Norway’s energy capital has an international feel and a fascinating street art scene.
The country’s oil HQ may not strike you as the most obvious city to visit, but Stavanger has a lot going for it. The oil wealth (known as the “black gold”) means the city has a genuine international feel to it, which is reflected in its restaurants, bars and shops.
Stavanger is a good base for exploring the nearby Lysefjord, home to two of Norway’s most famous attractions: Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten. The National Petroleum museum might sound like a bore but actually offers a lot to keep kids happy while the adults learn more about the industry that shaped the city. Stavanger’s street art is worth exploring, as is the picturesque Old Town. The city is home to many festivals and events throughout the year.
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