There will come day when we will venture into the vastness of space: when we will have multiple human colonies scattered throughout the milky way, in which we'll get to see many different moons and many different suns, when both risk and reward that come from travel will increase exponentially, and so will our burning desire to explore. But until then, the most we can do is show you here, on earth, new places to see, new places to go.
We're going ancient. Stavanger has seen settlements since around 10,000 years ago, when the ice retreated after the last ice age, so yeah... pretty ancient. The Stavanger Cathedral was built between 1100 and 1150. It has seen some changes since, of course, specially after it was ravaged by a fire back in 1272.
Another thing worth noting is the Sverd i fjell (Swords on Rock) monument which consists, unsurprisingly, of swords on a rock, particularly three of them, iron cast, standing 33 ft tall. They commemorate the historic Battle of Hafrsfjord, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown. The bigest sword represents King Harald Fairhair and the other two represent those he bested.
Though most outdoor activities don't take place in Stavanger itself, you can visit Lysefjord (16 miles east) where you'll find Preikestolen, a steep cliff that's 1982 feet high with a flat top of about 82x82 ft.
And the Kjeragbolten, a rock wedged in the cliff approximately 1000 meters above the fjord.
That's dope. Looking at big things and feeling small, those are guaranteed good times.
There is absolutely nothing else to do in Lysefjord, so stay in Stavanger. There are museums and a stadium and all those things that come from having had an oil boom (including a petroleum museum).
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