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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.

Baker’s Paradise and Waffles

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Escape to Baker’s Paradise and savour the stunning scenery and delicious Norwegian waffles.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of Stavanger on a panoramic drive through the city, before leaving the hustle and bustle behind. Your first stop is at the towering Three Swords Monument, unveiled by King Olav in 1983 to commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 AD.

Then, you’ll head south passing picturesque lakes and farmland, until you reach the small settlement at Lauvvik. On the banks of the magnificent Lysefjord, is the delightful and idyllic Baker's Paradise. Originally a smallholding, comprising of a house and barn, the farm was taken over by the Bakers' Union in the 1920s and became their holiday place, hence the name!

Sit back and admire a fantastic view of the fjord and surrounding mountains whilst you savour freshly-made waffles served with sour cream, jam and coffee. Then enjoy some free time to admire this unique natural setting and browse the old house, which has been carefully restored. A small gift shop showcases local artisan products, including interior decor, local delicacies and fresh baked pastries. You may want to try your hand at some typical Norwegian activities such as; fishing from the pier or throwing horseshoes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of free time given to explore independently. The ground is uneven in parts with some inclines to negotiate.

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.

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

Leisurely Stavanger with Coffee Break

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

A hassle-free way to see the best of the city and countryside.

Sit back, relax and hear stories of the historic city and beautiful countryside on a panoramic journey through Stavanger and the surrounding areas.

Pass by the striking monument to the 872 battle of Hafrsfjord, where three 33-foot-tall bronze swords plunge into rocks on the coastline, and admire the 12th century Sola Church which overlooks picturesque Sola Bay.

As you approach Eiganes you’ll drive by pretty villas and past Ledaal Manor, the King’s Stavanger residence. Stop off at the popular waterside Hummeren hotel for coffee and a waffle, and then enjoy the scenic drive back to the city. Take a look at the medieval cathedral which overlooks the buzzing Market Square and catch a glimpse of the old town, where 18th century wooden houses illuminate the streets in various vibrant colours.

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 tunnels.

Lysefjord by RIB

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Experience an exhilarating RIB ride through the Lysefjord.

After a short walk from the pier, step aboard a high speed RIB, and embark on a thrilling adventure through the beautiful Lysefjord.

As your Captain speeds through what appears to be a never-ending fjord you’ll be treated to stunning scenery and magnificent rock formations. A highlight of your tour will be a wonderful view of the famous Pulpit Rock, a steep cliff rising 600 metres above the fjord.

An exciting and memorable way to experience the magnificent Lysefjord.

Essential information

This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions which may be affected by the fast, bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under the age of 8 may not participate. The RIB ride lasts approximately 1½ hours. Survival suits are provided and must be worn. Passengers should wear warm clothing and must be good swimmers. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

 

A selection of cruises to Stavanger

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