Rogaland is a county located on the southwestern tip of Norway. Located in the heart of the astonishing Norwegian Fjords, the coastal region is characterised by picturesque fjords, beaches and islands, including the lovely island of Karmøy. Boknafjorden is Rogaland’s largest bay has many scenic fjords branching off it. Norway’s third largest city, Stavanger, is located in Rogaland.
The incredible landscape of Rogaland provides many opportunities for visitors to enjoy the outdoors. Hiking and walking holidays are popular due to the diverse and stunning landscape of Rogaland. Popular hiking areas include Kjerag, a mountain that overlooks Lysefjorden. The sheer rock face has also become popular with BASE jumpers and mountain climbers. Opposite the Kjerag plateau is Preikestolen, a large cliff that is one of Norway’s best tourist attractions. There are excellent hiking trials in the mountainous area around these two attractions.
There is no shortage of outdoor activities in Rogaland. Sports for those on an active holiday include mountain biking, fishing, horse riding, swimming and golf.
The adventurous travelers can go fjord rafting, or families can take a leisurely fjord cruise and see some of the best Rogaland landmarks. There are also stunning beaches such as The Jæren Beaches – an 11km stretch of beach that is also a conservation area.
For those wanting a taste of Rogaland culture there are dozens of museums, old churches and buildings such as The Utstein Monastery in Mosterøy, and ancient monuments such as the petroglyphs at Austre Åmøy.
Rogaland has numerous festivals throughout the year, the most popular of which is The Gladmat in July, which celebrates food and local culture. Other great festivals include Bestkystfestivalen, a juggling festival in August, and the International Chamber Music Festival in October.
The lively, colourful city of Stavanger is not to be missed for those renting holiday accommodation in Rogaland. Attractions in the city include the ancient Stavanger Cathedral, Ullandhaug tower and various museums. The best way to see Stavanger is to go on a City Ramble that begins at Breiavatnet Lake and ends at Old Stavanger. For evening entertainment you can watch a show at the Rogaland Theatre and finish off with a meal at one of the open-air dining restaurants.
The second largest town in Rogaland is Sandnes. Here you can walk around the large, lush Rogaland Arboretum, or visit the Sandnes Cultural Center where you can experience Rogaland culture from traditional dance and music to theatre performances and special events.
Anyone looking to enjoy a spectacular skiing holiday from a chalet in Rogaland could do a lot worse than to visit Hordaland, a real tourist favourite.
Rogaland has relatively warm weather when compared with the rest of Norway, as a result of the warm Gulf Stream. Temperatures remain around 15°C for most of the year. Winters are usually mild and wet with temperatures just above freezing. The best time to rent a holiday home or apartment in Rogaland is in April or May when the weather is sunny and dry.
Stavanger Airport (SGV) receives the bulk of the flights to Rogaland. Airlines that offer flights to Stavanger from various airports in the UK include Norwegian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Eastern Air and Wideroe. Flights take less than 2 hours from London. From the airport visitors can hire a car and drive to their rental accommodation in Rogaland.