Stavanger, Norway

Introduction to Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger is a vibrant and exciting city which oozes charm. The old town, Gamle Stavanger, has narrow winding streets and ancient wooden house gathered round the market. The Lysefjord offers breathtaking fjord scenery.

Behind the bustle of the prosperous and cosmopolitan Stavanger of today lie 1,000 years of ancient seafaring tradition and history. Awarded the prestigious title of ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2008, this provincial seaport is now a vibrant, exciting and wealthy city that’s often referred to as the ‘Oil Capital of Norway’. 

Yet despite all the wealth, Stavanger is as charming as ever. The old town, Gamle Stavanger, has narrow winding streets and ancient wooden houses gathered round the market where fresh fish and vegetables have been sold for over a thousand years. Bars, restaurants, cafes, and art galleries abound, along with intriguing museums.

The Oil Museum has drilling equipment, a model oil platform, submersibles and audio-visual shows, while the Canning Museum celebrates one of Stavanger’s earlier sources of wealth as a centre of the herring-canning industry. Just outside the town is the Three Swords monument commemorating the battle of Hafrsfjord in the late 9th century when Harald Hårfagre became Norway’s first king.

Stavanger is also perfectly placed for tours to the Lysefjord, one of the most famous and beautiful Norwegian Fjords. The beautiful fjord is where Kjerag Mountain and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) – two of the country's most popular attractions – are found. 

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Preikestolen, Norway

BOAT TRIP TO LYSEFJORD (TOUR B)

Must do tour
  • The beautiful Lysefjord is just a boat ride from Stavanger
  • Marvel at the ‘Preikestolen’ or Pulpit Rock that towers above you
Boat Tour
Price£110.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Board a boat which will take you on a tour of the Stavanger archipelago and the splendid Lysefjord which cuts 42 kilometres (26 miles) deep into the country and only here and there is there room for a small farm.

On the southern side of the fjord is Helleren – an overhanging cliff that, in former days, gave shelter to the people who fished and hunted in this area. Today it is a popular picnic site, seating 180 people, all of whom are sheltered from the weather. If your fjord boat is able to get into the harbour, you will have a tea and coffee break here, accompanied by freshly made waffles. Alternatively, you will enjoy refreshments at the Lysefjord Centre.

On the northern side of the fjord is one of Norway’s spectacular wonders, ‘Preikestolen’ or Pulpit Rock - nearly 548 metres (1797 feet) above sea level, and you will cruise below. While travelling on this beautiful fjord, it is an interesting thought to bear in mind that in many places the water around you is as deep as the mountains are high. Cruising back to Stavanger, you get a lovely view of the city.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that whilst you may cruise the Lysefjord on your ship, this tour is for those guests that wish to experience the fjord from a different perspective; on a smaller vessel. Guests will have to walk to and from the boat, although it will be docked as close to the ship as possible, and there will be some walking at the refreshment area. Participants must also be agile enough to get on and off the boat unaided. There is a step but a ramp is provided, and wheelchairs can access the lower, enclosed deck. There are a limited number of seats on the outside boat deck, which is reached by ten steps. Guests are advised to bring a jacket as it can be cold travelling along the water. During the boat trip the commentary may possibly be audible inside only. There may not be seats for everyone at the refreshment stop.


Lysefjord, Norway

BOAT TRIP TO LYSEFJORD

  • The beautiful Lysefjord is just a boat ride from Stavanger
  • Marvel at the ‘Preikestolen’ or Pulpit Rock that towers above you
  • Admire the steep mountainsides, polished by glaciers and waterfalls
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£50.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Board a boat which will take you on a tour of the Stavanger archipelago and the splendid Lysefjord which cuts 42 kilometres deep into the country and only here and there is there room for a small farm.

On the southern side of the fjord is Helleren – an overhanging cliff that, in former days, gave shelter to the people who fished and hunted in this area. Today it is a popular picnic site, seating 180 people, all of whom are sheltered from the weather.

On the northern side of the fjord is one of Norway’s spectacular wonders, ‘Preikestolen’ or Pulpit Rock - nearly 548 metres above sea level, and you will cruise below. While travelling on this beautiful fjord, it is an interesting thought to bear in mind that in many places the water around you is as deep as the mountains are high. Cruising back to Stavanger, you get a lovely view of the city. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour will have some walking to and from the boat, although it will be as close to the ship as possible. Participants must also be agile enough to get on and off the boat. There is a step but a ramp is provided, and wheelchairs can access the lower, enclosed deck. There are a limited number of seats on the outside boat deck, which is reached by ten steps. Guests are advised to bring a jacket as it can be cold travelling along the water. It should be noted that your ship may cruise part of the Lysefjord – this tour will give you a different perspective from a smaller boat, and also includes a live commentary by your guide and refreshments. During the boat trip the commentary may possibly be audible inside only.

 


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BOAT TRIP TO LYSEFJORD (TOUR BW)

  • The beautiful Lysefjord is just a boat ride from Stavanger
  • Glimpse one of Norway’s spectacular wonders - Pulpit Rock
  • Admire the steep mountainsides polished by glaciers and waterfalls
Boat Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Embark on a boat trip which will take you on a tour of the Stavanger archipelago and the splendid Lysefjord.

The scenery is always stunning and at this time of year it is even more special. Cruise the deep waters below towering cliffs, and be bewitched by the breathtaking views. A stop is made at Oanes, where the Lysefjord and Høgsfjord meet, and you will enjoy the panorama as you have a tea and coffee break, accompanied by freshly made waffles.

On the northern side of the fjord is one of Norway’s natural wonders, ‘Preikestolen’ or Pulpit Rock - nearly 548 metres above sea level, and you will cruise below. While travelling on this beautiful fjord, it is an interesting thought to bear in mind that in many places the water around you is as deep as the mountains are high. Cruising back to Stavanger, you get a lovely view of the city.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour will have some walking to and from the boat, although it will be as close to the ship as possible, as well as some walking and a couple of steps at the refreshment area (a ramp is available). Participants must also be agile enough to get on and off the boat - there is a step but a ramp is provided, and wheelchairs can access the lower, enclosed deck. There are a limited number of seats on the outside boat deck, which is reached by ten steps. Please bear in mind that the ground may be icy or snowy, and please dress warmly - layers are best. It should be noted that your ship may cruise part of the Lysefjord – this tour will give you a different perspective from a smaller boat, and also includes a live commentary by your guide and refreshments. During the boat trip the commentary may possibly be audible inside only.


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FLOR & FJAERE (TOUR V)

  • Take the opportunity to explore the unique Flor & Fjære Gardens
  • Head out into the fjords to a little island full of flora and fauna
  • Learn about the different garden areas from your knowledgeable guide
Boat Tour Gardening Tour
Price£105.00 - £115.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Flor & Fjære is a unique combination of gardens, and the owners are very proud of the fact that Queen Sonja of Norway celebrated her 70th birthday here.

It all started in 1965, when Åsmund and Else Marie Bryn bought the farmstead Mangela on the northern tip of Sør-Hidle and built themselves a summer cottage. Due to ill health, Åsmund was forced to move there in 1987 for the fresh air and peace and quiet. Pine trees were planted as a wind break and designing a small garden became his rehabilitation. Flor & Fjære soon became a project, and in 1995 Olav, Åsmund’s son, and his wife Siri opened the garden and restaurant. The third generation of the family is now being trained to take over, and the family still have new plans for the gardens.

Your tour will start with an approximate 20 minute boat journey to reach Flor & Fjære. Upon arrival you will have a guided tour. Walk through the Palm Tree Garden, Cypress Garden, Jungle, Bonsai Garden and Floral Garden. After your guide has given lots of information on the plants, you will stop for a cup of tea or coffee. You then have some time at leisure to explore at your own pace, before the return boat journey back to your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? You will be at Flor & Fjære for approximately two hours. A certain pace will be required in order to keep up with your guide during the guided tour. The amount of walking undertaken during the free time is at your own discretion. You may also have a short walk to reach the boat on the quayside. The terrain is mainly flat and paved - participants are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. We cannot guarantee which flowers will be in bloom for your visit.

 


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FROM OIL TO OIL

  • See the juxtaposition of old and new within Stavanger
  • Visit the Canning Museum – the only one of its kind In the world
  • Learn about the impact on the city of the oil industry
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Gifts from the sea have always saved Stavanger from financial crises and hardship. In the past it was the fishing industry and today it is oil and gas Stavanger earns most from, and with this city walk, you will discover both.

You will visit a preserved canning factory and experience the old production line first-hand; from the arrival of the fish to the smell of smoked sardines in the wood-fired ovens to the ready-packed, hermetically sealed sardine cans leaving the factory for exportation. “The sea’s silver” brought an economic boost to Stavanger and a population boom.

This time around, since petroleum has been found on Norwegian soil, things have been no different. During your exploration, you will come to understand the significant value the oil industry has brought to the region, as well as the nation. Enjoy a fascinating visit to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, where you can see exactly how the industry has formed over the years. You will also get to see how a Norwegian oil rig operates. After this interesting, interactive visit you can either opt to stay in town or walk back to the ship with your guide.  

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? We would like to point out that it is possible to visit the Old Town and museums independently, but this tour is for those who wish to be accompanied by a qualified guide. The entire duration is spent walking or standing, over uneven, paved, stepped and cobblestone surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour will operate in all weather conditions so participants should dress accordingly. At the end of our tour, for those guests who wish to remain in the old town or walk to the town centre, it is the individual’s responsibility to return to the quayside in time for sailing. Please note that this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.


Cruises to Stavanger, Norway

FROM OIL TO OIL (TOUR IW)

  • See the contrast of old and new within Stavanger
  • Visit the Canning Museum – the only one of its kind in the world
  • Learn about the impact on the city of the oil industry
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Gifts from the sea have always saved Stavanger from financial crises and hardship. In the past it was the fishing industry and today it is oil and gas Stavanger earns most from, and with this city walk you will discover both.

You will visit a preserved canning factory and experience the old production line first-hand; from the arrival of the fish to the smell of smoked sardines in the wood-fired ovens to the ready-packed, hermetically sealed sardine cans leaving the factory for exportation. The ‘sea’s silver’ brought an economic boost to Stavanger and a population boom.

This time around, since petroleum has been found on Norwegian soil, things have been no different. During your exploration you will come to understand the significant value the oil industry has brought to the region, as well as the nation. Enjoy a fascinating visit to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, where you can see exactly how the industry has formed over the years. You will also get to see how a Norwegian oil rig operates. After this interesting, interactive visit you can either opt to stay in town or walk back to the ship with your guide. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? We would like to point out that it is possible to visit the Old Town and museums independently, but this tour is for those who wish to be accompanied by a qualified guide. The entire duration is spent walking or standing, over uneven, paved, stepped and cobblestone surfaces – bear in mind that it may also be snowy or icy. Guests are advised to dress warmly (layers are best) and to wear winter shoes or boots. At the end of our tour, for those guests who wish to remain in the Old Town or walk to the town centre, it is the individual’s responsibility to return to the quayside in time for sailing. Please note that this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.


NATIONAL DAY PARADE (TOUR YX)

  • The celebration of National Day is a party like no other in Norway!
  • Take this special opportunity to join in with this colourful parade
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Join the Norwegians on this very special day and participate in the National Day celebrations.

Marching bands, parades, traditional costumes and lots of ice cream! The parades and revelries of Norway National Day are truly a sight to behold. You are invited to join in the colourful international parade and take part in the celebrations. This is a wonderful time to be in Norway, and this tour offers a unique opportunity to join in with both the locals and the foreigners living in and visiting Stavanger on this special day. When the parade ends, the party continues with international music and entertainment in the streets. You are free to soak up the atmosphere at leisure, and enjoy refreshments at the Stavanger Concert House before returning back to the ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests wishing to participate in this tour, must be able to walk two kilometres (approximately one and a quarter miles). Your guide will accompany the group during the parade, but guests will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship. The tour price includes a Norwegian waffle, coffee or tea and a glass of cava per person. Additional refreshments will be available to purchase at your own expense. For reference, whilst the Concert House will be open exclusively for guests attending the tour, it is not exclusive to guests of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.


Nordic Walk, Stavanger, Norway

NORDIC WALKING (TOUR X)

  • Discover the unique art of Nordic Walking – considered to be the world’s fastest growing fitness activity!
  • Experience some of the most popular walking routes in Stavanger
Activity Tour
Price£85.00 - £95.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This activity tour offers you the perfect opportunity to see Stavanger on foot, whilst learning a new technique!

Norwegians have a long tradition in cross-country skiing, and this technique has been further developed for walking. Nordic walking is a total body version of walking which can be enjoyed by both athletes and non-athletes as a health-promoting physical activity. The activity is performed with specially designed walking poles which are adapted to each participant. The technique is easy to learn, and you’ll get a unique workout.

Begin your tour walking through Stavanger city centre, towards Godalen. Located on the peninsula Storhaug, this is a popular Sunday trail for the locals and an exquisite area for Nordic walking. Here an approximate three kilometre (one and three quarter miles) coastal walk stretches from one small boat harbour to another. The trail runs in open countryside beside the fjord, and offers fantastic views over the Gandsfjord and the mountains beyond. There are several lovely beaches along the way and you will also pass several large rocky headlands protruding into the fjord.

A short pause in a peaceful outdoor area allows you to sit down and relax, and you’ll have a chance to try one of Norway’s best loved culinary treats – Kvikk Lunsj (a biscuit similar to ‘Kit Kat’) and a refreshing drink; this constitutes a typical Norwegian trail snack. Rejuvenated, you will continue back to the ship along the Blue Promenade – another popular route which takes you around the harbour in the city centre.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is an activity tour, and guests wishing to participate must be in very good physical condition. You will be walking approximately nine kilometres (five and a half miles) over mainly paved and gravel terrain. For reference, there are no toilet stops on this tour.


NORDIC WALKING (TOUR XW)

  • Learn Nordic Walking, considered to be the world’s fastest growing fitness activity
  • Experience some of the most popular walking routes in Stavanger
  • Try one of Norway’s best loved culinary treats
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This activity tour offers you the perfect opportunity to see Stavanger on foot, whilst learning a new technique.

Norwegians have long traditions in cross-country skiing, and this technique has been further developed for walking. Nordic walking is a total body version of walking that can be enjoyed by both non-athletes as a health promoting physical activity and by athletes as a sport. The activity is performed with specially designed walking poles which are adapted to each participant. The technique is easy to learn, and you’ll get a unique workout where most muscles are used.

Begin your tour walking through Stavanger city centre, towards Godalen. Located on the peninsula Storhaug, this is a popular Sunday trail for the locals and an exquisite area for Nordic walking. Here an approximate three kilometre (one and three quarter mile) coastal walk stretches from one small boat harbour to another. The trail runs in open countryside beside the fjord, and offers fantastic views over the Gandsfjord and the mountains beyond. There are several lovely beaches along the way and you will also pass several large rocky headlands protruding into the fjord.

A short pause in a peaceful outdoor area allows you to sit down and relax, and you’ll have a chance to try one of Norway’s best loved culinary treats – brown cheese with rye bread – and a bottle of water; this constitutes a typical Norwegian trail snack. Rejuvenated, you will continue back to the ship along the Blue Promenade – another popular route which takes you around the harbour in the city centre.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 &  2018 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is an activity tour, and guests wishing to participate must be in very good physical condition. You will be walking approximately nine kilometres (five and a half miles) over mainly paved and gravel terrain. For reference, there are no toilet stops on this tour.


Stavanger, Norway

STAVANGER & COUNTRYSIDE (TOUR C)

  • See the main sights of Stavanger from your coach
  • Head into the countryside and admire the amazing boulder field
  • Stop at Byrkjedalstunet for refreshments and a shopping opportunity
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Stavanger, Norway's fourth largest city, is a charming blend of old and modern. Towards the end of the 18th century Stavanger became a leading commercial and industrial town. Herring fisheries became a lifeblood of the town, and canning factories and shipbuilding flourished. Today oil activities play a leading part both in and around the town.

Leaving Stavanger behind, follow the Dirdal River to Byrkjedalstunet. A former cheese factory from 1920, today it houses a restaurant, candle maker's workshop and shops selling souvenirs and traditional handicrafts. Enjoy typical Norwegian pancakes before time at leisure.

Continue to the nearby Gloppedalsuren. This is the largest boulder field in Northern Europe and was formed during the Ice Age. Learn about them and see boulders as large as houses. After a photo stop, drive back to the centre of Stavanger, passing the main attractions of the city on the way back to your ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is predominantly a scenic coach tour – with approximately 50 metres (165 feet) of walking from the coach at Byrkjedalstunet and optional walking at the boulder field. Therefore it is particularly suitable for guests with limited mobility, as long as you are able to board and disembark the coach unaided. It should be noted, however, that there may be approximately 200 metres (656 feet) to walk from the ship to the tour coach. Please note that the refreshments at Byrkjedalstunet may be served in Gloppehallen – this venue is located in a cave in the mountain, and may be unsuitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. For reference, due to road closures in place in and around Stavanger for the National Day parades; the tour may operate in a different order to that described; and some of the sights seen may differ.


Enjoy traditional Norwegian pancakes, Stavanger, Norway

STAVANGER & COUNTRYSIDE (TOUR CW)

  • Admire the highlights of Stavanger from your coach
  • Head into the countryside and admire the amazing boulder field
  • Stop at Byrkjedalstunet for refreshments and shopping opportunity
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Stavanger, Norway's fourth largest city, is a charming blend of old and modern. Towards the end of the 18th century Stavanger became a leading commercial and industrial town. Herring fisheries became a lifeblood of the town, and canning factories and shipbuilding flourished. Today oil activities play a leading part both in and around the town.

Leaving Stavanger behind, follow the Dirdal River to Byrkjedalstunet. A cheese factory from 1920, today it houses a restaurant, candle maker's workshop and shops selling souvenirs and traditional handicrafts. Enjoy typical Norwegian pancakes before time to browse at leisure.

Continue to the nearby Gloppedalsuren. This is the largest boulder field in Northern Europe and was formed during the Ice Age. Learn about them and see boulders as large as houses. After a photo stop, drive back to the centre of Stavanger, passing the main attractions of the city on the way back to your ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is predominantly a scenic coach tour – with approximately 50 metres of walking from the coach at Byrkjedalstunet and optional walking at the boulder field. Therefore it is particularly suitable for guests with limited mobility. It should be noted, however, that there may be approximately 200 metres to walk from the ship to the tour coach, and the ground may be icy or snowy. Please dress in warm layers, as the tour will involve some walking outdoors.


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STAVANGER CITY TOUR (TOUR AW)

  • See the Viking monument of ‘Swords in Rock’ beside the fjord
  • Learn about the Norwegian petroleum industry
  • Discover Stavanger Cathedral which dates back to the Middle Ages
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

The region claims to be the birthplace of Norway — see both old and new as you discover the highlights of Stavanger on this tour.

Leave the city behind and travel to Ullandhaug, with its reconstructed Iron Age farmhouses (which are seen but not visited). Enjoy a magnificent view, weather permitting, over Hafrsfjord, before viewing the monument ‘Swords in Rock’ - a memorial to King Harald the Fairhair who unified Norway.

Proceed to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, which presents the Norwegian oil story. Walk through the history of Norwegian oil and learn about the geology of the North Sea, the great technological milestones and the effect of oil on society. Pass through old and new areas of Stavanger, and arrive at the cathedral, built around 1125 by Bishop Reinald of Winchester. On the way back to your ship you have the option to walk through Old Stavanger, with its narrow lanes and picturesque wooden houses.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The approximate 20 minute walk through Old Stavanger back to the ship includes cobblestones and a steep lane or steps, this is optional, and participants can return by coach to the pier. Please bear in mind that the ground may be icy or snowy, and please dress warmly — layers are best. The cathedral will be viewed from the outside only. The museum is wheelchair accessible, however all guests must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. 


Stavanger, Norway

STAVANGER FLIGHTSEEING (TOUR G)

  • Look down on Stavanger as you follow the stunning fjords and mountains
  • Fly over Preikestolen – the world recognised Pulpit Rock
  • A once in a lifetime experience – a perfect way to admire Stavanger from above
Activity Tour
Price£540.00 - £550.00
DurationApproximately 1 Hour flying time
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

For a truly memorable visit to this region, this tour is a must!

Leaving the quayside, you will enjoy a short transfer to the heliport where you will embark on an unforgettable flightseeing tour over Stavanger. Firstly you will admire Månefossen or The Mån Falls, which is the 9th largest waterfall in Norway. You will also see the geological formation shaped 10,000 years ago after the ice age - Kjerag or Kiragg is located in Lysefjord, in Forsand municipality. Its highest point is 1,110 metres (3641 feet) above sea level, but its northern drop to Lysefjord attracts most visitors. The drop is 984 metres (3228 feet) and it is also the site of Kjeragbolten – a five metre (16 foot) stone located between two rocks. Some go there because Preikestolen has become too crowded, many people jump onto Kjeragbolten and some BASE jumpers from all over the world go there to dive off the high cliffs.

Continue along the fjord towards Preikestolen, passing Fløyrli with its renowned 4,444 steps which go straight up from sea level. Continuing to Preikestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and by the old local name Hyvlatonnå. This massive cliff rises 604 metres (1981 feet) above Lysefjord, opposite the Kjerag plateau. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 feet), almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. Once you have viewed these three breathtaking places you will fly over Stavanger Harbour, where you can see the old town, and your cruise ship, before landing back at the heliport.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is dependent upon safe flying conditions. All flights are subject to weight and balance limitations, and weather. The operator will cancel if the weather is too bad for you to enjoy the flight due to visibility or wind. The maximum weight of each passenger must not exceed 120 kilograms (260 pounds). There is a step to board and, for safety reasons, guests cannot be carried on to the helicopter - if you are unable to board, no refund will be possible. Please note that the helicopter used will be a three or four seater helicopter. The pilot will decide seating arrangements – please note that not all participants will have a window seat although we are assured that everyone will enjoy a good view. There will be commentary during the flight in English. The transfer time each way is approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic. It should be noted that guests may have a wait, either before or after the flight – if transport to/from the aircraft is shared. There is walking involved on this tour to reach the transport, and vice versa, as well as a short walk at the heliport. Please dress according to the weather conditions on the day. Visibility, views and the route will depend on weather conditions. For reference the tour may operate in reverse order to that described.

 


Stavanger, Norway

STAVANGER FLIGHTSEEING (TOUR GW)

  • Look down on Stavanger as you follow the stunning fjords and mountains
  • Fly over Preikestolen – the world recognised Pulpit Rock
  • A once in a lifetime experience – a perfect way to admire Stavanger from above
Price£490.00 - £500.00
DurationApproximately 1 hour flying time
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

For a truly memorable visit to this region, this tour is a must!

Leaving the quayside, you will enjoy a short transfer to the heliport where you will embark on an unforgettable flightseeing tour over Stavanger. Firstly, you will admire Månefossen or The Mån Falls, which is the ninth largest waterfall in Norway. You will also see the geological formation shaped 10,000 years ago after the ice age – Kjerag, or Kiragg, is located in Lysefjord, in Forsand municipality. Its highest point is 1,110 metres above sea level, but its northern drop to Lysefjord attracts most visitors. The drop is 984 metres and it is also the site of Kjeragbolten – a five metre stone located between two rocks. Preikestolen has become very crowded, so many people now jump onto Kjeragbolten and BASE jumpers from all over the world go there to dive off.

Continue along the fjord passing Fløyrli with its renowned 4,444 steps which go straight up from sea level. Continuing to Preikestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and by the old local name Hyvlatonnå. This massive cliff rises 604 metres above Lysefjord, opposite the Kjerag plateau. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres, almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. Once you have viewed these three breathtaking places you will fly over Stavanger harbour, where you can see the Old Town, and your cruise ship, before landing.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is dependent upon safe flying conditions. All flights are subject to weight and balance limitations, and weather. The operator will cancel if the weather is too bad for you to enjoy the flight due to visibility or wind. The maximum weight of each passenger must not exceed 120 kilograms (260 pounds). There is a step to board and, for safety reasons, participants cannot be carried on to the helicopter - if you are unable to board, no refund will be possible. Please note that the helicopter used will be a three or four seater helicopter. The pilot will decide seating arrangements – please note that not all participants will have a window seat although we are assured that everyone will enjoy a good view. There will be commentary during the flight in English. The transfer time each way is approximately 10 to15 minutes depending on traffic. It should be noted that you may have a wait, either before or after the flight – if transport to or from the aircraft is shared. There is walking involved on this tour to reach the transport, and vice versa, as well as a short walk at the heliport. Please dress according to the weather conditions on the day. Visibility, views and the route will depend on weather conditions.


Stavanger, Norway

STAVANGER SIGHTSEEING (TOUR EW)

  • Enjoy the main sights of Stavanger from your coach
  • Photo stops will allow you to take home your memories
  • Admire lovely views of the fjord as well as the city
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

You will discover the highlights of Stavanger on this panoramic tour of the city.

Drive along the harbour and cross the bridge to the small islands where nearly all of the houses are built from wood. Your guide will point out Stavanger Cathedral — built in 1125 and the only cathedral in Norway to retain its original features. In front of the cathedral lies the colourful market square — a favourite meeting place for locals.

Continue through Eiganes Road with its numerous villas, and past Ledaal Manor – former home of writer Alexander Kielland’s family and now the King’s residence when he is in town. You will stop at the ‘Swords in Rock‘ monument and hear how the Viking King Harald Fairhair defeated the last of the regional Princes and formed the Kingdom of Norway in the year 872.

Enjoy a short photo stop at the little Church of Sola, which dates back to 1150 and then pass one of the many magnificent sandy beaches at Jæren. Driving along the harbour on your way back to your ship you will see the characteristic Petroleum Museum building and also pass Old Stavanger —Northern Europe’s best preserved wooden village dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017  & 2018 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a panoramic coach tour and involves optional walking at the photo stops – therefore it is particularly suitable for guests with limited mobility, provided they can board and disembark the coach unaided. It should be noted, however, that there may be approximately 200 metres (656 feet) to walk from the ship to the tour coach. Please bear in mind that there may be snow or ice on the ground.


Traditional Norwegian waffles, Stavanger, Norway

TRADITIONAL HOME VISIT

  • Experience traditional Norwegian life
  • Be welcomed into a Norwegian home
  • Enjoy homemade refreshments 
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Take this unique opportunity to gain an insight into the Norwegian way of life with the chance to visit the home of a local.

You will be invited to visit a private home where your hostess will give you a tour of the house and tell you about Norwegian home life such as gardening, how they furnish their homes, traditions and more.  Feel free to ask questions which will help you understand their way of life. You will be treated to coffee or tea and freshly baked Norwegian waffles as you get to know the Norwegian culture up close and personal!  

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This special experience will start with a short transfer, a maximum of 20 minutes, to a private home. You will be welcomed on arrival - the transfer will be without a guide. There may be a few steps to enter the house, so the tour may prove unsuitable for wheelchair users.


Enjoy traditional Norwegian waffles, Stavanger, Norway

TRADITIONAL HOME VISIT (TOUR EXCW)

  • Learn a little about Christmas traditions in Norway
  • Be welcomed into a local home and enjoy some homemade refreshments
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Take this unique opportunity to gain an insight into the festive preparations with the chance to visit the home of a local.

You will be invited to visit a private home where your hostess will give you a tour of the house and tell you about Norwegian home life such as how they furnish their homes, Christmas traditions and more. Feel free to ask questions which will help you understand their way of life. You will be treated to coffee, tea and freshly baked waffles as you get to know the Norwegian culture up close and personal.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 & 2018 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This special experience will start with a short transfer, and you will spend approximately one to one and a half hours in the Norwegian home. You will be welcomed on arrival – the transfer will be without a guide. There may be a few steps to enter the house, so the tour may prove unsuitable for wheelchair users.

 


Cruises to Stavanger, Norway

UTSTEIN MONASTERY

  • Uncover Norway's best-preserved monastery
  • Enjoy a unique organ recital at Utstein 
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Travel to the beautiful green island of Mosterøy, which is home to Norway’s only medieval Monastery.

From the ship you will travel by coach through the harbour area, continue past both old and modern residential districts, heading for the verdant and peaceful Mosterøy Island. En-route you will traverse an undersea road tunnel, 5,860 metres long, 223 metres beneath the sea surface and 45 metres below the sea bed.

On the western tip of Mosterøy Island lies one of the country’s finest medieval monuments – Utstein Monastery. One of the royal estates of King Harald Fairhair around 900 AD – the first king to claim sovereignty over all of Norway, today Utstein monastery has opened its doors for congresses and classical and jazz concerts are frequently held in the chapel. During your visit you will attend a short organ concert and enjoy a guided tour of the premises. Both the interior and exterior display a wealth of fine details, such as the altarpiece, baptismal font, the narrow tower stairs and the peaceful gardens with many old trees.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves minimal walking with some steps in the monastery. Unfortunately the Monastery is not accessible for wheelchair users.  

 


UTSTEIN MONASTERY & CHRISTMAS CONCERT (TOUR JWX)

  • Uncover Norway's best-preserved monastery
  • Enjoy an exclusive Christmas concert at Utstein
  • Explore the house, garden and historical surroundings
Price£110.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Travel to the beautiful island of Mosterøy, home to Norway’s only medieval monastery, for an unforgettable festive experience.

From the ship you will travel by coach through the harbour area, past both old and modern residential districts, heading for the verdant and peaceful Mosterøy Island. En route, you will traverse an undersea road tunnel; 5,860 metres long, 223 metres beneath the sea surface and 45 metres below the seabed.

On the western tip of Mosterøy Island lies one of the country’s finest medieval monuments – Utstein Monastery. Upon arrival, a short walk past majestic 450 year-old beech trees in the monastery gardens brings you to Utstein, filled with fascinating history as a Viking stronghold, royal residence, manor house and monastery.

Experience the unique acoustics in the church — which dates back to the 11th century — with an enchanting acapella concert performed  by a local quartet. The program includes the history of this stunning location, combined with an atmospheric and evocative Christmas repertoire.

Following the concert, you will be invited to enjoy warming ’gløgg’ — similar to mulled wine — and traditional Norwegian Christmas cookies in the monks refectory, before some time in which to explore the house, garden and historical surroundings at your leisure.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR W1727 NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves minimal walking (approximately 200 metres/650 feet) with some steps in the monastery. Unfortunately the monastery is not accessible for wheelchair users. Guests are advised to bear in mind that the ground may be icy or snowy, and to dress in warm layers and sturdy shoes or boots with a good grip. For reference, the concert will last approximately 45 minutes.


UTSTEIN MONASTERY (TOUR JW)

  • Uncover Norway's best-preserved monastery
  • Enjoy a unique organ recital at Utstein
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Travel to the beautiful island of Mosterøy, home to Norway’s only medieval monastery.

From the ship you will travel by coach through the harbour area, continue past both old and modern residential districts, heading for the verdant and peaceful Mosterøy Island. Enroute you will traverse an undersea road tunnel; 5,860 metres long, 223 metres beneath the sea surface and 45 metres below the sea bed.

On the western tip of Mosterøy Island lies one of the country’s finest medieval monuments – Utstein Monastery. One of the royal estates of King Harald Fairhair around 900 AD – the first king to claim sovereignty over all of Norway, today Utstein monastery has opened its doors for congresses and classical and jazz concerts are frequently held in the chapel. During your visit you will attend a short organ concert and enjoy a guided tour. Both the interior and exterior display a wealth of fine details, such as the altarpiece, baptismal font, the narrow tower stairs and the peaceful gardens with many old trees.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves minimal walking with some steps in the monastery. Unfortunately the monastery is not accessible for wheelchair users. Guests are advised to bear in mind that the ground may be icy or snowy, and to dress in warm layers and sturdy shoes or boots with a good grip.


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