Our third port in Norway was Stavanger, a bustling (for Norwegian standards) town known for its predominant oil industry. The highlight in town is the Gamle Stavanger, a neighborhood of 18th century white washed wooden houses on the west side of the harbor. The narrow cobblestoned walkways weave between quaint homes with white picket fences and gorgeous flower boxes.
We opted for the Pulpit Rock cruise while in Stavanger. Unfortunately, the rain and fog prevented much for the eye to see, but it was a beautiful ride nonetheless. Pulpit Rock is the most frequented hiking spot in Norway, known for its view over the fjord on an overhanging rock. We also passed the “whiskey waterfall” called so for a local who brewed his own illegal whiskey. He would pour the whiskey over the falls when authorities came to inspect his home for nefarious activities. We also treated ourselves to true Norwegian style waffles with cream and berry jam, a staple in the country.
As one can see by the gloomy pictures, our day in Stavanger was mostly rain, rain, and more rain. The weather is not surprising for Norway, with nearly 300 days of rain per year. Thankfully, we were well equipped with rain jackets and umbrellas yet still managed to become soaked through like wet dogs. Norway’s exquisite beauty captivated us during our short stay. We can’t wait to return, next time in the winter, for dog sledding, ice hotels, and the northern lights!