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Things to see and do in Stavanger

The Stavanger region has many scenic attractions, among them the Lysefjord, Sola beach and the world famous Preikestolen (“the Pulpit Rock”). Preikestolen is located 604 metres above sea level and is the most visited attraction in the county of Rogaland. Lonely Planet named it the number one most breathtaking viewing platform in the world.


Staying in Stavanger

When you visit Stavanger we recommend that you stay in the Stavanger St.Svithun.

Hostel Stavanger St.Svithun is a modern hostel with a central location. It provides the perfect base to access both fjords and mountains and is 15-20 minutes walking distance from the town centre, where you can stroll along the cobbled streets and enjoy the shopping. St Svithun is directly connected to Stavanger University hospital and is also a hotel for patients and their families.

All rooms have a shower and free Wi-Fi, an onsite café called Café Morgenrød which serves hot and cold dishes all year round, a popular outside terrace and a shop which is conveniently located at the entrance to the hostel and is open 24 hours a day. Bedlinnen and towels is included in all prices.

Directions:: Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsens Gate 8, 4011 Stavanger

Tel: +47 5151 2600, Fax: +47 5151 2699, Email:

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Attractions in Stavanger

The city of Stavanger has a bustling street life and nature is never far away. Take a boat trip on Lysefjorden to Preikestolen or Kjerag, or there are many great walks close to the hostel including around Mosvannet Lake or in the Våland gardens.

Stavanger is a university city and home to a number of institutions of higher education and research. This is reflected in the city’s urban and lively atmosphere, and in the varied assortment of shopping and dining opportunities. In 2008 Stavanger and Sandnes were designated European Capital of Culture, a testimony to the variety and wide range of cultural events and activities in the region. The Gladmat Food Festival, usually held at the end of July, is a large happening in the region and attracts around 250,000 visitors every year.

The city centre of Stavanger is quite compact, which makes it easy to reach most attractions on foot. Old Stavanger offers Europe’s best preserved wooden house settlement, consisting of more than 170 white wooden houses. On your walk you can easily stop by some of the city’s many museums, such as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger Art Museum and the Norwegian Canning museum.

At 1084 metres, Kjerag towers above the other peaks along the Lysefjord. Most people are happy just to enjoy the view of the Lysefjord from the plateau itself, but for some hikers, the climax of the excursion is to be photographed on the Kjeragbolten, a round rock wedged solidly in a mountain crevice. Kjerag has also become a popular attraction for mountain climbers and base jumpers.


Eating out in Stavanger

A relentless hunt for the freshest local food is how the two Michelin-starred restaurants RE-NAA and Sabi Omakase inspire fellow places to eat and drink in the whole Stavanger region. N.B. Sørensen Annen Etage, Hall Toll, Spiseriet, Tango Bar & Kjøkken, Gaffel & karaffel, 26 North and Fish & Cow. For a brasserie-like atmosphere and price level, you have RE-NAA Matbaren and RE-NAA Xpress, Skagen, N.B. Sørensen Brasseriet, Bølgen & Moi, Vågen at the fish market Fisketorget, Kitchen & Table, Bevaremegvel and Salza.


Getting around in Stavanger

The public transportation system includes metro, bus and ferry. The Sola airport is located about 20 minutes from Stavanger Centrum, there is a direct airport shuttlebus that also goes by the hostel.


Top tip in Stavanger

If you want to save on food costs we recommend that you buy in supermarkets and make use of the hostel’s self catering kitchen.


There are endless opportunities for an active holiday in the entire region. Just to mention some; canoeing, kayaking, fishing, salmon safari, surfing, kiting, climbing, ZIP line, rappelling, SUP, boating, skiing, cycling, hiking or extreme sports such as base jumping


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