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waters North Sea
political Europe > Norway

Stavanger has about 100.000 inhabitants and is Norway's fourth biggest city. It has a special meaning for the oil industry of Norway. The oil reserves of Norway are located westwards from here in the North Sea.

The approach from north-west is without any difficulties; the channel is wide and well buoyed. But you have to share this channel with speed ferries and freighters.

There are several berths in Stavanger


[edit] Berths

Berths Stavanger
Berths Stavanger

[edit] Vågen

coordinate: 58°58'17.02"N 005°43'45.16"E

Town harbour in a deep-cut bay. Yachts will moor directly at the old town centre Skagen. Infrastructure (water/electricity) is available. You can moor at the pier or pontoons. However, this harbour should be unprotected against swell from ships, arriving in Stavanger.

costs and washing rooms: unknown

[edit] Banavik


coordinate: 58°58'19.78"N 005°44'42.36"E

Banavik is a small bay just in front of the bridge of Stavanger. It will be frequented mostly by day-trippers. The marina is very narrow and quite shallow (partly just 2.5 m). It seems to be unsuitable for larger boats.

costs and washing rooms: unknown

[edit] Sailing club

coordinate: 58°58'29.02"N 005°44'29.45"E

The sailing club of Stavanger is opposite to Banavik on the other side of the channel. Visitors can moor at the outer side of the pontoons.

costs: up to 35 ft.: 80 NOK, larger boats: 100 NOK. There is exactly one shower in the club house, but for free (key can be got from the harbour master). Water and electricity is available, but not at all berths.

The disadvantage is that the way into the city is far. You have to cross the bridge and to walk further into the city centre (walking about 30 min).

[edit] Tips

  • Lysefjord - The Lysefjord is Norway's most famous fjord near Stavanger. It can be reached from Stavanger by rental car or by boat. Recommendable is the ascent of the Preikestolen. 5 km southwards of Jørpeland there is a parking space and a trail to a ledge, 600m above the Lysefjord. The walk will take about 2h, sturdy shoes are recommended. Unfortunately this place is very popular, so you have to share the trail with numerous other tourists.
There is a bus from Stavanger to the parking space at Preikestolen. The trip costs 200 NOK (return), the bus goes every 4 hours. An alternative to the bus is a rental car. A car with 7-seats will cost e.g. from Hertz for 24h 1300 NOK, additionally you have to calculate 300 to 700 for the ferries (depends on route).
  • Oil museum - The oil museum is a structure, visible from water, which architecture is based on an oil platform. Corresponding to different travel guides, it should be worth a visit, but the entrance fee is very high (70 NOK).