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    Stavanger – a brief overview

    With a good smattering of quirky museums, thriving nightlife and a stunning 12th-century cathedral, Stavanger has plenty to recommend it. The city’s wealth might be founded on oil but you certainly wouldn’t know it to look at it. Cobbled streets, a pretty harbour and some of the most beautiful scenery in

    Norway are all to be found on its doorstep with only the Norwegian Petroleum Museum and the high prices betraying its inky roots. What Stavanger does particularly well is nature, with the mighty Månafossen Falls and the iconic Pulpit Rock just a short drive away.

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    Gamle Stavanger

    Gamle Stavanger
    Stavanger
    Norway
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    One of the few parts of the city centre to escape modernisation, Gamle (Old) Stavanger is a host of 170 beautifully maintained wooden homes dating from the 18th century onwards.

    Norwegian Petroleum Museum

    Kjeringholmen 1
    4004 Stavanger
    Norway
    Tel: 5193 9300
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900 (Jun-Aug)
    Mon-Sat 1000-1600
    Sun 1000-1800 (Sep-May)

    Stavanger was built on oil, and this fascinating little museum explains exactly what it’s all about. Better still, you don’t need a chemistry degree to understand it.

    Stavanger Cathedral

    Haakon VIIs gate 2
    4600 Stavanger
    Norway
    Tel: +47 51 84 04 00
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1900 (Jun-Aug)
    Tue-Thu and Sat 1100-1600 (Sep-May)

    Soaring over its surroundings is the mighty Stavanger Cathedral, which has occupied its city centre spot since the 12th century. Its 13th-century Gothic choir is particularly lovely.

    Stavanger Maritime Museum

    Nedre Strandgate 17
    4005 Stavanger
    Norway
    Tel: 5184 2700
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1600 (Jun-Aug)
    Sun 1100-1600 (Sep-May)

    Like the rest of Norway, Stavanger has a long and at times glorious maritime past. This museum offers a snapshot of the city’s sail-powered heyday.

    The Three Swords Monument at Hafrsfjord

    Møllebukta
    4042 Hafrsfjord
    Norway
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    Unveiled by King Harald in 1983, the impressive monument is made up of three huge Viking swords rammed into a rocky knoll overlooking Hafrsfjord. It marks the spot where, in 870, Harald Hårfagre (Fair Hair) fought and won the battle that eventually led to the unification of Norway.

    Norwegian Canning Museum

    Øvre Strandgate 88
    4005 Stavanger
    Norway
    Tel: 51842700
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1100-1600 (Sept-May)
    Mon 1100-1600 (Jun-Aug)

    Located in a former canning factory, this strangely interesting museum is home to a huge collection of vintage cans and a potted history (pun intended) of Stavanger’s sardine fishing industry. It also smokes and serves up its own.

    Månafossen Falls

    Eikeskog

    Norway
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    Not far from Stavanger are the mighty Månafossen Falls, which tumble down 92m into the gully below and are the ninth highest in Norway.

    Ledaal

    Eiganesveien 45
    4009 Stavanger
    Norway
    Tel: 5184 2700
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    Opening times:
    Holidays and by appointment

    Built between 1799 and 1803 as the summer residence of the Kielland family, the beautiful red-brick manor is now a royal palace and also houses a manor documenting the lives of 17th-century Norwegian gentry.

    Preikestolen

    Forsand i Ryfylke
    Norway
    Tel: 5185 9200
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    One of the most iconic of all Norwegian sights is Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock: a huge square outcrop peering out over the pretty Lysefjord. While most choose to walk up, there’s also a bus.

    Roots of the Vikings

    Østervågkaien 39
    4006 Stavanger
    Norway
    Tel: 4820 0010
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1100-1600
    Tue and Thu-Fri 1000-1600
    Sat-Sun 1200-1600

    Like elsewhere in Norway, Stavanger’s men weren’t immune to the temptation of going on the odd Viking raid, and this interactive series of exhibitions reveals how it was done.

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    Country overview

    From precipitous glaciers to steep-sided gorges and crystalline fjords, Norway’s natural beauty is impossible to overstate. The unspoilt wilderness of the Arctic north is one of the few places where the sun shines at midnight during the summer and where the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the skies during the long, dark winter. Further to the south, the picturesque cities of

    Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen are brimful of buildings showing off Scandinavia’s age-old flair for design in cosmopolitan surroundings. Beautiful though the cities are, the real wonders of Norway are to be found outdoors, with ample skiing, fishing and rock-climbing opportunities for the adventurous and nature lovers alike.

    Geography

    Norway is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by Finland, the Russian Federation and Sweden, to the south by the Skagerrak (which separates it from Denmark) and to the west by the North Sea. The coastline is over 25,000km (15,534 miles) long, its most outstanding feature being the numerous fjords.

    Most of them are from 80km to 160km (50 to 100 miles) long, and are usually flanked by towering mountains. Much of northern Norway lies beyond the Arctic Circle and consequently, mostly takes the form of rugged tundras. The south is covered with pine and larch forests, and dotted with lakes, rivers and mountains.

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    Key facts

    Population: 5109056

    Population Density (per sq km): 13

    Capital: Oslo

    Language

    Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk)is the official language but Northern Sami, Lule Sami, Kven and Southern Sami are also recognised. English is widely spoken throughout Norway as are Swedish and Danish.

    Currency

    Norwegian Krone (NOK; symbol Kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of Kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of Kr20, 10, 5 and 1. The 50 øre coin is now out of circulation.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European round two-pin plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Holy Thursday: 17. April 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    May Day: 01. May 2014
    Constitution Day: 17. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Andre Juledag: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Holy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    May Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Constitution Day: 17. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Andre Juledag: 26. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Stavanger
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    Stavanger may not be the largest of cities, but it has plenty going for it come night time, with bars, clubs and pubs dotted

    all over the city centre. Prices aren’t cheap but the company is usually convivial.

    Timbuktu Bar

    Nedre Strandgate 15
    4005 Stavanger
    Norway
    Tel: +47 51 84 37 40 ‎
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    One of Stavanger’s buzzier bars, Timbuktu boasts a 360-degree bar and live DJs at weekends.

    Nåløyet

    Nedre Strandgate 13
    4005 Stavanger
    Norway
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    The ‘needle’s eye’ is one of the nicest pubs in Stavanger and has a huge range of beers.

    Newsman Nyhetscafé

    Skagen 14
    4006 Stavanger
    Norway
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    A traditional Norwegian bar, Newsman Nyhetscafé will serve you anything from coffee to cocktails.

    Taket Bar & Nightclub

    Nedre Strandgate 13
    4005 Stavanger
    Norway
    Tel: +47 51 84 37 01
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    Decked out in minimalist white, the Taket Bar & Nightclub is packed to the rafters on Saturday nights.

    Checkpoint Charlie

    Nedre Strandgate 5
    4005 Stavanger
    Norway
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    The lively Checkpoint Charlie hosts live bands and DJs all week long.

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    Restaurants in Stavanger
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    Fresh seafood is the highlight at many of Stavanger’s restaurants, the majority of which are to be found in and around

    the harbour. As well as local dishes, the city has eateries cooking up everything from pizza to sushi.

    Flor & Fjære

    Hidle
    4123 Sør-hidle
    Norway
    Tel: +47 51 11 00 00
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    Price: Expensive

    Set in pretty gardens on an island a short boat ride away, the food is almost as lovely as the setting.

    Straen Fiskerestaurant

    Nedre Strandgate 15
    4005 Stavanger
    Norway
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    Price: Expensive

    One of the best places in Stavanger for seafood in a prime spot close to the harbour.

    Gaffel & Karaffel

    Øvre Holmegate 20
    4006 Stavanger
    Norway
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    Price: Moderate

    A seriously stylish modern restaurant offering a range of international flavours and an on-site champagne bar.

    Kitchen & Table

    Arne Rettedals gate 14
    4008 Stavanger
    Norway
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    Price: Moderate

    Popular with Stavanger’s cool crowd, Kitchen & Table offers a hip take on Norwegian classics.

    Café Sting

    Valbergjet 3
    4006 Stavanger
    Norway
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    Price: Cheap

    The place to go if you’re a meatball fan, Café Sting combines large portions with low prices.

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    International Chamber Music Festival

    11 – 17 August 2014
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    Venue: Various venues in Stavanger.

    This is Stavanger’s premier classical music festival, featuring concerts in a variety of locations in and around the city centre, though the most atmospheric venue is the Cathedral. Grieg and Beethoven are favourites, but there’s space on the programme for contemporary composers too.

    NuMusic Festival

    4 – 6 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Devoted to electronic music of many descriptions, this is one of Stavanger’s busiest festivals, attracting an international crew.

    Kapittel (Chapter)

    21 – 25 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Stavanger Kulturhus, Sølvberggata 2

    The well-established Stavanger International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech draws its contributors from far and wide and, although most of the lectures and readings are in Norwegian, a fair number are in English. Each year Kapittel has a theme.

    UGÅ

    1 – 31 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Student knees-up with concerts, gigs, plays and parties concentrated at the student venue of Folken, but spreading out to other places as well. Particularly good for catching early sightings of up-and-coming Norwegian bands and balladeers.

    Stavanger Wine Festival

    1 – 30 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Traditionally, Norwegians drink beer and spirits, but an increasing number have taken a liking to wine. One of the results is the Stavanger Wine Festival in which around 20 of the city’s bars, cafés and restaurants offer tastings from an international range of vintages.

    May Jazz

    1 – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various Stavanger venues.

    One of the city’s leading festivals, MaiJazz attracts top-ranking performers from home and away, as it has done for the last 20 years. Performances are scheduled across the city in a variety of venues. Every sort of jazz is catered for from trad to progressive.

    Landstreffet

    8 – 10 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Kongeparken Amusement Park.

    Popular music festival covering most of the musical bases from house to heavy metal, punk to pop. Showcases bands from far and wide – Belgium, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, the US and the UK have all been represented in recent years. Geared up for late teens in particular.

    Gladmat Festivalen (The Happy Food Festival)

    1 – 31 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Literally, the ‘Happy Food Festival’ is a celebration of all things gastronomic. The emphasis is not on haute cuisine, but on connecting the consumer and the (small) producer. There’s a strong focal point on local and seasonal produce too. The festival attracts over 250,0000 visitors a year, a prodigious crowd in small town Norway.

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    Scandinavia’s big-name brands – Scandic and Clarion – are both present and correct but there are plenty of interesting independent boutique hotels as well as homely bed

    and breakfasts on offer. As ever, nothing in Norway comes cheap so expect to pay a fair amount for your bed and board.

    Myhregaarden Hotel

    Nygaten 24
    4006 Stavanger
    Norway
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    Category: Expensive

    A pretty and comfortable boutique hotel in the centre of Stavanger.

    First Hotel Alstor

    Tjensvollveien 31
    4021 Stavanger
    Norway
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    Category: Moderate

    Huge and comfortable, this is a business hotel but a relatively cosy one.

    St Svithun Hotel

    Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsens Gate 8
    4011 Stavanger
    Norway
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    Category: Cheap

    Not far from central Stavanger, St Svithun Hotel is comfortable and clean.

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    Climate & best time to visit Norway

    The best time to visit is between mid May and mid August, unless you’re coming to ski, in which case the best time is December to Easter. Hikers and those in search of outdoor pursuits including wildlife watching should aim to visit in the summer months when the warmer weather makes getting out and about in the Norwegian countryside a real pleasure. Better still, the summer is low season, which means accommodation and transport deals aplenty.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +47

    Telephone

    Numbers starting with 800 are usually toll-free while those beginning with 9 are mobile numbers. The international access code is 00. International calls are often prohibitively expensive, so ask for Telekort (Telenor phonecards) when visiting post offices and Narvesen kiosks. Unfortunately, Telekort cards can be hard to find, so it’s often easier to use a prepaid card bought from a private company who issue you with a PIN and a local access number. If you have a laptop with you, Skype is by far the cheapest way to make international calls, and it can also be found at the occasional internet cafe.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones cannot be hired. Coverage is mostly good, but may be patchy in mountainous areas.

    Internet

    There are many internet cafés throughout Norway and you can also access the Internet via public libraries, often free of charge. Wi-Fi is widespread.

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    Key Areas

    Stavanger is certainly no Stockholm and most of what is to be found around the main pedestrianised streets in the city centre consists of international chains. Nevertheless, Gamle Stavanger does have several independent boutiques as well as several craft shops, while on Nygaten you’ll find quirky shop Bjørk-birch selling an eclectic range of crafts. Also worth visiting is Dale of Norway on Skagen which sells high-quality locally made knitwear.

    Markets

    Along with a fish market on Torget, the main square, the streets around the cathedral host a weekly farmer’s market where you can pick up toothsome local produce.

    Shopping Centres

    The centrally located Stavanger Storsenter is the main shopping mall in Stavanger and houses more than 70 shops.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Normal courtesies should be observed and follow similar lines to those of other European countries, with a few regional exceptions, for example, guests refraining from drinking until the host has toasted their health. Hosts and hostesses often expect an invited guest to offer small gifts on arrival for a meal.

    Lunch, generally a light open sandwich snack known as a matpakke, takes place between 11.30am and 12pm, while dinner is very early – around 5pm. Punctuality is expected if invited out for dinner.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Norway is safe to eat although care should be taken when purchasing food from unlicensed/roadside stalls. Norwegian tap water is safe to drink, although drinking from fjords, streams and rivers – however clean they look – isn’t recommended as even the most inviting-looking water can harbour parasites. Water that has been boiled or treated with iodine or chlorine tablets is usually safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis is sometimes recommended.

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