At Stavanger, avoid the hostel. It is located on the grounds of a large, fine hospital -- all the families stay there all the time. No room for tourists, most days, we were told. Get a recommendation elsewhere, and head for the Viste Strandhotell on the beach. Excellent. We needed that. We were late arriving, did not spend much time in Stavanger. On to Kristiansand.
Note the skerry, little rock island offshore: Think back to the skerry at Bukkoy where sorcerers were chained so they could not cast a spell on the king. Is that so?