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About Stavanger

The gateway to Norways spectacularly scenic fjordland, Stavanger is also a town with its own rich heritage as it is regarded as the 'Cradle of the Vikings'. Your ship will dock right next to Gamle Stavanger, the old quarter, with its collection of 200-year-old white wooden houses (considered national heritage monuments in their own right), 12th century cathedral modelled on Winchester Cathedral, markets, craft stores and art galleries.

Look out, too, for the Three Swords monument in the Hafrsfjord rock recalling the Viking sea battle won by King Harald the Fairhair to create Norway as one kingdom back in the 9th century. This is on the way to a recreation of an Iron Age Farm at Jernaldergarden. The other major landmark is a short boat trip away through the delightful Stavanger archipelago to the 2,000ft high Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen).

 

Please note snow based shore excursions are not available on autumn cruises.

 

Shore excursions in Stavanger

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Cycle Stavanger

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Get active and take in a blend of sights in the city and the country.

Get to know the cutting-edge urban culture of Stavanger as well as the peaceful countryside that surrounds it on an invigorating bike ride. Cruise along the quiet cycle path that skirts sparkling Mosvannet lake and stop at the famous Three Swords monument. Admire the 33-foot-high bronze swords which plunge into rocks on the coastline as your guide reveals the story of the battle of Hafrsfjord and its role in uniting Norway.

Ride one of the country’s best loved trails – the North Sea Cycling Route – and soak up the sights on the 33km coastal stretch between two picturesque harbours. Admire beautiful beaches, rocky headlands and towering mountains.

Back in the city, get to know Stavanger’s street art neighbourhood. The city is known around the world as a hotspot for this urban artform and your guide will take you to hidden corners to marvel at some of the best ‘walls’ and ‘pieces’.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bike and on foot. Guests must be in good physical condition and have previous experience riding a bike. Pregnant women and children under the age of 12 may not participate. Cycle helmets are provided which must be worn. Please wear comfortable footwear and clothing suitable for bike riding. You are recommended to bring bottled water, sunglasses and a windproof jacket.

Cycle Stavanger

Dalsnuten Mountain Hike

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Experience a great ‘workout’ and spectacular mountaintop views.

Lace up your walking boots and partake in the beloved Norwegian pastime of mountain hiking.

You’ll soon find out why families from the Stavanger region love to climb the Dalsnuten mountain. Set off along a farm road passing picturesque ponds, forest, then begin the hike up towards the mountaintop.

If the final climb doesn’t take your breath away, the awe-inspiring views from Dalsnuten’s summit surely will. Over 1,000 feet up, marvel at the panoramic vistas of the glistening fjord, the sweeping expanse of Jæren and the North Sea beyond.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of extensive walking on this tour over uneven and steep terrain, which can be slippery when wet. Participants must be in good physical condition and suitable footwear should be worn. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. The journey time to the beginning of the hike is approximately 30 minutes each way.

Deep Sea Fishing Experience

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

The ultimate fishing experience in a spellbinding location.

Join an exclusively small group for the definitive Norwegian deep-sea fishing experience.

Step aboard the MS RAPP – a rare, traditional 50-foot vessel built in 1913 and since modernised. Your Captain has been fishing all his life and today, he’ll use all that wisdom to take you to the best spots for bites around the islands off Stavanger.

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque place to throw in your line. Sit back and admire the stunning views of craggy mountains rising from the glassy waters and see if the fish are nibbling. You can hope to catch cod, ling, haddock, whiting, Pollock, mackerel and more in water depths ranging from 40 – 80 metres.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. This tour is not recommended for those who suffer from motion sickness or lower back issues. Pregnant women and children may not participate. Flat, non-slip, closed toe shoes are required. This tour is suitable for beginners as well as experienced anglers. Please note that catches are not guaranteed and are dependent on the time of year and local conditions on the day. This tour is dependent on weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. Numbers are limited; early booking is recommended. There is up to a 10 minute walk to reach the boat.

Deep Sea Fishing Experience

Hike to Månafossen Waterfall

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Experience incredible views of a natural wonder.

Immerse yourself in spellbinding countryside and stretch your legs on this active experience in Norway’s great outdoors.

Relax on the scenic journey to Rogaland County, then lace up your walking boots and set off for an enchanting hike. Your reward for climbing the 820-foot mountainside trail is a spectacular view over Månafossen, AKA the Moon Waterfall. Watch in awe as the rushing waters leap out from the rocks and thunder over 300 feet into the river below. On a sunny day, the moisture in the air might create a rainbow for the perfect photo opportunity.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of extensive walking on this tour over uneven and steep terrain, which can be slippery when wet. Participants must be in good physical condition and suitable footwear should be worn. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. The journey time to the beginning of the hike is approximately 1½ hours each way.

Hike to Månafossen Waterfall

Icelandic Horse Ride in the Forest

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

Fancy an Icelandic horse ride in a Norwegian forest?

It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert equestrian or a first-time rider, you’re in safe hands at the Icelandic Horse Farm. The professional instructors here will help you get used to handling your steed in the riding hall before you head out into the forest.

Depending on the ability of your small group, you’ll traverse various types of terrain as you’re guided through the idyllic, emerald landscape. On the long gravel paths that cut through the woods you’ll have the chance to experience the famous, innate tölt gait of the Icelandic horse, which is said to be so smooth you can drink a pint while riding at speeds of 20mph (although we don’t recommend trying it!).

Enjoy spending time in the peaceful wilderness and pose for photos with your horse to round off your experience.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, horseback and on foot. There is a weight restriction of 15 stone on this tour. Riding helmets are provided and must be worn. No riding experience is necessary, however guests are required to provide the onboard Shore Experiences Manager with details of weight, riding ability and experience. Comfortable clothing, long trousers, a windproof jacket and secure closed toe, flat shoes are recommended. Children under the age of 10, guests with back or neck conditions and pregnant women are not permitted to participate.

Icelandic Horse Ride in the Forest
 

A selection of cruises to Stavanger

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