The history of the area today called Stavanger dates back thousands of years to the time of the Stone Age.  Evidence suggests that man may have first inhabited the land of Norway as early as 8000 B.C.  However, evidence in the Stavanger area only reveals inhabitants as early as 3000 B.C.  These people were most likely hunters and fisherman.

Cave dwellings dating back to this early time can be seen just minutes outside of the city. 

            Around the end of the 8th century of the modern era, Norwegian Vikings began making explorations of Europe as well as Asia.  Norway was at the time ruled by various Kings, whose initial purpose of exploration was for trade.  However, many would-be “trade explorations” turned into nothing more than plundering parties. During this time known as “The Viking Era”, the land of Norway had many Kings and ruling parties, who would often battle in a series of civil wars during the middle ages.

            The city of Stavanger was officially established in the year of 1125.  This was a rough time for Norway, as civil wars continued to destroy the area up until the early 13th century.

            Over the following two centuries, Stavanger grew into an important market town and center for civic administration.

            For more information, visit this detailed history of Stavanger.