Stavanger is situated in the south of Norway and has many scenic attractions, including the world famous Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), which is renowned for having one of the most breath-taking views in the world. There are plenty of cultural places to visit, such as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger Art Museum and the Norwegian Canning Museum. Stavanger and its neighbouring city of Sandnes, 8 miles away, were designated the European Capital of Culture back in 2008. Stavanger also hosts the Gladmat Food Festival which takes places in July every year and here visitors can find an enormous range of food, from strange and unusual types of cuisine to familiar everyday food. In fact, the small city of only 128,000 people is gaining an international culinary reputation, with two Michelin-starred restaurants among its excellent range of eateries.
The temperature in Norway fluctuates according to region, and daylight hours vary vastly depending on the seasons. The south of Norway, where Stavanger is situated, is the warmest and the driest region in which to live or to visit. The famous northern lights phenomenon can usually only be seen in the North; however, occasionally they can be seen all over Norway. The warmest months to visit Stavanger are June to August when temperatures can reach up to 70℉, and days are more than 17 hours long. November to March sees temperatures of up to 40℉ and September to November and April to June see temperatures between 40 and 60℉.
Stavanger is a university city, and, due to its layout, everything in the city center can be accessed on foot, making it an easy city to travel around in. The bus company Kolumbus offer a comprehensive network which covers Stavanger and Sandnes, and Kolumbus also operate passenger ferries which will take you to some of the smaller and more remote islands.
When in Stavanger, the rates for renting a vehicle start from around $50 per day and can go up to $179 per day depending on the type vehicle that you choose. The cars can be picked up from either the airport or the city center and can be returned to a different place if necessary.
Car rentals vary greatly in Stavanger and how much you pay will vary greatly on where you go. Hiring a vehicle by the week is more economical, even if the period required is only a few days.
Most car hire companies have the following requirements:
Every driver must have liability insurance to be able to drive in Norway because it is a requirement by law and if you don’t have it then you shouldn’t be on the roads.