Like many tourists, our visit was during a cruise stop of the Norwegian Fjords and I'm sure this quaint part of the town of Stavanger is best visited when ships are not in town. As such, I suggest looking at a port directory website to capture the most authentic atmosphere of this 18th and 19th century housing quarter. However, even when fairly crowded this part of Norway's fourth largest city is well worth the trip up and down the cobbled streets....I suggest leaving the ship early, walking to the right and straight up the hill to get the best pictures though. There are some fairly interesting shops, galleries and cafes there but it gets a bit crowded by midday, with tourists obviously drawn by Norway's "must see", their somewhat unexpected "Canning Museum".
Generally, if you intend staying within Stavanger for the day, don't bother with an organised tour, everything is within walking distance, including the market, which you pass to visit the Anglo-Norman Cathedral, a small urban lake, and the almost certainly unique Petroleum Museum, cunningly disguised as an oil rig! Although not one of my favourite cruise stops in the wonderful fjords, Stavanger offers a good walking route known as the Blue Promenade for some bizarre reason!
Altogether, Stavanger tries hard to attract tourists and certainly provides the unusual and an authentic reflection of Norway's proud seafaring and trading history, all cobbled together within a interesting walking adventure - even in the rain!.
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