Things to do in Rogaland

Our most recommended things to do in Rogaland

From Stavanger: Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord Scenic Cruise

1. From Stavanger: Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord Scenic Cruise

Imposing Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is tremendously popular. Exhilarating Lysefjord ranks among the world’s most beautiful fjords. A great adventure – all year! Feast your eyes on majestic Pulpit Rock seeming to reach into the sky above incredible Lysefjord. This exciting Lysefjord cruise creates memories for life. We also take you to Vagabond’s Cave and tell you the legend of this mysterious opening in the mountain. We carefully nudge the boat’s bow up the Hengjane Falls where you can feel the spray of mountain water. Enjoy the striking scenery from the comfort of our boat’s sheltered cabin, with panoramic windows all around, or venture out on the spacious sundeck. The kiosk onboard offers a variety of refreshments, including beer and wine.

Stavanger: Waterfalls, Rocks and Caves Sightseeing Cruise

2. Stavanger: Waterfalls, Rocks and Caves Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the Norwegian fjords throughout a scenic sightseeing cruise from Stavanger. Enjoy nature in all its glory from the comfort of a boat, passing by stunning sights such as the Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). Discover the mysterious Vagabond's Cave, a gorgeous cove where dramatic cliffs surround an aqua-marine pool. As legend has it, the cave was named after a group of vagabonds who hid in the shelter for months trying to escape police. Then, head to Pulpit Rock, a natural rock formation consisting of a steep cliff that rises 1,981 feet above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, with an almost flat top of approximately 80 meters across. Next, see the towering waterfalls, idyllic islands, and breathtaking scenery of the Lysefjord. Also, visit wild goats at a summer pasture, and taste clear mountain water from the Hengjane Falls.

From Stavanger: Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Guided Hike

3. From Stavanger: Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Guided Hike

Hike one of Norway’s most spectacular walking trails just a few hours from Stavanger, and get stunning views from the top of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) above the Lysefjorden fjord. Reach the edge of the near-vertical cliff and test your nerves of steel as you stand or sit close to the edge above crystal-clear waters. Enjoy a light snack as you take in the unobstructed views over a fjord formed by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Reconnect with the wilderness on the 4 to 6-hour trek using well marked and easy to follow paths. Face the challenge of rocks that may become slippery in more demanding areas before you reach the unparalleled views.

Stavanger: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Stavanger: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Visit Stavanger and be stunned by the beautiful landscapes including fjords, mountains and white beaches. The city also has an extensive historical background which is portrayed through the city's large number of museums. Stavanger is also Europe's oil and energy capital. Begin your tour at the first stop, the Strandkaien Cruise Terminal, for the full experience. The tour will continue to the Tourist Information Station, where passengers can hop-off and take a short walk over to Stavanger’s Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the most stunning works of architecture in the city and its interior is equally as beautiful. One of the tours most notable spots is the Petroleum Museum which has become one of the coasts most memorable landmarks. Located on the Port of Stavanger, its unique architecture makes it stand out from the crowd and its history inside is just as intriguing.  If you prefer a museum more focused on natural and cultural history, than hop-off at the 7th stop and visit the Stavanger Museum. There’s also a museum for art-lovers at stop 9. The museum boasts an extraordinary number of artwork, now totaling over 2,600. Another recommended stop to hop-off at is stop 10 – the Ledaal Royal Residence. This wonderful building is the official residence to the King of Norway. From the top-deck of the tour buses, you will be able to get brilliant photos of this famous building.  As the tour takes you to these iconic locations, you can also enjoy an informative on-board commentary that is available in 8 different languages. You can also enjoy free WiFi on-board. Please find a list of the tour stops below:  • Strandkaien Cruise Terminal • Tourist Information and Stavanger Cathedral • Petroleum Museum • Victoria Hotel • Petroleum Museum • Tourist Information and Stavanger Cathedral • Stavanger Museum • Museum of Archaeology • Stavanger Art Museum • Ledaal Royal Residence • Strandkaien Cruise Terminal

Stavanger: Customized Private Tour with a Local

5. Stavanger: Customized Private Tour with a Local

In this customized trip, skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local's eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. The local guides are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since they are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. Meet at your accommodation to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Through conversations with your guide, learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it’s like to be a true local. The more notice, the better, as these tours are organized on demand and are completely personalized. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Stavanger: Guided Kayaking in Lysefjord

6. Stavanger: Guided Kayaking in Lysefjord

Meet your guide and experience kayaking in Norway. Learn the basics of paddling and explore the Fjord. See seals up close and personal, and marvel at the peaceful water. Paddle along the steep mountains, and into Vagabonds Cave. Pass Refsa dock and witness a lovely waterfall before turning back.

Stavanger: Lysefjord Kayaking Trip with Gear & Snacks

7. Stavanger: Lysefjord Kayaking Trip with Gear & Snacks

Explore the incredible fjord landscape in Lysefjordon on this guided kayaking tour. Learn the basics of kayaking, then embark on the water to see mountains, gorges, waterfalls, and wildlife. Take breaks to learn about the area and fully enjoy the scenery.  After meeting your guide, start with a short briefing about the trip, safety talk, and waivers. Gear up in the necessary paddling gear before walking (150 m) to the kayaks down by the fjord.  Adjust the seats and pedals of your kayak with the assistance of the guide, then set out on the water to learn the basic paddling techniques, including efficient forward paddling and how to steer the kayak. When you've got hold of the basics, follow your guide across the fjord where you'll be paddling closely along to the 300-400m tall mountains, exploring beautiful gorges and waterfalls, and hopefully meeting some of the curious seals of the fjord. Enjoy multiple short breaks on the water, where you can enjoy a chocolate snack and learn about local history, culture, and wild edibles in the fjord. Before turning around to head back home, paddle right below the Pulpit Rock.

Stavanger: Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Stavanger: Self-Guided Audio Tour

This Norwegian city of Stavanger is built around a beautiful large natural harbor and is famously known as Europe’s oil capital. Learn about the city’s interesting history and visit some of the city’s 23 sculptures that are scattered around Stavanger. This audio tour will show you the breathtaking views of the Vagen Harbor and the great Stavanger Cathedral. See the Concert Hall, the Bjergsted Music Park, the Gamle Stavanger, Lake Breiavatnet, the Culture House and the Petroleum Museum and Geo Park.  This relaxing and easy-going city has a young feel with lots of restaurants and bars due to its large population of university students. Benefit from an entirely self-paced tour. Simply download your audio files and use them at your own leisure.

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What people are saying about Rogaland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 285 reviews

I had the best morning with my guide Miroslava. She gave me lot of good information about Stavanger and when I indicated I was interested in street art, she showed me her favorite murals and street art. It was incredible having a local show me around town. Highly recommended!

The most amazing experience. I will always remember that. Norway is a very beautiful country and we were lucky with the weather.

This was so beautiful and worth the trek there! Definitely a moderate hike. Bring water and snacks, and expect crowds

Absolutely beautiful way to spend the morning! Crew was accommodating and views were magnificent! Highly recommend.

A wonderful cruise, the weather was perfect, the optimal length of the cruise