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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.

A Taste of Stavanger

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Take a walk on the culinary side of Stavanger – rightly hailed as the gastronomic capital of Norway.

Tuck in to the town’s longstanding food traditions on a mouth-watering walking tour through the heart of this lovely centre. With your knowledgeable guide, you’ll be able to discover what makes Stavanger’s tummies rumble!

Starting off in the Old town, you’ll visit the Canning Museum, an industry that was perhaps even more important to the town in former days than the petroleum industry is today. During your guided visit, you’ll see production rooms and offices dating back to 1880. Take part in a tasting of canned sprat (Norwegian Brisling) and salmon, before proceeding on foot to the market square at the head of the harbour bay.

Pause to capture photos of the Cathedral, before continuing to the Maritime Museum, which depicts the maritime history of the district over the last 200 years. The museum is also home to 2 yachts; ‘Anna of Sand’ and the Colin Archer-pleasure boat ‘Wyvern’. You’ll have the opportunity to taste dried mutton, herring, and lefse (Norwegian flat bread), accompanied by tea and coffee.

Essential information

This tour is conducted entirely on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of walking, as well as some steps to negotiate. Flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

Leisurely Stavanger

Activity low

Duration: 2 hours

A leisurely introduction to Stavanger, offering an insight into the history and scenery of the town and its surroundings.

Stavanger and the surrounding areas have for centuries played a leading part in Norway's development. As you approach Hafrsfjord you’ll hear how King Harald Haarfagre defeated the regional princes here in 872, thus founding the Kingdom of Norway. Nearby at Møllebukta you’ll pass the monument of 3 giant swords which commemorate this battle and symbolise the fight is over.

Your leisurely drive will continue along the coast of south west Norway, where you’ll pass the attractive 12th century Church of Sola, as it sits on the hill overlooking Sola Bay. Hear about life in Stavanger as you pass the long sandy coastal stretches of Jæren and travel by fertile farmland. As you approach Eiganes, you’ll travel down the narrow road with its pretty villas and past Ledaal Manor, once the home of the writer Alexander Kielland and today the King’s residence when he visits Stavanger.

Back in Stavanger, you’ll see the impressive medieval Cathedral, and the characteristic, colourful facades of the buildings which overlook the harbour. En route back to the ship, you’ll pass ‘Old Stavanger’, for a glimpse of its charming, picturesque, wooden houses which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. This area is considered unique and the city's most important rehabilitation project.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of the coach. The itinerary may operate in reverse. The tour will involve some long tunnels.

Leisurely Stavanger

Activity low

Duration: 2 hours

A leisurely introduction to Stavanger, offering an insight into the history and scenery of the town and its surroundings.

Stavanger and the surrounding areas have for centuries played a leading part in Norway's development. As you approach Hafrsfjord you’ll hear how King Harald Haarfagre defeated the regional princes here in 872, thus founding the Kingdom of Norway. Nearby at Møllebukta you’ll pass the monument of 3 giant swords which commemorates this battle and symbolises the fight is over.

Your leisurely drive will continue along the south west coast, where you’ll pass the attractive 12th century Church of Sola, as it sits on the hill overlooking Sola Bay. Hear about life in Stavanger as you pass the long coastal stretches and farmland. As you approach Eiganes, you’ll travel down the narrow road with its pretty villas and past Ledaal Manor, once the home of the writer Alexander Kielland and today the King’s residence when he visits Stavanger.

Back in Stavanger, you’ll see the impressive medieval Cathedral, and the characteristic, colourful facades of the buildings which overlook the harbour. En route back to the ship, you’ll drive near ‘Old Stavanger’, for a glimpse of its charming, picturesque, wooden houses which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. This area is considered unique and the city's most important rehabilitation project.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of the coach. The tour will involve some long tunnels.

Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the scenic Lysefjord and see the famous ‘Pulpit Rock’ jutting out from the rocky terrain above.

Lysefjord, Norway’s most southern major fjord, stretches 25 miles and was formed more than 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. Experience a leisurely cruise along the scenic Lysefjord, as you pass steep mountains with their cascading waterfalls and the occasional dwelling clinging to its rocky terrain.

There will be a limited commentary providing information about the various points of interest including Preikestolen, better known as the Pulpit Rock. The ‘Pulpit Rock’ is a famous natural rock formation which protrudes vertically from the mountainside. On a clear day, you will be able to see the rock with its flat plateau proudly jutting out above you.

During the tour, a stop will be made for refreshments of tea or coffee and freshly-made waffles.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. There is a 100 yard walk over flat terrain to access the boats. Various sized boats will be used for this excursion. There are 2 flights of stairs between the decks on the boat. Whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). A warm, windproof jacket is recommended. The Pulpit Rock is situated approximately 1,968 feet above sea level and therefore appears smaller when viewed from below. Pre-reservation of this tour is highly recommended due to limited availability.

Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the scenic Lysefjord and see the famous ‘Pulpit Rock’ jutting out from the rocky terrain above.

Lysefjord, Norway’s most southern major fjord, stretches 25 miles and was formed more than 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. Experience a relaxing cruise along the scenic Lysefjord, as you pass steep mountains with their frozen waterfalls and the occasional dwelling clinging to its rocky terrain. There will be a limited commentary providing information about the various points of interest including Preikestolen, better known as the ‘Pulpit Rock’. The ‘Pulpit Rock’ is a famous natural rock formation which protrudes vertically from the mountainside. On a clear day, you will be able to see the rock with its flat plateau proudly jutting out above you.

During the tour, a stop will be made for refreshments of tea or coffee and freshly-made waffles.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. There is a 100 yard walk over flat terrain to access the boats. Various sized boats will be used for this excursion. There are 2 flights of stairs between the decks on the boats. Whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). A warm, windproof jacket is recommended. There are steps leading to the refreshment stop. The Pulpit Rock is situated approximately 1,968 feet above sea level and therefore appears smaller when viewed from below.

 

A selection of cruises to Stavanger

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