How to Spend One Day in Stavanger, Norway!

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As the fourth largest city in Norway, Stavanger strikes a unique balance between old world charm and city vibrance. With just one day in Stavanger, I set out to see why this is one of Norway’s most charming cities and what one should do whilst visiting the city and the region.

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Stavanger Harbour

As we were cruising our way through the coastal cities and towns of Norway, we unsurprisingly started our day in Stavanger at the harbour, which also acts as a central point of reference when visiting the city. The harbour itself was a beautiful area to stroll around in the morning and from here you could take one of two routes: one through the old town and one to the modern city where you would wind your way through endless shops along cute narrow streets.

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The Old Town

As this was said to be the most photographic part of town, I naturally chose to begin my day exploring Stavanger here, in the heart of the Old Town. This area is incredibly well preserved and offers visitors an insight into Norwegian life and history. Whilst the houses were once used as accommodation when Stavanger was the capital of Norway, they are now privately owned and kept in a timeless sense that allows you to step back in time.

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Ovre Holmegate

Another beautiful part of town that is less talked about is located just off the main shopping area on a street named Ovre Holmegate. Here you can wander the bright, colourful streets that show a quirkier side to the city of Stavanger, stopping in at one of the many vintage clothing stores, record stores, or small cafes. Although small, this part of town has a much more relaxed, care-free vibe and is a great place for people watching!

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Day Trips from Stavanger

Even though Stavanger is the third largest city in Norway, you will easily cover the city in half a day and thus might be looking to venture beyond the city for what Norway is really known for: hikes and nature!

The most popular day trip nearby is Preikestolen, accessible by ferry and a 3.8 kilometre hike. If you’re up for an adventure the views overlooking Lysefjorden are said to be incredible (sadly we didn’t have time!)


I visited Stavanger on an 8 night cruise of the Norwegian Fjords with Celebrity Cruises. I would highly recommend both the cruise and the late summer sailing (end of August) if you’re looking for a slice of sunshine with a chance of rain!

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    October 15, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Loved the pictures! I will definitely be adding Norway to my list of places I’ve got to go to!

    October 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Norway is just amazing!!!. I would love to visit some day.

    October 7, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Love it Brooke! Norway and Iceland have been on my radar so much more lately, I really want to go and these pics just inspire me more 🙂

    October 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I am sure to visit Norway after reading this awesome post. Thanks a ton for sharing your personal experiences 🙂

    October 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    It is Useful article. Thanks for the information and very helpful for us.

    Sri Sairam Subhayatra
    September 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Really it is an interesting and informative article. I Got some good idea by reading this topic. Thanks for sharing your view.

    September 28, 2016 at 2:10 am

    ahhh Norway is so beautiful I want to go back! Too bad it’s terribly expensive

    September 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Great post about my hometown, Stavanger 🙂 So glad you got the change to visit it! Just one little remark, though: Stavanger has never been the capital of Norway. Before Oslo/Christiania there were Bergen, and before that again, the first capital of Norway was Trondheim.

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    September 26, 2016 at 3:11 am

    It looks so colorful and sweet. I love when a city is looking like that. I think a lot of cities/towns can be done in just one day!

    September 25, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I’m obsessed with all those houses! So cute and dainty, I’d like to live there please! In the middle of planning my Norway travels for next year, and these articles are hitting the spot! Keep them coming pls! 🙂

    September 25, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I would love to visit some day. Norway in general just looks breathtaking!

    September 24, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I always say this but Norway is on the top of my buektlist! The houses are so pretty and I feel like anywhere in the streets would be a beautiful place to photograph!

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    September 24, 2016 at 8:22 am

    What a stunning little town!

    September 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    We never thought to visit Norway..I mean it wasn’t in our first destinations but seems really nice and confirms that every place has its beauty! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

    September 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Great post

    September 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    waiting to visit those place soon!!!!!!

    September 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Oh that pretty & colorful houses *heart eyes*