About Stavanger
Hammer Sprint in Stavanger 2018 (Photo: Szymon Gruchalski)


Stavanger is a city and municipality in Norway, the third-largest urban area in the country, through conurbation with neighbouring Sandnes. As the energy capital of Europe, 50 years of oil and gas activities have shaped Stavanger into a truly international region. Today, 181 nationalities are represented, with more than 20 percent of our population have another origin than Norway. Today 132,000 inhabitants live in Stavanger, although the greater region counts over 300,000.


Stavanger is the natural choice to see the most spectacular natural highlights of the Norwegian Fjord Region – such as the Pulpit Rock and the photogenic Kjerag Bolt. The Pulpit Rock has been nominated the world’s most spectacular viewpoint by CNN and Lonely Planet. The Norwegian fjords are on the UNESCO list of world heritage and offer some of the most majestic and spectacular scenery in the world. Surrounded by mountains, beaches and water, the city is truly a unique destination for meetings, events and conferences. Stavanger’s intimate and mostly pedestrianised city centre with its old town and medieval harbour makes for a charming atmosphere.


Easy access to and from Stavanger Airport with direct flights from 72 destinations worldwide – including major hubs of Amsterdam, Paris, London, Copenhagen and Berlin. Stavanger has a strong reputation for hosting a variety of international events. The biannual Offshore Northern Seas Conference, Festival & Exhibition attracts more than 90,000 visitors, and the region also hosts events like Tour des FjordsNorway ChessBlink Skifestival, World Cup skating and the North Sea Cycle Race, to mention just a few. The Stavanger region is one of spectacular contrasts. From the beautiful sandy beaches stretching along the west coast to breath-taking fjords and steep mountains, everything is within reach.


In the last few years Stavanger has developed into one of most modern destinations for large events and conferences.
The energy is vibrant and new venues and hotels are being built every year to keep up with the demand of the evolving scientific communities and organisations.