For the last year and a half, I’ve been living in the South-Western corner of Norway in a city called Stavanger. Dubbed the Oil Capital of Norway, it is home to the famous Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). Most people envision Norway blanketed in snow during the winter however, that isn’t always the case here. Similar to its “Across the Pond” relative – Scotland, it is accustomed to a lot of rain (about two-thirds of the year).
Regardless, for about a fortnight in January this year; white, fluffy snow fell instead of a torrential downpour. Luckily for me, I managed to go around the city capturing its wintery beauty. Winter is well underway this season and I’m hoping for more snowfall. It was continuously snowing last month while back at my parents’ house in Eastern Norway!
Let me take you on a visual journey around Stavanger, showing how beautiful snow makes everything.
Sverd i fjell (Swords in Rock)
This is a commemorative monument represents the unity of the 3 kingdoms of Norway. It is located along the shores of Hafrsfjord, 10 mins drive from the city center. A little trivia fact: this is where the battle for a Norwegian unity was fought back in 872.
In the surrounding area, there is a park perfect for summer BBQs and if you’re game, a refreshing dip. The waters can be a bit chilly if you’re not used to it. In winter, the body of water from the sand banks up to the mid point of the jetty freezes over.
This is a telecommunications tower located near the University of Stavanger. Sat on a small hill, you can climb half way up the building for a bird’s eye perspective of the surrounding areas. From here, you can see Stavanger Sentrum, Hafrsfjord and Sandnes in the distant. It is also my personal spot to go for amazing views overlooking the fjord and mountains!
This local’s bathing spot is a 30 min walk from the center. Diving boards, beach volleyball courts and BBQs are available during the summer. If you’re looking for a spot for some peace and quiet away from the city, this would be my go to.
On the left side of Godalen, there is a path taking you through the woods with amazing views over the water. If you’re lucky for the geomagnetic rating to be high enough, you can see the Northern Lights from this spot! This is actually where I witness Lady Green dancing for the first time. She was indeed quite a sight…
Månafossen is the tallest waterfall in the Rogaland County, standing at 92m. Located an hour and a half drive east of Stavanger, it makes for a nice getaway from the city. If you’re coming to Norway, it’ll be silly not to experience any of the hikes – if you’re able to. For a relatively easy hike and caution on the slippery trails, you can access Månafossen all year around. There is a small farm called Mån situated at the top of the falls and surrounded by mountain tops. It really does make you feel tiny.
Despite being Norway’s 4th largest city, is often an overlooked by visitors to Norway. It has some stunning hikes that you can take advantage of. Although it is one of Norway’s wettest city (Bergen holds the overall title), for a couple of weeks each year, you’re able to experience the city as a winter wonderland.
Would you like to visit this city in the winter?
Peace, love and good vibes.