After a good night’s sleep, we headed to downtown Stavanger and do a quick tour of the city center.
Stavanger’s city center Braivatnet lake is home to ducks and swans and the walking path around it attracts lots of people, while the restaurants offer nice views.
Sea inlet called Vagen host a small harbor, West side being primarily industrial.
Typical white wooden facade houses rise above Vaden inlet.
One of the ships on the Easter side of the Vaden contrasted by some old buildings, including the beautiful Victoria Hotel.
Eastern side of the Vagen inlet, full of picturesque houses housing bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Beautiful Victoria Hotel in the old part of Stavanger next to the Vagen inlet.
We immediately fell in love with the old city center with its amusing little shops and bars…
…as well as colorful houses, which brightened the otherwise cloudy skies.
You couldn’t help but smile when you were reading slogans above the shops-
Street art also flourishes in these parts, but as you can see, the graffiti are Norwegian themed (we are in the land of the trolls afterall).
Lamp posts are nicely decorated with flower pots, giving the additional color to the already colorful streets.
Stavanger Cathedral – the oldest cathedral in Norway. It was finished around 1150 but has gone through quite some changes during the centuries.
Leaving the Stavanger behind us, we embarked on a journey over a diverse West coast towards Bergen.
And here we are, on the road again – inbound Bergen.
Almost every piece of meadow is used as a pasture, bordered by the road on one side and Atlantic Ocean on the other.
Every once in a while, the pastures are broken by small villages with a few houses and mandatory pier for their boats.
One cannot travel from Stavanger to Bergen without crossing the fjords and Ocean. Immediately after exiting Stavanger to the North you enter a tunnel which is at its deepest point 223m below the sea level!!
Slightly larger ferries connect the E39 Stavanger to Bergen road in two places.
Serene landscape of the West coast islands.
Beside ferries and tunnels, bridges play an important part of the road network as well.
Straight to Bergen or right to another ferry?
Ferry ride part 2. Bergen is close now.
There is quite a lot of shipping in the coastal waters, contrasted by hilly background of the fjords.
And finally, our destination – cottage in a camp just outside of Bergen.