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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day 2 - Kristiansand to Stavanger

Day 2, Sunday April 19th
Drive from Kristiansand to our hotel in Stavanger – Thon Maritim Hotel.  This hotel was 1600 NOKs ~$235 per night (exchange rate in 2009)

Address:  Kongsgaten 32 4005 Stavanger                                                                                          
Tlf: +47 51 85 05 00

233 km/3h39

E39 Bomstasjon:  25.00 NOK
Figgio:  13.00 NOK
Bomstasjoner:  13.00 NOK

There were several different ways to get to Stavanger from Kristiansand.  One is the more "scenic" route which is turning off of the E39 towards Egersund and taking the coastal route up to Stavanger.

An alternative though would be to head to Frafjord before arriving in Stavanger.  This is the opposite direction from Egersund.   Here is the Månafossen Falls which is Norway’s ninth tallest free fall waterfall.  From the parking area you proceed on foot along the southeast bank of the river.  The path up to Månafossen is steep and rugged in places.  The steepest spots have steps and chains that you can hold on to as you climb.

We did a combination of both.  We drove along the coast to Hå and saw the lighthouse there.  The center at the lighthouse did not open until noon and we didn't want to wait (we were there around 11) so we headed back inland to Månafossen Falls which was BEAUTIFUL.  You have to climb to get there though! The views were nice along the coast of Norway but I REALLY loved the views we saw inland too.  Just spectacular.  You have to climb though to get there.

Here is a look at the waterfall.

There are chains that you can use (if you are old like us!) and need help to get up to the waterfall.

Here is the link that includes all of our pictures along the drive and at the waterfall: 
Also, on the way to Månafossen Falls we passed an outlet store for Gjestal.  They had Norwegian sweaters for as cheap as 200 NOKs.  Those had “Stavanger” on it and said 2008 but they were still great sweaters.  They had all sorts of things there and even better, they served a cheap lunch and had bathrooms!  :)

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