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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.

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.

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

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.

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.


A selection of cruises to Stavanger

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