I love Norway and the fact that it is so close to the UK makes it a great place to get away even for just a weekend break. I had a chance to spend two days there last weekend. I totally recommend it for a short getaway and if you do decide to go, here are five cool things to do in Stavanger.
Walk around Old Stavanger
This super quaint area is located on the western bank of the port and it is made up of a 170 odd historic houses, dating back to the 18th century. It’s not as touristy as I’d expected and I loved wandering around the quiet, cobblestoned streets, peeping though the windows of the white cottages. There are lots of little hidden gardens and you’ll also find the odd boutique and gallery here.
Visit the Canning MuseumThis museum is located in the heart of Old Stavanger and it is actually more interesting than it sounds. I never really had a particular interest into the canning industry, but I loved learning about the history of Stavanger and the importance of this industry to Stavanger back in the day. Do go upstairs and peek into the workers’ loo and the boss’ office.
We all know how stylish the Scandinavians are and the shopping centre of Stavanger is full of lovely design shops with great home ware. My favourite shop is Indiska, which is maybe not so Scandi, but I love their bohemian home ware and jewellery. Do bear in mind that shops close at 4 on a Saturday and are closed altogether on a Sunday.
Have lunch in the 'Colourful Street'
Ovre Holmegate has also been dubbed Notting Hill of Stavanger by some, but I think the colours are where the comparison stops. It’s a small street with cosy cafes where you can warm up with hot soups and sandwiches. Do check out the bookstore café called Stuen Bøker og Børst, which is a cosy book themed place have a coffee and a slice of their famous Guinness cake.
Go on a cruise around the Lysefjord
Hop on one of the three-hour fjord cruises that leave from the port in Stavanger and marvel at the impressive views that pass along. You’ll be humbled by the sheer size of the fjord walls as well as some of the vacation homes along the shores of the fjords, and you’ll even get a chance to drink the purest of waters from a waterfall before turning back to Stavanger. Best cruise I ever took.