You know oil is important to an area when the city boasts an oil museum. Stavanger’s economy is linked to oil and the city’s population growth is because of offshore oil. The day we were there was, unfortunately, one of the worst weather days of our trip. It was cold, rainy and windy.
But despite the weather, it was easy to see Stavanger is a charming city. The Old Town has beautiful, white-washed homes with cobblestone streets. Quite slippery, when it’s rainy.
We visited the Canning Museum. If you have ever tasted King Oscar sardines, the fish may have come from the Stavanger area. They no longer can the fish; that is done in Poland. But at one time, Stavanger was once home to more than half of Norway’s canning factories.
Thankfully, it quit raining long enough for us to eat outside, but with the heaters on! This is where we got our first taste of just how expensive Norway is. Two local beers and two trout lunches…$78!