The big book of Norway

Page 1 - "Wiking Swords"

A siluette often seen on postcards from Stavanger. Three huge swords in a rock at the "Madla" water.

Page 2 - "Surf contest"

At "Bore" beach there is usually a lot of surfers. There´s a camping and a surf school. Great fun to try. One summer day there was a surf contest with surfers coming all the way from Hawaii to compete.

Page 3 - Free festival

Local heroes "Skambankt" at a free music festival sponsored by statoil. Maby the oil companies way of trying to get good publicity? However very appriciated festivel with a lot of people visiting, and a lot of national music legends performing.

Page 4 - Preikestolen

This might be the most famous norwegian rock. You can go there by ferry and bus from Stavanger. but you´ll have to walk the last part. The walk takes ~2 hours, more or less depending on what pace you prefer. Once there you´ll find a square shaped rock hanging out from the mountain side, giving you a great view over "Lysefjorden", and ( if you´re brave enough) a chance to try dangling your feet with more than 600 meters of free air beneath. Don´t expect to be alone though, especially if it´s summer season.

Page 5 - Lysefjorden

At the end of "Lysefjorden" there is a small village "Lysebotn". There is a backpacker hostel, probably mostly renting rooms to adventure sporters such as mountain climbers and base jumpers. The very famous mountain "Kjerag" is somewhere on the right hand side. It is a beautiful place to visit also if you don´t like throwing your self of the mountains. Winter time the road over the mountains is closed, but you can still get there by boat.. some days..

Page 6 - Kjerag

The famous BASE jumping cliff. A ~2 hour hike from closest parking you´ll find theese cliffs, with steep drops close to 1000 meters down to the "Lysefjorden". You´ll also find "Kjeragbolten" here, a hughe round rock stuck between the cliff sides, makeing it possible for people to walk out on to haveing ~1km of free air beneath. Kjerag is also a popular mountain wall for climbers. A search on google and you´ll probably find some interressting stories written by climbers, about their climb up Kjerag.

Page 7 - Old Stavanger

The characteristic white houses of Stavanger. A part of the city center called "old Stavanger" is preserved in the old fashion style. There are also other parts of Stavanger in wich this style of architecture dominates.

Page 8 - "Gloppedalsuret"

According to the ledgend, heathens lived here. They partied, danced and drank during christmas time. As punishment God let the mountain collapse over the village killing of all the heathens. A more scientific theory, is that melt water was blocked by a mountain wall that finally collapsed from the pressure. Either way the remains are magificent.

Page 9 - "Streets of Stavanger"

One of the streets in the centre of Stavanger, with the book café to the right, and the chocolate café to the left. And many more cafés within few minutes walk.

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Western Norway

Stavanger is the "Oil Capital" of Norway. This is where the oil adventure started, makeing Norway on eof the richest countries in the world. The oil museeum is actually pretty interresting, a visit there is definetly recommended. Close to Stavanger you can also find famous places such as "Kjerag" and "Preikestolen". All accessible with boat and bus from Stavanger. Stavanger is also a "surf Mekka" in Scandinavia. At the beach surfers are almost as common as on the beaches of Portugal, and there are at least three surf shops in Stavanger. Stavanger also works as a starting point for winter activity. One option is to take the Ski-boat from Stavanger city to Sauda.