The attractive port town of Stavanger, in south-western Norway, is the gateway to the stunning Lysefjord and famous Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). A fjord cruise or a hike to the top of this impressive feature is a must for any visitor.
The city itself also has a lot to offer; its bustling harbour comes alive in the evenings and offers a wide variety of dining options and the promise of a good night out. Gamble Stavanger, the city's delightful Old Town, is an enchanting place to explore with its 18th-century streets adorned with picturesque whitewashed wooden houses, each surrounded by pristinely kept gardens. For those looking to learn a little bit whilst on holiday, Stavanger is home to a host of interesting and unique museums, including the Oil Museum, which will tell you about how this industry made the city rich, as well as the Canning Museum, Maritime Museum, and Norwegian Printing Museum (just to name a few).
With plenty of kayaking and other hiking options in the area (including the iconic Kjerag boulder hike), Stavanger is an excellent base for the outdoor enthusiast, and the direct flights from London make this city an ideal long weekend getaway or starting point for a longer Norwegian adventure.