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STILL no good news about the Newcastle - Stavanger - Bergen ferry

22 February 2015 Since August 2008 there has been no ferry service between the UK and Norway and nothing expected before 2016. And now there is one less alternative

Best snow conditions in Sirdal for many years

4 March 2014 Sirdal has excellent snow conditions this winter

End of the Bergen - Stavanger fast boat service

2 January 2014 On 30 December 2013 the fast boat service - Flaggruten - between Bergen and Stavanger closed down

Still no good news about the Newcastle - Stavanger - Bergen ferry

16 December 2013 Since August 2008 there has been no ferry service between the UK and Norway, and although there have been a lot of rumours this year there is no happy ending yet - nothing in 2014 so far

Tjørhomfjellet Sirdal Alpint skisenter opens this weekend

23 November 2010 Winter has come to Sirdal and with snow cannons running day and night they intend to open the Huldreheimen family-friendly side this weekend - 27 November

No news is bad news for the Newcastle - Stavanger - Bergen ferry

12 November 2010 Since August 2008 there has been no ferry service between the UK and Norway, and there is no obvious progress so there will probably be nothing in 2011 either

Magic carpet skiing for beginners at Aalsheia

23 March 2010 Ålsheia Alpint is well known as the largest skisenter in Sirdal, and mainly for intermediate and advanced skiers, but this year they have a new "magic carpet" conveyer belt lift for beginners close to the cafe

Jumps rails and off-piste powder snow at Tjørhomfjellet

9 March 2010 Tjørhomfjellet Sirdal Alpint skisenter in Sirdal near Stavanger has been working hard this season and there are lots of jumps, rails and other instruments of torture to keep you entertained on the slopes

Fantastic cold winter weather in Norway

26 January 2010 Snow arrived before Christmas and is still here. The ice is very thick on the lakes and thousands of people have been out skating

Update on the UK - Norway ferry situation

23 January 2010 The ferry service from Newcastle England to Stavanger Haugesund and Bergen in Norway stopped in 2008 and will not restart before 2011 at the earliest

Stavanger 2008 capital of culture

16 July 2008 The Stavanger region was the (non-EU) European Capital of Culture this year, and there is lots to see and do.

Top 10 for cruise ship visitors to Stavanger

26 May 2008 There will be 90 cruise ships coming to Stavanger in the summer of 2008

Stavanger millenium square finished at last

18 May 2008 After 2 years of disruption and building work, the Millenium square area - or tusenårsplass - is finished

Pulpit Rock open - Kjerag still sleeping

16 April 2008 Pulpit Rock (Prekestolen) is now snow-free, but Kjerag is still slumbering in a snow field

Ålsheia and Tjørhomfjellet ski centres ski-able as one from today!

27 January 2008 It has been a big day for Sirdal Fjellheiser, with the new slopes and lift that joins the two skisenters opening this afternoon - and with lots of fresh snow and blue skies as well.

Stavanger 2008 European Capital of Culture opening ceremonies

12 January 2008 At last the celebrations have begun for the Stavanger region of Norway being the (non-EU) European Capital of Culture.

2007 a good year for Stavanger Travel

4 January 2008 200% growth in 2007 means our tens of thousands of visitors a month are finding what they need, but we will be trying harder in 2008!

Sirdal Fjellheiser - Aalsheia skisenter opening this weekend

11 December 2007 It has been cold and sunny recently, which means snow production in Sirdal, and part of Sirdal Fjellheiser skiing at Aalsheia will be opening from this weekend

Christmas events and traditions in Norway

10 December 2007 There are many Christmas events, traditions, and markets in Norway. Here is a flavour of some of them.

Norwegian Christmas beer

30 November 2007 Have you tried Norwegian Christmas beer? It is quite different to the pils and lager that is the usual beer here.

Queen Sonja celebrates her birthday in Stavanger

4 July 2007 Today is the 70th birthday of Queen Sonja of Norway, and she has been celebrating in and around Stavanger with her family and thousands of well-wishers.

Free lunchtime concerts in July

1 July 2007 Throughout July there are free lunchtime concerts in the foyer of Stavanger Konserthus in Bjergsted park

New airline coming to Stavanger

30 June 2007 Eastern Airways - the regional UK airline - is to begin flights between Aberdeen and Stavanger from Monday 13 August

Our first newsletter is published

12 June 2007 With information on coming events, new tours and more, our newsletter is ready

Newcastle - Bergen ferry changes again

30 May 2007 Today DFDS Seaways switched two of its ferries around and from now on the "Queen of Scandinavia" will operate between Newcastle and Stavanger - Haugesund - Bergen in Norway. "Princess of Norway" will operate between Newcastle and Ijmuiden Holland.

Pulpit Rock more popular than ever

2 May 2007 The hike to Pulpit Rock near Stavanger - with views over Lysefjord - is open and already busy. Read our detailed description of the walk

Cruise ship summer begins in Stavanger

30 April 2007 First cruise ship in was "Van Gogh" yesterday, and "Navigator of the Seas" - one of the biggest cruise ships in the world - has been here today

Hovden skisenter end of season party weekend

23 April 2007 A great end of season party in Hovden on Saturday, with ski racing and freestyle jumping in the park area. With recent good snow, the season will be extended to next weekend!

Røldal Freeride Challenge 2007

22 April 2007 The extreme skiing competition in Røldal had fantastic weather on Saturday and a great party atmosphere

Great snow conditions for Easter 2007

26 March 2007 The snow conditions in the mountains are very good, with some resorts having the best snow for years. Fantastic weather too - let's hope it lasts for Easter.

New flights for Stavanger - ideal for a weekend break here

8 March 2007 Stavanger is getting 4 new air routes this spring, to and from Berlin, Paris, Prague and Riga - and more flights to Bergen, Oslo and Amsterdam

New Kristiansand - London Stansted route for Norwegian

2 November 2006 Norwegian started their new flight to London Stansted today, and they will also keep the Manchester Bergen service through the winter

Good news and bad news about UK to Norway ferries

30 October 2006 Fjordline has dropped their Newcastle - Norway ferry route (again); DFDS are dropping one route but taking over and developing the Newcastle Stavanger Bergen route

Downhill biking in Sirdal this weekend - for free

21 September 2006 If you are an experienced downhill mountain biker, you may want to try out the chairlift and run down at Tjørhomfjellet

Last cruise ship of summer

12 September 2006

The last cruise ship left tonight, but our summer continues

VAT on hotel rooms in Norway

1 September 2006 VAT - Value Added Tax - or MVA, is 8% from today

Hydrogen cars at ONS 2006

30 August 2006 There were hydrogen cars at ONS 2006 - will we all be buying one soon?

Special highlights of ONS 2006

29 August 2006 Some of the highlights of ONS - the stands and companies that made it really worthwhile

ONS 2006 main review

28 August 2006 ONS 2006 is over - back in 2008

No hotel rooms in Stavanger 21 - 25 August because of ONS

8 August 2006 ONS (or Offshore Northern Seas) is so popular that there are no rooms available in the region during this period

We are expanding our Stavanger restaurants guide

7 August 2006 Our guide to restaurants in the Stavanger area is getting very popular, and we're now expanding the service.

Summer 2006 is great so far

4 August 2006 Warm, sunny, festivals, beaches, cruise ships, lots to do. We're having a great time - where are you?

Gladmat Food Festival maturing nicely

2 August 2006 Last week was the Gladmat food festival in Stavanger and it was a great success - as usual.

Expanded section on special events and festivals

23 April 2006 - We now have a section on the special events and festivals in south west Norway, which you can browse by area or by month

First pages in Norwegian published

27 February 2006 - look for the Norwegian flag on some pages, which is the link to the Norwegian version.

The first chairlift in Sirdal is ready, at Tjorhomfjellet

11 January 2006 - Sirdal Alpint has completed the next stage of their development, with a 4 seat express chairlift taking more skiers higher up the mountain.

14 more trips out published

5 December 2005 - new trips around the region, including skiing and culture in Buskerud - and an update to information on arriving in Norway

Rainbow hotels become Thon hotels

10 October 2005 - today all Rainbow hotels have changed their name.

Farewell to M.S. Jupiter

27 September 2005 - The ferry that has operated the Newcastle - Stavanger - Haugesund - Bergen route for the last 11 years has gone

Stavanger 2008 part 5 - thinking big:

6 September 2005. In the last suggestion, we wonder about the chances of having the Hurtigruta boats come south to Stavanger, instead of turning round at Bergen.


Stavanger 2008 part 4:

5 September 2005. In part 4, we suggest linking more of our best attractions by boat


Stavanger 2008 part 3:

2 September 2005. Launch a Stavanger card


Stavanger 2008 part 2:

1 September 2005 - themed weekends at some of the wonderful locations around the area.


Stavanger 2008 part 1:

31 August 2005The first of a series of suggestions we have for the Stavanger region when it becomes the (non-EU) European Capital of Culture in 2008 - a "merry-go-round" boat service.


16 more trips published:

30 August 2005. We have many new trips out in the pipeline - today 16 more have been published. Let us know if there are trips you particularly want to see on the site.


Public site launch of Stavanger Travel

26 May 2005 .After an extensive testing period, the site is now available to the public

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