Charm from the top drawer, meets Banksy, meets aquatic action - all in this magic, west coast city.

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Stavanger is home to Preikestolen, the cuboid-like, gravity-defying, vast slab of rock which hangs high over a fjord and has become one of the most iconic images of Norway. The city is also famous as the centre of oil, gas, and renewable energy industry in Norway. Yet neither are near the top of the main draws of this magical, wild city on the west coast of Norway. Stavanger is compact, buzzing with life and utterly adorable. Easy to get to and across, this thriving city offers so much for meeting & incentive events.

Stavanger Old Town is ludicrously charming, the harbour boasts a wonderful, historic promenade and the shopping and entertainment streets are an explosion of colour and urban art. To the south of city are what many consider Norway’s best surf beaches – award-winning, with glorious nature and dunes. Dining is excellent with truly local produce and Stavanger has some remarkably unique venues for corporate events.

STAVANGER AT A GLANCE

Facts & figures

  • Population | 130,000
  • June ave. temp. 14°C
  • September ave. temp. 12°C

Airport transfers

  • Stavanger airport | 9 miles

Culture

  • Art festival
  • Street art
  • Dining

Action

  • RIB tours
  • Abseiling 
  • Hiking
  • Stand up paddling
  • Surfing
  • Coasteering

STAVANGER

Fringed by water and mountains, central Stavanger is located around the harbour, forming a truly wonderful and compact area to explore on foot. To the west of the city harbour is Stavanger Old Town, streets of white houses that are jaw-droppingly charming. Easy to navigate on foot, these streets include residential properties, art studios and an original canning factory – a remnant of the early fishing industry. The central harbour is lined with bars, restaurants and shops and attracts small yachts, right through to liners. Just further east of the harbour, lies Øvre Holmegate, (colour street) which is an explosion of colours, Nordic-style. It is pure eye-candy with a long line of terraces and unique bars. The entire area can easily be explored in an afternoon, all on foot.

The city also invested in a new concert hall, a modern masterpiece whose glass walls overlook the wider harbour and local islands. This event space can be hired for private functions and is easily reached through the old town or harbour promenade. Throughout the city are examples of street art, Banksy-like creations that hide amongst the dream-like buildings of central Stavanger. For those looking to explore Stavanger beyond the centre, boats leave the central harbour, whilst the southern beaches are 20 minutes by road from the central area. Getting to or leaving Stavanger is similarly simple, the easy to transit airport is some 15 minutes from the city centre.

STAVANGER ACTIVITIES

RIB tour

RIB through the fjords of Stavanger, beneath Pulpit Rock.

Norway's #1 hike

Stand on Norway's most iconic rock.

surfing

Learn to ride waves in Norway's surf capital.

STAVANGER DINING

Before hydrocarbons, Stavanger’s income came from its fisheries. Today the canning plants have closed but the fish catches remain a staple on the menus. The variants of fish soup in Stavanger are exquisite, especially when enjoyed on the waterfront. As well as the fish, Stavanger region produces a wide range of fruit and vegetables and the sustainability campaigns of the city ensure that much of the food is locally sourced. There are a number of excellent restaurants in Stavanger, with visitors mixing with the locals and enjoying some wonderful regional specialities.

One truly special dining experience for a meeting or incentive event can be taken on a private island outside of Stavanger. Around 20 minutes by boat, Flor & Fjære offers the chance to dine in a converted green house, amongst lush plants and trees, with first-class food and service. This might be a green house, but being Norway, it is an incredible structure with superb features and build quality. Fish is caught in the waters off the island and much of the ingredients are grown on-site. The gardens feature outdoor bars and seating areas offering sensational sunset vistas.

STAVANGER NIGHTLIFE

The harbour area of Stavanger is the most recognisable hub of nightlife. At night, this area is alive with people on yacht decks, the harbour promenade, and the bar & restaurant terraces. There is entertainment on both sides of the water and the reflecting water makes it a magical spectacle.

‘Colourful street’ is a second locality to enjoy Stavanger by night. The colours under lights are no less spectacular than the daytime feast and this central area offers some wonderful authentic bars, including one which offers a free book exchange alongside its beer taps.

STAVANGER MEETINGS

There are a number of central meeting venues, both in hotels and the city centre of Stavanger itself. For those meeting event planners looking for something a bit mind-freeing, stimulating or unique, then there are some great options on offer in Stavanger. From the harbour of Stavanger, it is possible to charter an electric boat with dedicated meeting spaces and technologies. Views over the fjords and breakouts on the decks – meetings & seminars in true Stavanger-style.

In the waters off Stavanger is a private island and there are newly built, superb meeting spaces offering views over ornate gardens and the ocean. Dining, breakouts on the shoreline and a boat transfer add to the experience. Just south of Stavanger on the glorious golden beaches is a fantastic meeting venue in a converted farm barn (or alternatively its chicken house). Combined with dinner, a round of golf or activities on the beach – this is a quality meeting & escape venue.

STAVANGER - THE UNMISSABLE

Considered the surf-capital of Norway, the award-winning, pristine, and wonderfully attractive beaches stretch south for mile after mile.

 

Not only do these beaches offer fantastic surfing conditions, but there are also endless event activities to enjoy on them, such as e-biking, stand up paddling, coasteering and kite surfing.

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