Best spots for photography in colourful Stavanger, Norway

Best spots for photography in Stavanger

Gamle Stavanger

Stavanger, Norway may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but as the saying goes you get what you pay for. The city of 130-thousand people that made its riches from the oil industry is nestled amongst the breathtaking fjords, and is the gateway to famous Pulpit Rock which is considered one of the most breathtaking views in the world.

The city oozes charm in every sense of the word, from the perfectly-preserved wooden homes that dot the hillside to the peaceful parks and lively waterfront. For those lucky enough to visit, here are five of the best spots for photography in Stavanger.

Øvre Holmegate

Easily one of the most colourful streets you’ll ever come across, Øvre Holmegate is comprised of a few blocks in the city centre lined with shops, restaurants and cafes painted with just about every hue in the rainbow.

Best spots for photography in Stavanger

Øvre Holmegate

Stavanger, Norway photography

Øvre Holmegate

Nicknamed “Stavanger’s Notting Hill,” the district is a fantastic spot to stroll through on a sunny afternoon, or at night when twinkling lights turn on overhead.

Best spots for photography in Stavanger

Øvre Holmegate

Gamle Stavanger

It may not be as colourful as Øvre Holmegate, but Gamle Stavanger is equally memorable. This old part of the city is protected by a conservancy, as it’s home to Europe’s highest concentration of wooden houses.

Best spots for photography in Stavanger

Gamle Stavanger

Stavanger, Norway photography

Gamle Stavanger

The beautiful rows of detached homes that wind up the hillside date back to the 18th century, yet you wouldn’t know it based on how well kept they are. Even more fascinating is that the approximately 200 houses in the area are all painted white, save for distinguishing features like brightly-painted doorways and window boxes.

Best spots for photography in Stavanger

Gamle Stavanger

Stavanger, Norway photography

Gamle Stavanger

Vågen (The harbour)

Stavanger’s waterfront is one of the most bustling spots in the entire city, thanks to the cruise ships that sail in during the summer months and deposit throngs of tourists onto its boardwalk. The promenade is lined with brightly painted wooden wharf houses, which once served as storehouses for goods like logs and salt. They’ve since been converted into bars and restaurants, which overflow with people enjoying the view while tucking into Norwegian specialities like fiskeboller and reinsdyrstek.

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Stavanger, Norway photography

Vågen

Stavanger, Norway photography

Vågen

Keep an eye out for the green roof of the Varberg tower which pokes out from behind the buildings, and has great views of the surrounding city.

Stavanger, Norway photography

Vågen

Stavanger, Norway photography

Vågen

The Norwegian Petroleum Museum

A museum dedicated to the offshore drilling industry may not sound like the prettiest spot, but head outside and you’ll be in for a treat. Adjacent to the building is a playground fashioned out of materials related to oil production—and it turns out they’re all rather colourful!

Stavanger, Norway photography

Norwegian Petroleum Museum

Walls are tagged with bright graffiti, pipelines refurbished so they’re safe to crawl through, and vibrant orange buoys now serve as a makeshift bouncy ball pit. Snap some shots, then channel your inner six-year-old and play in the park.

Stavanger, Norway photography

Playground outside of the Norweigen Petroleum Museum

Stavanger, Norway photography

Playground outside of the Norweigen Petroleum Museum

Stavanger, Norway photography

Playground outside of the Norweigen Petroleum Museum

Breiavatnet lake

While Stavanger isn’t a particularly crowded city, it can get busy when the cruise ships come in. Escape to Breiavatnet, a small, shallow lake just steps away from the city centre. A walking path loops around the water which comes complete with a fountain, and families like to gather near the pavilion to watch the many swans, ducks and seagulls that call Breiavatnet home.

Stavanger, Norway photography

Breiavatnet lake

Stavanger, Norway photography

Breiavatnet lake

As a bonus, the historic Stavanger Cathedral which dates back to the Middle Ages is nearby, and just a few blocks north you’ll find the Tuscan-red Sankt Petri kirke.

Stavanger, Norway photography

Sankt Petri kirke

Stavanger, Norway photography

Stavanger Cathedral

Have any photogenic spots to add to this list? Share them in the comments below!

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18 Responses

  1. I’m hoping to get back to Norway this year and will have to try to get to Stavanger. Your photos are gorgeous!

  2. Hugo Cura says:

    I have been to a few places in Norway but not Stavanger and definitely looks like a place to visit on my trip to Norway. I really like the charm of Norway’s “small” cities. This is a very picturesque location.

    The weather was amazing. Really makes those colors pop!

  3. noel says:

    It really is a colorful city, I love the architecture and old world style combined with the modern and cobblestone streets. Wonderful post.

  4. sherianne says:

    What a great guide, love knowing where to go to get the best photos! I have been putting together a destination list for Norway and this is appreciated for sure

  5. Claudia says:

    Love this guide! I am book marking this if I visit Norway as we love exploring small and colorful streets!

  6. So photogenic! I love the white houses. The shot of all the rooftops and white sides clustered together is fantastic. Having been to Sweden and Finland, I’d love to get to Norway. They’re expensive but I’m in love with those Scandinavian countries.

  7. Tracey says:

    A photographers dream, indeed. Wow, Stavanger is a real stunner! Norway is on my list, thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Indrani says:

    Cool settings for good pictures. I am usually a little haphazard while taking pictures and end up regretting why I missed out some good spots. Norway is in my list, hopefully it happens.

  9. Fantastic spots Tamara! As bloggers we’re always on the look out for the best photographic spots (especially for instagram!). I’ve just read a post on Copenhagen and Stravanger looks so similar with the beautiful bright and vibrant houses and gorgeous seafront. The Petroleum Museum is a surprise, who would have thought that some of the coolest street art in town would be on a playground by a Petroleum Museum? I’d have to check it out if I go!

  10. Nancy says:

    Stavanger, Norway looks like a beautiful place! Your photos are sunning. I agree, you often get what you pay for 🙂

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