Rogaland - The wonderland the world forgot

Rogaland, located in southwestern Norway, is also known as the oil capital of the country due to the high density of oil rigs in the North Sea and many major oil corporations.

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Bustling city Stavanger 

Stavanger is the largest city and capital of the county of Rogaland. The opposite dock is the ancient street Gamle Stan Stavanger. The old town Stavanger possesses the houses on the hills, which are painted in white. Built between the XVIII and XIX century, all the houses here are made of wood and painted in white. The houses here are still well preserved and are now being used by the local residents. In the spring, Gamle Stavanger appears to be bright as if the buildings here are built by the sunlight. In addition visitors can also see a large courtyard overlooking the bay. Now is the time for blooming cherry blossoms with the aroma spreading gently into the air. 

Fjord Lysefjord 

After leaving the white city of Stavanger, I continued my journey to the famous Lysefjord fiord, one of Rogaland's most traveled attractions. The unique feature of the west coast of Norway is the numerous islands and especially the fjords, which are the corollary of the erosion of permanent ice sheets. As these ice sheets melted and slid down the mountainside, they moved at a very rapid speed and combined with enormous masses that "eroded" mountain slopes, creating gaps among the slopes which is lower than sea level. 

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The Kjeragbolten boulder Rock is only for those who are suffering cardiovascular diseases. 

Old Village Sogndalstrand 

Situated at the southernmost tip of Rogaland, on the gateway of a large lagoon that connects to the North Sea, Sogndalstrand is famous for its wooden houses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The most striking feature of Sogndalstrand is the hotel chain Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell with 10 different guest houses scattered throughout the town. All these houses were built in the early nineteenth century and originally houses of fishermen in the locality or from the nearby Reeffjord Bay. 

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In the 1990s, when Sogndalstrand became a popular holiday destination for Norwegians, these old houses began to be restructured and re-decorated as hotels and cafes. 

Old timber houses beneath the huge rock Helleren 

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Helleren is a large cliff overhanging two houses at the end of the Jøssingfjord, on the southwestern coast of Norway. They were built in the early 19th century and abandoned in the 1920s shortly after the first road was opened. The houses are preserved as they once were, as houses for poor families subsiding on a combination of farming, sheep herding and fishing. 

By: Christina Baker

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