Stavanger

A centre full of shops  

The best museum in Norway

The Preikestolen (the Pulpit)

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Stavanger/Lysefijord

Comfortably facing over the sea

Attractive and friendly, Stavanger offers visitors arriving on an MSC cruise a variety of activities. Starting from a visit to the town itself, that has a centre full of shops, narrow streets climbing up the hill and an attractive cathedral.
 
You should walk around the old part of town facing the sea where your cruise ship will be anchored. In Stavanger you can enjoy visiting museums. Amongst the most interesting area the oil museum, the canning museum, the Rogaland art museum or the children’s museum.

Take a stroll in the environs of Stavanger instead to explore the 23 iron figures that form the “Broken Column” a sculpture by Antony Gormley. In Hafrsfjord look for the three swords in the rock, a monument celebrating the Vikings’ battle of 872 A.D. led by King Harald I. Nearby is the Jærmuseet science centre, elected the “best museum in Norway” in 2009. But the region of Stavanger is known especially for its fjords and in particular the Lysefjord.

The mountain walls drop almost a thousand metres vertically along the 42 kilometres of coast, for that is the depth of the sea in this narrow passage. An excursion on the waters is an experience you won’t forget. Also because from here one can admire one of the most famous attractions in Norway, the Preikestolen (the Pulpit), a rocky outcrop soaring 600 metres above the fjord. With an hour and half’s walk from the driveway you can reach this exceptional work of nature .

Another tourist attraction is Kjerag, a peak rising 1100 metres above sea level that dominates the Lysefjord, with its northern face plummeting into the sea. But it’s a little lower down, at about 980 metres that you find a natural masterpiece generated by the elements: the Kjeragbolten, a massive rock jammed between two rock faces.

The excursion takes up most of the day, but the awesome spectacle is worth the effort.

Must see places in Stavanger

  • Lysefjord Cruise

    Lysefjord Cruise

  • The Pulpit rock

    The Pulpit rock

  • Byrkjedalstunet, candle shop

    Byrkjedalstunet, candle shop

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  • TREKKING TO PULPIT ROCK

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STA07

    Thanks to its sheltered location at the entrance of Gandsfjord, Stavanger – along with its numerous bridge-linked islands – is largely protected from the North Sea. After leaving the ship, travel by coach straight from Stavanger’s beautiful harbor towards the starting point of one of Norway’s most famous hiking trails. The bustling city life, cozy little restaurants and cafés, the striking building of the Norwegian Petroleum Museum soon make way for inspiring nature with beautiful scenery along the way and a fascinating ferry crossing where you can spot the typical Norwegian wooden houses in sometimes very remote locations. Upon arrival your expert hiking guide will inform you about the path ahead. Look forward to 2 hours of walking along a trail that will take you through the most beautiful lake-dotted mountain terrain with plenty of wonderful views to enjoy as you go. Your destination at a height of 604 meters above the Lysefjord is also the main highlight of the tour: the flat plateau known as the “Pulpit Rock”. The view from this elevated position is absolutely breathtaking, with mountains falling steeply to the sea and gushing waterfalls providing a stupendous and dramatic setting. Do bring your camera to capture the beauty of this natural spectacle and further wonderful views on your trip from and to Stavanger. Please note: we recommend you wearing good, sturdy boots or walking shoes. You will have an opportunity to buy food/drink on the ferry. The mountain area is not secured, so please move with caution, do not get close to the edge and always follow your guide’s instructions. This tour is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or for those who suffer from a heart condition or vertigo. It is not available for guests onboard MSC Opera and for MSC Musica’s call on 06.09.2016. This tour is feasible for children aged 14 years on.
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      7:30 h

    • Adults$145.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • INTRODUCTION TO STAVANGER

    CITY TOUR

    STA05

    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. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • 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.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$52.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • STAVANGER CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    STA01

    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 suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adults$75.00Price per person

      • Children$55.00Price per person

    • CITY TOUR & UTSTEIN MONASTERY

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      STA03

      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.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$75.00Price per person

      • Children$55.00Price per person

    • STAVANGER & NATURAL SURROUNDINGS

      NATURAL WONDERS

      STA04

      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. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • 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.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$109.00Price per person

      • Children$75.00Price per person

    • LYSEFJORD CRUISE

      SCENIC ROUTE

      STA02

      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. Please note: a helper to get on/off the boat must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the boat has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • 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.

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      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adults$122.00Price per person

      • Children$89.00Price per person

    The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
    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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Norway

    The magic of the northern lights
    The magic of the northern lights

    A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

    The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

    But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

    Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.

     
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