39 imagesStavanger was the place where Oil business started in Norway in 1969. As a result, oil is the backbone of the Stavanger economy. At the same time, Stavanger has also become a popular port of call for cruise ships, which are on their way to the Norwegian Fjords in the north. There are many outdoor activities in Stavanger and nearby. A popular hiking destination is, for example, Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) along Lysefjord. Preikestolen is a massive flat rock formation that has a straight drop to the surface of Lysefjord 604 meters below. Base jumpers have used Preikestolen for their adventurous hobby. Another base jump location is Kjeragbolten, with about 1000 meters straight drop. Alpine activities are also near for skiers and snowboarders. The Old Town (Gamle Stavanger) locates right next to the city center with 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses in Stavanger.