan to visit there.
    The beaches and the secluded lanes are just so beautiful! I can see why you’ve fallen in love with Stavanger.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 8:03 am
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    Of the many countries visited by me and my spouse, Norway still remains our favorite destination till now. Although we visited only Oslo and Bergen. Seeing the lovely spots of Stavanger wants me to go back. During our next trip I am surely going to include Stavanger and Pulpit rock in our plans.The National Day celebrations reminded me of some of the festivities that we experienced on the streets of Oslo.

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    • April 13, 2020 at 10:44 pm
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      I do hope you decide to return to Norway to get out from the larger cities and see how beautiful this country really is. Oslo is nice as cities go and Bergen is lovely on the water but I still would recommend you head further out to the regional areas to experience natural beauty that few countries could come close to matching. Thank you very much for sharing your story here.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 7:08 am
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    Stavanger Harbor looks so beautiful with these houses along the bank. The hike to Pulpit Rock Norway sounds difficult, but I bet the view is impressive there. I used to stay in Copenhagen but didn’t have time to visit Norway, so I’d love to go in the future. Thank you for sharing your experience when visiting Stavanger.

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  • April 11, 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    Wow, how beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit the Scandinavian countries and Norway in particular. I’m adding all these spots around Stavanger to my list!

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  • April 11, 2020 at 2:06 pm
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    Oh my goodness!! I think I’ve fallen in love with Norway! I have friends who go every year and they love skiing, so I just thought that was their thing. But you’ve made me really want to go for myself. I love the beautiful scenery and the town looks amazing (it’s so clean! Very different from the streets of London!!). I’ll start planning my post-lockdown trip….

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    • April 12, 2020 at 4:13 am
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      Thank you very much for such a lovely comment, Elisa. I think if you head off to Norway, you will see for yourself what an extraordinarily beautiful country this is, especially away from the cities, even though some of the towns (like Stavanger) are so clean and lovely. I’m sure you would become a fan as well.

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  • April 11, 2020 at 1:51 pm
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    Norway sounds like an awesome place to explore. I would love to visit some day! Sounds like there is so much to see and do.

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    • April 12, 2020 at 4:10 am
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      There certainly is Marysa and there are still a number of posts to come showing various parts of this wonderful country. I hope you will like these as well and thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • April 11, 2020 at 5:37 am
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    Thank you for sharing us your recent visit to Stavanger, all your photos look wonderful! That parade is something that makes the event exciting and experiences its local tradition. We hope to visit Norway in the future, I heard so many things about this beautiful country!

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    • April 12, 2020 at 4:07 am
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      Thank you very much, Blair. We loved the parade and the traditions as well as the warmth and friendliness of the Norwegian people, in the midst of such a beautiful country.

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  • April 11, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    What a beautiful place! Literally on the other end of the world for me but it’s exactly those places that I love to visit, away from the hustle and bustle of cities. Funny how we never think of Norway having great beaches when it’s all coastal! And how long did the hike up to Pulpit rock take? Did the oldies go too? Glad that you had such a great time with James’ family!

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  • April 10, 2020 at 5:21 am
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    Beautiful pics! I have never been there and not sure if I’ll ever be able to visit but seeing the pictures still reveal the beauty around Stavanger. Thanks for sharing!

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  • April 10, 2020 at 4:07 am
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    Wow, Thankyou for taking us through this part of Norway .. one of the destinations in my bucket list. The pics make me want to go there even sooner.

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  • April 9, 2020 at 10:31 pm
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    Stavanger looks amazing! With all the history here and places like pulpit rock to hike up, I would be entertained for days! Stavanger Harbor looks pretty cool as well, and I wouldn’t mind spending a few days enjoying the seaside too!

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    • April 16, 2020 at 12:24 pm
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      Solastranden would be interesting to visit. I’m a beach girl, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a tad different than the beaches of Puerto Rico, lol!

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      • April 16, 2020 at 7:14 pm
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        That’s for sure, Marta! The water certainly would be colder as well, but the quality of the beach is definitely on par with others. Thanks very much for reading and commenting.

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  • April 9, 2020 at 10:04 pm
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    We are sorry we missed Stavanger when we spent 2 weeks in Norway cruising the Norway fjords. Getting out on the pristine waters around the cities in Norway is always a treat. It gives you such a nice perspective on the colourful buildings. I am sure the view from Pulpit Rock was stunning. Good thing I am not afraid of heights! Always fascinating to see how little fencing there is at the edge. We never tired of the views of the fjords that we visited. Those sharp cliff walls created in the Ice Age are not to be missed. We did not see too many beaches. And the cold water would not be a draw for me. But it does look lovely to walk. The older parts of town are often such gems to discover. Loved that shot with nobody out. Sort of feels like most places these days!!!

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    • April 12, 2020 at 3:54 am
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      While I also loved cruising around areas of spectacular natural beauty of Noway and her fjords, Linda, I would really recommend you also consider returning to discover so much more that you can see up close on land. Aside from the cruises we took up fjords, we also did a road trip all the way beyond the arctic circle and some of the scenery was just unbelievable. More to come on this in future posts and if you like colourful buildings then Stavanger, Bergen, Lofoten Islands amongst other places are locations you should consider visiting. I know what you mean about deserted streets at the moment with coronavirus! Hope it will start to get under control soon. Best wishes and thanks so much for such a great comment.

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  • April 9, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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    Beautiful pictures! It really looks amazing there.

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