The Stavanger region has a lot to offer and most things are within easy reach - fjords and mountains, open sea and long sandy beaches, big city attractions and the charm and intimacy of small towns.
Stavanger is situated in the south-western corner of Norway beside the Boknafjord. Both the names of the city and the fjord date from the Viking Age. The area has a typical Atlantic climate. It does rain, but not nearly as much as it does in the rest of Western Norway.
For many, the small colorful houses and cobbled streets are probably the most characteristic features of Stavanger. ‘Old Stavanger’ consists of 173 listed and restored wooden houses that were built around the turn of the 19th century. Old Stavanger is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
The Stavanger region offers lots of fantastic nature experiences and everything is within easy reach, whether you wish to experience beautiful fjords, majestic mountains or the open sea. A trip to the Lysefjord is a must for visitors to the Stavanger region.
The Stavanger region has a colorful cultural scene, and was named European Capital of Culture in 2008. The region can offer a number of different experiences for culture enthusiasts: historical monuments, innovative architecture and exciting museums such as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum and the Rogaland Museum of Fine Arts.
The Stavanger region also offers a great diversity of culinary experiences. An active milieu has made the Stavanger area one of Norway’s leading food regions. Stavanger hosts "Gladmat", the biggest food festival in the Nordic countries, every summer.
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Ryfylke is situated between Stavanger in the south and Haugesund in the west and offers fantastic natural attractions such as waterfalls, mountains and fjords! The Ryfylkevegen road, which is the main thoroughfare in the region, leads to many well-known attractions. These include the famous mountains Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) and Kjerag, Svandalsfossen waterfall in Sauda, Kolbeinstveit farm museum (Ryfylke Museum), which is an old farm cluster preserved as it was in the 1850s in Suldal in Ryfylke, and the zinc mines in Allmannajuvet in Sauda. The zinc mines were in operation from 1881 until 1899. Parts of the mine and the mine road have been restored and are now open to the public.
For more information about Ryfylke, visit:www.ryfylke.com