A taste of Stavanger

I was recently on a fly-by visit to Stavanger, on the south-west Norwegian coast. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do much sightseeing, but I managed to see a little bit of the old city, and I most definitely made time to eat!

Norway seafoodThe old city is a quaint place with cobbled streets and wooden houses. It certainly gives you a feel for what Stavanger must have been like back in the days. The area is seriously remote, and before the discovery of oil made it flourish it was a poor community that made do with what the sea could give.

Stavanger

StavangerAll around the city, there is water. Just take a look at this snapshot to get an idea. When the weather is nice, it is gorgeous. When the icy winds bring rain from the North Sea, not quite so inviting…

Stavanger mapBut the location with both fjords and the North Sea right on the doorstep makes for a seafood-lover’s paradise! I feasted on prawns and crab straight off the boat. Seriously, the boats come right into town and people buy from the quayside! It does not get fresher than this. The prawns are cooked in salted water as soon as they are pulled out of the ocean, and ready to tuck into as they are. In fact, you shouldn’t really add anything else than some lemon and mayo and eat them of a piece of toast.

Stavanger seafood

Stavanger seafood

Stavanger seafood

Norway seafood

Norway prawnsThere is also an astounding variety of other shellfish and, of course, fish available. I browsed the fish market and can safely say that I only recognised a fraction of what was available. Apparently, there is even whale meat…

Norway seafood

Norway seafood

Norway seafood

I will most definitely return for more seafood in Stavanger, to do some of the amazing hikes in the area, and to explore the West Coast more. It is a stunningly beautiful area, and it also has a very rich history in its Viking ancestry. Can’t wait to go back

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Norway seafood

Norway seafood

Norway seafood

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