Stavanger - Norway's oil capital
Stavanger is Norway's fourth largest city, and is located on Nord-Jæren in Rogaland. Stavanger is today considered the center of the oil industry in Norway and is often called "oil capital". The group has its headquarters at Forus in Stavanger.
Stavanger area consists of a varied landscape, where you both find fjord and mountains and stunning white sand beaches.
Old Stavanger, also known as Straen, consists of about 173 protected and restored wooden houses. These were built in the late 1700- and the beginning of 1800 century. Area consists of small picturesque whitewashed houses, and is considered one of Northern Europe's best preserved wooden houses.
Solastranda has been named one of the world's most beautiful beaches. This is a sandy beach of over 2 km with beautiful dunes. The beach has a great location close to Stavanger airport. Due to its proximity to Stavanger, the beach is a very popular area to visit. The sun beach is very shallow, and on windy days the beach is a sought-after destination for windsurfers. Right by the beach you will find the beautiful hotel Sola Strand Hotell. Feel free to stop by the hotel for lunch while enjoying the great views before the trip continues!
Lysefjorden is a 42 km long fjord which at its deepest is 422 m. Fjord is mostly known for Pulpit Rock bolt.
Preikestolen (Prekestolen) is a mountain plateau on the north side of Lysefjorden in Ryfylket in Rogaland. The pulpit is one of Norway's most visited nature attractions. Both the spectacular view, the impressive shape, but also the good accessibility from Preikestolhytta are probably important reasons why this place has become so popular.
The plateau is almost entirely flat and is about 25 25 mx m wide. It rises about 600 m and from here you have a wonderful view over the Lysefjord and the surrounding areas.
Probably was this plateau created by frost for about 10.000 years ago. A deep crack runs across the plateau, and helps to confirm theories about how the plateau was created.
The walk up to the plateau is a fantastic trip, and takes about 2 hours each way from the parking lot at Preikestolhytta (unsuitable for stroller / wheelchair). There is much good to look at along the walk, so it is wise to calculate good time. Good shoes are required, and for many it can also be fooled by wandering poles to lean on.
Many people choose to add more days on a visit to this area and use then feel the first day to the Pulpit Rock and the next day to Rock.
Kjerag is another mountain plateau in the south of the Lysefjord. The magnificent view from the edge of the mountain, where the wall goes 1000 meters straight down, helps to confirm why this is a favorite tourist destination.
To get to Kjerag take Lyse road up to Øygardstølen. This is a winter road closure, may the way out in June. If in doubt please contact Vegmeldingstjenesten on phone 175. By Øygardstølen there is a large paying car park and toilet facilities.
Kjeragbolten is a 5 m³ big stone that has wedged in a crack about 900 m. The toughest climbs down on the stone, and have enough of it got a memory for life - and probably the tour's toughest picture if you have with companions who can capture the experience.
The place is also a favorite utsprangspunkt for base jumpers.
Normally heading up about 2 hours.