Stavanger is a flourishing port and university town in Western Norway, which dates back to Viking times and then grew in importance when herring fishing, shipbuilding and most recently the oil industry, made it one of Norway's key economic centres.
Stavanger has a lively vibe that makes it a happy place to spend a few days. There are good shops and decent restaurants and bars in and around the Skagen area in the centre. These cater to a mixed clientele of tourists, local office workers, sailors and oil workers returning from the offshore rigs.
Stavanger is well placed for exploring nearby fjords and mountains, or combining with a tailor-made South Norway itinerary to Kristiansand. Preiskestolen - the Pulpit Rock - is one of the standout local attractions, a table of rock at the top of a precipitous 600-metre cliff that rises up from the Lysefjord. Seeing it from the fjord on a cruise and then hiking to the top to get another perspective - look over the edge if you're feeling brave - is a popular combination for holidaymakers.
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The southern fjord regions of Stavanger and Hardangerfjord boast some of Norway's most spectacular natural attractions, including Solastranden beach - recognised as one of the top ten beaches in the world, Preikestolen – also known as Pulpit Rock – and Troll's Tongue Rock.
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