The city of Stavanger is part of the Greater Stavanger Region, and is situated on a peninsula along the south-west coast of Norway. The city itself is metropolitan, yet surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery Norway has to offer.

The Greater Stavanger Region is the third largest populated area in Norway, with more than 400,000 inhabitants. The city is the oil capital of Norway and most of the oil industry is concentrated here. It is therefore affluent with a strong international orientation. Stavanger was European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Stavanger is intimate, and with its centre arrayed around a pretty harbour, it is also a picturesque place. Stavanger has a vibrant cultural scene and nightlife.Most nights the waterfront is buzzing with life.

The Stavanger region promotes itself as the culinary region of Norway and some of Norway’s best restaurants can be found in Stavanger.

The landscape of the region is an adventure in itself. Out by the coast to the southwest you find the vast North Sea and 70 kilometres of white sandy beaches. Further inland, the landscape rises somewhat, and gently rolling hills give way to extreme mountains.