The city is located on a
peninsula on the southwest coast of Norway. It is the centre of the third
largest metropolitan area in the country. The climate is maritime mild
temperate (marine west coast - cfb) and rather windy, with all monthly
temperature averages above freezing, and precipitation 1200 mm/year. Summers
are pleasant and lowland areas in and around Stavanger have the longest
growing season in Norway (220 days).
The city is a combination of new and old. There is a significant foreign
influence with a nearby NATO base called JWC, as well as foreign oil
interests. Norway's oldest Cathedral, Stavanger domkirke, is situated right
in the city centre. Stavanger has several beautiful lakes, which are popular
recreation areas. Breiavatnet is located in the heart of Stavanger, while
Mosvatnet and Stokkavatnet are situated right outside.