Stavanger is a city in southern Norway, known for its neighbouring features Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock – a place of natural beauty that seems easily reached according to tourism brochures. The reality is that Pulpit Rock is a fair distance along Lysefjord, emphasising why car hire in Stavanger is essential if you wish to see these features. Stavanger is central to the energy industry due to its enviable oil reserves, as reflected in institutions like the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The winding streets of Old Stavanger show a different side to the city, and the nearby monument Swords in Rock illustrates its deep historical roots. Again, the Swords are best accessed by hiring a car in Stavanger.