Flights to Stavanger touch down in Sola, located southwest of the city. The airport is the third-busiest in the country and handles helicopter traffic from the North Sea oil rigs and Royal Norwegian Air Force search and rescue service, as well as a large number of domestic and international flights. If you're travelling from the UK, you can get flights to Stavanger from a variety of different airports. If you’re looking for a connecting flight to another part of Norway, you can travel to destinations like Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim and Ålesund. You can fly directly to Stavanger from London Heathrow, Newcastle and Aberdeen with SAS and partner Widerøe.
Like many Norwegian settlements, Stavanger is a charming and picturesque city, located on the North Sea coast. Norway is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe and although Stavanger is home to fewer than 190,000 people, it is the country's fourth-largest city. Since oil was discovered in the North Sea in the second half of the 20th century, Stavanger has grown in both size and influence, but don't let this deter you. Although the city is referred to as the petroleum capital of Norway, there's much more to Stavanger than that.
Old Stavanger, known locally as Gamle Stavanger, offers you the chance to step back in time and lose yourself among cobbled streets and quaint wooden houses. Many of the streets are lined with market stalls, mostly selling pottery, paintings, jewellery and other artistic creations. Culture vultures can while away the hours at the Rogaland Kunstmuseum, home to an expansive collection of Norwegian art, while the Norwegian Oil Museum and the Norwegian Canning Museum provide an insight into the city's commercial past. Stavanger is also home to two sculpture installations by British artist Anthony Gormley, as well as the imposing Three Swords monument, which provides a fantastic photo opportunity for curious tourists.
Like many parts of Norway, Stavanger also offers a number of outdoor activities, including hiking and climbing routes, Solastranden beach and ice skating on the Stokkavannet Lake. North of the city lies the Boknafjord, one of the largest fjords in Norway’s southern region, which is well worth a trip by car or bus. These tranquil inlets, created by the movements of ancient glaciers, are one of Norway’s star attractions. They're not found anywhere else on earth, which makes them a must-see on any trip to the country.
Although most flights to Norway connect to the capital city of Oslo, the country also has seven smaller international airports:
Stavanger is found on the southwestern tip of the country, which makes it closer to the UK than any other Norwegian airport.
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