Things to do in Stavanger
Bring in a haul with a spot of fjord-fishing
The waters off Stavanger are rich in fish and several companies offer all-inclusive fjord-fishing trips throughout the summer. They can't, of course, guarantee you'll catch anything, but chances are high. For a trip with a difference, board the MS Atløy (www.atloy.no); this authentic 1930s fjord steamer makes for a fantastic group expedition.
Conquer one of Norway's most spectacular sights
The mountain peaks shadowing the Lysefjord offer some spectacular climbing, most famously to the Kjeragbolten, a hunk of rock jammed dramatically between sheer walls, high above the water. Steeper sections of the climb have guide chains, and moderate fitness levels are required. Set off from the Øygårdsstøl Kjerag Panoramic Restaurant.
Hit the flats with some cross-country skiing
Norway's latitude means that Stavanger is not short on snow, and the city makes a great base for skiers. Downhill action can be found two hours away at Tjørhomfjellet and Ålsheia (tel +47 5120 8180; http://sirdal-skisenter.no) but Norway is more devoted to cross-country pursuits. Brekko and Madland are two top choices less than an hour's drive away.
Paddle over the Lysefjord
Try kayaking up one of the country's most impressive and imposing fjords, the Lysefjord. Many adventurers like to make Flørli their base, where the Kjerag rock formations dwarf the glassy, wild waters below. Lysefjord Kajakk (tel +47 9773 7448; www.lysefjordkajakk.com) at Forsand runs highly popular trips. Advance reservations are essential.
Spend an evening with a celebrated classical orchestra
Situated beside the water, five minutes walk from the historical centre, Stavanger Concert Hall (tel +47 5153 7000; www.stavanger-konserthus.no) is a magnificently modern venue of international class. The grey granite and glass structure is home to the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, so book ahead for tickets to see their highly celebrated classical concerts in a suitably stunning location.