Stavanger

Founded in the 8th century and one of Norway’s oldest towns, the quaint town of Stavanger is situated on the Byfjord, an arm of the Stavangerfjord in southwest Norway.

Evocative cobbled streets full of history

Founded in the 8th century and one of Norway’s oldest towns, the quaint town of Stavanger is situated on the Byfjord, an arm of the Stavangerfjord in southwest Norway.

Echoes of Stavanger’s proud heritage live on amid the evocative cobbled streets of Gamle (old) Stavanger and the whitewashed 18th century houses, which are perhaps the best-preserved community of wooden houses in Northern Europe.

We have many different day trip packages away from the ship for our guests visiting Stavanger; these not only provide you the best deals on local sights but are a great way of quickly getting to know the history and soul of this charming town.

You can leave your luxury MSC cruise ship for the Stavanger sightseeing tour which includes a visit to an Iron Age farm, great for children and adults alike.

Take a boat trip around the Stavanger archipelago – a relaxing way to spend your vacation time here, rounded off with traditional waffles and hot coffee.

An interesting day out is found in the comprehensive tour of Stavanger and its surroundings, where you can not only pick up great souvenirs of your vacation at a local handicrafts centre but you can see some local curiosities in the form of the great boulders at Gloppedalsuren.

Finally, fans of both culture and history will be interested in Norway’s best-preserved monastery, the medieval Utstein Kloster, parts of which date back to the 13th century.

Cruise to Stavanger - Norway - Northen Europe - MSC Cruises

Directions


Ship docks in the middle of town next to the oldest part "Gamle Stavanger", and a 10 minute walk to the town's lovely market place and the charming city centre with its pedestrian street.

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 STA01 - STAVANGER CITY TOUR   (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Spend a few hours discovering the main sights of Stavanger, Norway’s fourth-largest city on the country’s south-western coast. The tour will take you past the 12th-century, Romanesque-style Stavanger Cathedral, the Market Place and through the modern part of the city. You will also visit the Iron Age Farm, a fascinating complex that illustrates how life was lived in Norway approx. 1,500 years ago. A stop will also be made in Stavanger’s Ullandhaug quarter for a chance to admire the wonderful view. You will then head back into town to explore the centre of Stavanger on foot, taking in the picturesque old town – known as Gamle Stavanger - which is home to Europe’s best-preserved collection of old wooden houses. Your tour ends with your return to the ship. Please note: this tour involves walking on cobbled streets and is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair. Taking photos or shooting videos inside the Iron Age Farm is prohibited. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $75.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 STA02 - LYSEFJORD CRUISE  (2.5 hours / 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Recommended for families  Best seller  Spread out in the waters off the northern Norwegian coastline near the town of Stavanger lies a group of larger and smaller islands that is simply referred to as the Stavanger Archipelago. While many of the islands are only sparsely inhabited by humans, they are home to abundant wildlife and boast spectacular scenery. There is no better way to enjoy views of the rugged coastlines and dramatic landscapes of both Norway and these islands than from the comfort of a modern boat, cruising in the direction of Lysefjord and the incredible cliff-top vantage point known as Pulpit Rock. When you see the way it towers over the fjord, you will understand how it got its name. The rock is considered to be one of Norway's natural wonders – and the very best way to admire its impressive proportions is from the fjord in a boat.

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Price per person $126.00 Adults $88.00 Children

   


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 STA03 - CITY TOUR & UTSTEIN MONASTERY (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  A scenic trip north from Stavanger to the coast begins this tour, after which the coach will drive through the incredible undersea road tunnel that links mainland Norway with Mosterøy island. Thanks to the tunnel, a journey that once took hours can now be completed in a mere 30 minutes. A visit to the island’s beautiful Utstein Abbey is next. It is regarded as Norway’s best-restored monastery and is still in active use today. The monastery is dedicated to St. Laurence and dates back to the 13th century. On returning to the port by main road, a walking tour of Stavanger’s picturesque old town, boasting Europe’s best-preserved collection of wooden houses, brings your tour to a leisurely close. The many sights to see on this tour are certainly worth a photo, so do bring your camera. Please note: this tour includes walking on cobblestone and gravel paths with some steps; it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

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Price per person $76.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 STA04 - STAVANGER & NATURAL SURROUNDINGS ( 4.5 hours ) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Stavanger, Norway's fourth largest city, is a charming blend of antiquity and modernity. Towards the end of the 18th century Stavanger became a leading commercial and industrial town; the herring fisheries were a key commercial activity and canning factories flourished, as did shipbuilding. Today oil-related activities have grown in importance both in and around Stavanger. Our excursion begins with a drive along the Dirdal River to Byrkjedals-tunet, a former 1920s cheese factory which today houses a restaurant, a candle maker’s workshop and shops selling souvenirs and traditional handicrafts. Refreshments will be served with time afterwards to browse the area. Continue by bus to the nearby Gloppedalsuren, Norway's largest field of boulders - some as big as houses. We will drive through the farming area of Jaeren and past the beaches at Sola before arriving at Stavanger for a short city sightseeing tour before returning to Stavanger pier.
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Price per person $109.00 Adults $76.00 Children

   


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 STA05 - INTRODUCTION TO STAVANGER (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  A short sightseeing excursion that covers the highlights of Stavanger. We will pass Stavanger Cathedral, built in 1125 and the only Cathedral in Norway to retain all of its original architectural features. In front of the Cathedral lies the colourful market square. We will drive through Eiganes Road lined with elegant villas and pass Ledaal Manor, the King’s residence when in town. The excursion continues towards the sandy beaches of Jæreb before returning to the city through Stavanger’s old town, home to the best-preserved wooden village in Europe which dates back to the XVI and XVII centuries.


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Price per person $50.00 Adults $35.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.