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About Stavanger

Stavanger, the administrative capital of the Rogaland region, is a charming city in Norway. With over 130 000 residents, it offers you access to breath-taking scenery in the surrounding area. Stavanger features lovely, well-preserved wooden buildings and access to the amazing and colossal Lysefjord. The city’s top attractions include Preikestolen, Three Swords, and Stavanger Cathedral.

Get ready to explore the beautiful administrative capital of the Rogaland region, because cheap flights to Stavanger are now available. Stavanger is home to Stavanger Airport (SVG), which is a 20-minute drive or a scenic 40-minute bus ride to the city centre. Stavanger Airport serves a number of airlines, including Scandinavian Airlines, KLM, and British Airways. Popular connecting flights are available from Johannesburg to Stavanger. The flight duration is 12 hours and 25 minutes.

Why visit Stavanger

Preikestolen Stavanger Amazing Surroundings

Amazing Surroundings

With cliffs and fjords around Stavanger, like Preikestolen and Lysefjord, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable time exploring the landscape around this Norwegian city.

Three Swords Stavanger Historic Sites

Historic Sites

Stavanger includes access to the monuments and museums that highlight the impressive history of Norway, such as the Three Swords, the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, and Stavanger Cathedral.

Solastranden Stavanger Exciting Activities

Exciting Activities

During the cool summers and mild winters, there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy, such as Arctic-style surfing at Solastranden Beach, and ice skating at Stora Stokkavatnet.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Norway
Currency Norwegian Krone
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.63 NOK
Language Norwegian / Nynorsk / Bokmål
Hub Airport Stavanger Airport (SVG)
Airline Scandinavian Airlines / KLM / British Airways
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type C / F

Best time to visit Stavanger

Stavanger has cool summers, mild winters, and rainfall throughout the year, with the highest volume from September to February. The summer season (June – August) is the most popular time to visit, with temperatures reaching no higher than 20°C and moderate rainfall. If you prefer to skip the crowds and avoid the hassle of booking accommodation in advance, make sure to visit Stavanger during the months of April and May (spring). Around this time, the temperatures are starting to rise to the mid-teens, and the volume of rainfall decreases to below 40 millimetres.

Weather & Climate in Stavanger

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levles (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -1°C -1°C 1°C 3°C 7°C 9°C 12°C 12°C 10°C 7°C 3°C 1°C
High °C 3°C 4°C 6°C 9°C 13°C 16°C 18°C 18°C 15°C 11°C 7°C 4°C
Rainfall (mm) 90 84 63 48 39 50 54 90 96 110 91 87

Overview

This charming destination offers you a holiday opportunity you should not miss out on. With gorgeous scenery all around and nearby breath-taking sights like Preikestolen and Lysefjord, Stavanger invites you to take part in an adventure, exploring the magnificent landscapes that surround this Norwegian city.

Those who enjoy hiking, climbing and mountain biking will have plenty of opportunities to do so in the mountains around Stavanger. In the summer, take part in thrilling Arctic-style surfing at the northern-most break in the world, Solastranden Beach. During the winter season, go ice-skating at Stokkavannet, the largest lake in the area. For some insight into Stavanger’s history of the first king of Norway – Harald Fairhair - and a fantastic photo opportunity, visit the Three Swords.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders will need a Schengen Visa to visit Stavanger. You can apply for this visa at the Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria (telephone: +27(0) 12 364 3700), the Norwegian Honorary Consulate in Durban (telephone: +27(0) 31 267 8410) and the Norwegian Consulate in Cape Town (telephone: +27(0) 21 418 1276).

The nearest South African Embassy is in the capital, Oslo.

Address: Drammensveien 88C, 0244 Oslo Phone: + 47 2327 3220

Health & Safety

The local police force in Stavanger ensures that the city has a high level of safety. Like any destination, however, there is crime to consider. During the weekends, you should be careful when exploring the downtown area, as many partygoers often have too much to drink and may harass you. When taking a taxi, always do so in groups.

In the city centre, while walking, you may encounter prostitutes. According to reports they can be persistent. Simply carry on walking, since it is illegal to practise prostitution in Norway.

It would be wise to visit your doctor and receive all the necessary routine vaccinations four to six weeks before your trip to Stavanger. Depending on where you go and what you do, you may also need vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG STAVANGER
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 312.65
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 125.06
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 65.90
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 26.18
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 171.96
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