9 Insanely Useful Facts On Stavanger, Norway That Will Shock You – North Sea 6

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Stavangerregionen Havn IKS, Stavanger

The Port of Stavanger handles cruise, goods, offshore and ferry traffic. It also include pleasure boat tourism and collaboration with festival organizers and public sector groups. Ships anchor right at the city near Stavanger‘s “Old Town”. And because of this, the Port of Stavanger is a popular port of call for the cruise industry.

On Stavanger’s History:

It used to be an insignificant fishing village, ruled by successive lines of chieftains during the Viking period. Infamous as a place of chaos, it was Harald Haarfarge (Harold Fair Hair) who brought law and order in the area. Fairhair‘s victory in subduing the chieftains also paved the way in the formation of the Kingdom of Norway. But unfortunately, that freedom was short lived when Denmark annexed Norway via the Kalmar Union. Under Danish rule, Stavanger developed and was a bastion of the Catholic Church. When the Reformation (Protestant) Movement surfaced in the 15th century, Stavanger suffered a great deal.

It was the herring industry that gave Stavanger a space on the map during the 19th century. Unfortunately, its fishing industry suffered an economic blow but Stavanger switched to shipbuilding. After all it has an abundant supply of timber. Again the birth of the steam ship put an end to its shipbuilding industry. However, by a stroke of luck, natural gas was discovered at the North Sea. Stavanger‘s economy was redeemed. And these days, this city has the rigs for the oil fields. It refines oil and is one of the richest cities in the world. After all that Stavanger had gone through, this city did have the last laugh in the end.

Map showing Stavanger, Norway.

After our oil discharging at Bergen Port in September 2001, the Knock An suffered a hole so we have to anchor at Stavanger for emergency dry dock for a week. This is Norway‘s 4th largest city. And of course, the country’s oil capital, home of Statoil (now Equinor). It is one of Norway‘s oldest settlement and Stavanger is protected by its off-shore islands. A charming, old town along the southwestern coast by the fjords, it is oozing with history, eccentric museums and incredible element complete with an amazing landscape. A beautiful region to explore, here are 9 insanely useful facts on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you.

Fact 1: It has the largest collection of timber houses in Northern Europe at an area called Gamle Stavanger.

Stavanger may be a large city that extends over a vast area but in reality it looks like a small and unassuming town because of Gamle Stavanger. It has around 8,000 of wooden houses lining the city’s streets, the largest in Northern Europe. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you. Gamle Stavanger gives a quaint town feel to the city.

Fact 2: Christmas 1969 will always be a memorable one in Stavanger.

Few days before Christmas, oil was discovered in 1969 about 320 km. southwest of Stavanger. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you. Philips Petroleum Company had informed the Norwegian government of the great discovery. Ekofish become a very significant oil field in the North Sea.

Fact 3: It is Norway’s oil capital.

Stavanger plays a very important role in Norway’s oil and gas industry. The year 1963 will always go down to Norway‘s history as the major turning point for its HUGE wealth and economic growth in the next decades. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you. It’s that era when the Norwegian government has declared its claim over the territory of Norway‘s continental shelf in the North Sea. Any natural resources in the area would belong to the Norwegian state. And yes, all that came next was…..history.

Fact 4: Stavanger’s petroleum industry provided its government an estimated income of NOK (Norwegian Kroner) 238 billion richer in 2019.

And yes, Norway has always been responsible with their money. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you.Income from brent oil goes into 2 separate money pots: Government Pension Fund (like the SSS or GSIS here in the Philippines) and Oil Fund (with a US $1 trillion worth of assets worldwide).

Fact 5: One of world’s biggest oil company, the Statoil (now Equinor) is based in Stavanger.

Founded in 1972, Norway‘s Statoil ranks one of the world’s largest crude oil trader, everyday. This also includes its production of refined oil. Its headquarters is in Stavanger. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you.

Fact 6: Pulpit Rock (Prekeistolen) or “preacher’s pulpit” was once used as in the Viking Age as a sacrificial site but now it is the site of a very dangerous kind of ritual.

An obscure shaped, massive rectangular rock rising from Stavanger‘s Lysefjord, Prekeistolen means “preacher’s pulpit”. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you. In ancient times this was used for pagan religious ceremonies. Today, due to its flat surface it is now used as BASE jumping. It is also a favorite hiking destination especially in spring and summer seasons. But you must be physically fit enough to do this kind of activity. Because it requires 4 hours of hiking to get to its summit. Pulpit Rock has been used as a location site in the movie, Mission Impossible, Fallout.

fFact 7: Ledaal House is the oficial residence of the Royal Norwegian Family here in Stavanger.

It used to be a summer residence of the Kielland family in 1799. The Stavanger Museum bought Ledaal in 1936 to serve both as a museum and a residence of the Royal Family when they are in Stavanger. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you. A heritage listed building you can visit Ledaal where you will learn about Stavanger‘s art and history.

Fact 8: Jernaldergarden is an Iron Age Farm in Stavanger which shows what life was in Norway during the ancient times.

Near the University of Stavanger, a large farm was unearthed in the 1960s believed to have belonged from the Iron Age in Norway. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you. After the fall of the Roman Empire, its tribes were scattered throughout Europe. Jernaldergarden is a restored Iron Age farm here in Stavanger that tells life in that period. It consists of 3 stone and one long houses and they are built in a semi-underground manner. There is a large field of open land where it keeps a flock of rare Norwegian sheep. Students from the University of Stavanger while dressed in the Iron Age clothing will show you around the farm. They will explain to you about the kind of life during the 5th century.

Fact 9: Skagenkaien is Stavangard’s version to Bryggen of Bergen.

It’s a waterfront area of Stavanger that consist of well-preserved wooden houses in the 19th century. An insanely useful fact on Stavanger, Norway that will shock you. Today Skagenkaien is now the heart of a lively nightlife scene where bars and restaurants thrive.

I hope these 9 facts will be of help in making the best of your time in case you have decided to explore Stavanger in the coming year. I highly recommend this beautiful city in Southwestern Norway to you if you want to experience the best of history and nature. There is no reason for you not to visit this city. God tur.

Reference: Wikipedia