Stavanger is a coastal city located on the Stavanger Peninsula in southwest Norway. The country’s third largest metro area and its ‘Oil Capital’, Stavanger features a scenic coastal landscape, and includes five lakes and three fjords. The historic Old Town features colorful wooden houses. The best running in Stavanger showcases the area’s waterfront and lakes.
A great way to see Stavanger is to start with our ‘runseeing‘ tour, which includes waterfront paths, Old Town, and Byparken. This can be combined with our route along the eastern waterfront, including a jaunt over City Bridge. We also recommend loops around Mosvatnet Lake & Stokkavannet Lake, both of which have nice park add-ons. In southeastern Stavanger, there’s a nice waterfront run from Lervigbrygga Beach to Strømvik. It’s worth the quick drive over to Hundvåg for two nice waterfront routes, which can be combined. For trail running, enjoy the 8 km of paths in Sørmarka — Stavanger’s largest green space. There’s a running track at Stavanger Stadion.
Runners should note that Stavanger’s climate is moderated by the water, and can also be quite cloudy and rainy. Also note that many paths are lit to accommodate the short winter days.