Luxury and boutique hotels in Stavanger

If you’ve never considered the canning industry or oil refinement to be intensely interesting topics, well, you’ve never been to Stavanger. Wait, don’t walk away – beyond its, admittedly niche, yet surprisingly engaging museums, there’s so much more to see in this ancient Norwegian city. Its old town has storybook scenes of cobbled streets and wooden houses, dating back to the 18th century; and talented street artists ensure there’s always something to make you look. Øvre Holmegate is an especially flamboyant street, painted in Miami Vice hues at the suggestion of Scottish artist Craig Flannagan (it’s a long story). Stavanger proves that too many cooks spoil you in the best of ways: sushi, fresh flavourful salads, rugged veggie dishes and more are all on the menu here. Plus, you can find pure, unadulterated nature with trips to Lysefjord and majestic Pulpit Rock.

When to go

Stavanger’s most clement weather starts in July, which happily coincides with its famed Gladmat Festival: a celebration of the town’s gourmet prowess.

Getting there

  • Planes

    There are direct flights to Stavanger Airport from the UK and other Continental cities; those arriving from further afield will stopover somewhere in Europe. Stavanger is an hour’s flight from Oslo.
  • Boats

    Fjord Line ferries drop anchor here from other parts of Norway (Bergen, Langesund) and Hirtshals in Denmark. There’s also a frequent ferry that chugs between Stavanger and Tau.
  • Automobiles

    Norwegians are outdoorsy sorts, and there are wonderful wilds to explore just beyond Stavanger; even the hardiest hikers will appreciate having some wheels at their disposal. They can be acquired at the airport; however, the city itself is easily navigated on foot if you’re not feeling that adventurous.