The town of Stavanger is situated along the shores of the narrow and winding Lysefjord. The natural environment here is dramatic, including the white sands of Sola Beach with its gently rolling waves. A highlight of any visit to Norway is the awe-inspiring peak of the world famous Preikestolen, or ‘Pulpit Rock,’ looming 2,000’ (604 m) directly above and overlooking the fjord. A hike to the table-top summit of the peak is rewarded by spectacularly breathtaking views all round and is truly the experience of a lifetime.
Stavanger itself is one of the oldest cities in Norway, having a well-preserved old town, with over 170 wooden houses on winding streets creating a quaint and charming atmosphere. Stavanger Cathedral is the best-preserved medieval cathedral in Norway, dating back to the year 1125. Once declared a European Capital of Culture, Stavanger is home to a number of prominent museums including the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and the Art Museum.