Encompassing several islands and fjords along the North Sea coast, Rogaland is a historically-rich county that’s considered the centre of the Norwegian petroleum industry. It’s home to the lively cities of Stavanger and Haugesund, as well as striking natural wonders such as the famous Pulpit Rock. The Karmsundet - Nordvegen Strait separates the mainland from the island of Karmøy and is intertwined with the birth of the nation.
Things to do in Rogaland
Whether you want to learn about Norway’s Viking past or be immersed in the natural beauty of its fjords, Rogaland boasts attractions that will appeal to all travellers.
Explore the oil city of Stavanger. Clustered with more than 170 whitewashed wooden houses, Stavanger is a historic waterfront settlement that’s transformed into an oil and energy capital of Europe. You can delve into the city’s history at the Stavanger Museum and get up close to submersibles at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum before soaking up the lively international atmosphere in the city’s bars and restaurants.
Hike to Pulpit Rock. Offering staggering views across the Lysefjord and its sheer cliffs, Pulpit Rock is one of Norway’s most photographed natural wonders. Known locally as Preikestolen, it is accessed along a six-kilometre-long hike from the mountain lodge of Preikestolen Fjellstue. Combine your trek to Pulpit Rock with a cruise along the Lysefjord to view this 604-metre-high cliff from below.
Discover Norway’s birthplace at the Nordvegen History Centre. On the southern outskirts of Haugesund lies Avaldsnes, an ancient centre of Viking power that became the first royal throne of Norway. The Nordvegen History Centre documents the kings and princes who controlled the Karmsundet – Nordvegen Strait (after which Norway is named), with King Harald Fairhair himself guiding you through the sagas and archaeological findings from the region.
Getting around Rogaland
Stavanger Airport is the main gateway to Rogaland and has flights to destinations across Europe, with the smaller Haugesund Airport offering regular connections to Bergen and Oslo. Trains travel between Stavanger and Egersund in the county’s south while buses and ferries are the main means of getting around the north.