I spent the last three days in a great company in Stavanger, Norway. We’ve been thinking about the excursion for some time now and in the last days of August we finally realized the plan.
Norway is beautiful!
Right after landing in Stavanger airport we went to the car rental, as we had a few trips planned and didn’t want to depend on buses. It shouldn’t be a problem if you choose to move by public transport as there are numerous routes linking the major areas of the city; we have also seen some hitch-hikers. The apartment we rented by airbnb.com was located in Kvernevik district of Stavanger, about 15 minutes drive from the airport.
On the day of arrival the weather was pretty windy and we decided to spend it exploring Stavanger. We started with the picnic in a pleasant point located near Sverd i Fjell (meaning: Swords in Rock) monument, commemorating the historic battle that took place in 872.
Stavanger city centre is quite small and charming with it’s terraced houses, steep streets, boats moored at small harbor. In the evening we could see nice pubs located around the harbors filling up with people.
Fjords of Norway
For our first trip we’ve chosen Kjerag with it’s popular stone located between the two rocks. The mountain is about 3 hours drive from Stavanger and is highly recommended also because of the route you need to take to get there. The views, the landscape full of cottage houses were amazing, and we could finally see beautiful fjord we’ve heard that much about!
Searching for the perfect shoot … ;)
Kjerag hiking trail is defined as “hard” for a reason. The views are marvellous and reward the effort but it requires strength to get to the top, as you move up and down the steep walls using chains for about 3 hours each way so you end up pretty exhausted. I’ve also seen hardly any children hiking up Kjerag.
The stone located between two rocks nearby Kjerag mountain top is named Kjeragbolten. After getting that far I couldn’t imagine coming back down without a memorial photo! We spent some time admiring the views.
After walking down the trail we took a winding road nearby and could see the end of lovely Lysefjord at Lysebotn.
Preikestolen, Norway (The Pulpit Rock)
Preikestolen is one of the most famous attractions of the Stavanger area. We took a ferry from Lauvik to get there by car as there is no bridge nor tunnel. Ferry ride took less than 15 minutes, and after 20 minutes drive more we reached the parking near the beginning of the trail.
Walking up Preikestolen wasn’t a piece of cake, but after reaching Kjerag the day before, it was a pleasant wander rather than hiking. It took us about 1,5 hour to get to the Pulpit Rock.
Looks like it’s time for lunch – canned fish never tasted better!!
Sola Beach, Stavanger, Norway
In the last evening of our norwegian trip we decided to visit beautiful, sandy Sola Beach of Stavanger. We arrived exactly at sunset and watched magnificent colorful sky. Can you believe there is no filter on the photos?
Three-day visit in Stavanger is enough to see most popular places but I wouldn’t mind staying much longer. Norway is beautiful because of it’s unique landscapes, clear and fresh air, simple, consistent architecture, and I hope to get back there soon!