Stavanger, Norway - Norway, Fjords & Baltic Cruises

Stavanger is blessed with history and natural beauty. From the old port, the city radiates across a network of islands interlaced with graceful bridges. Stavanger's Romanesque cathedral and old medieval lanes blend beautifully with the modern city and spectacular countryside. Journey back in time on a tour of Utstein Cloister, a beautifully preserved Augustin Monastery from the Middle Ages.

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Excursions

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.

  • Coastal Landscapes by Road and Rail

    Discover the beautiful and diverse landscape of Jæren, one of the country’s most dramatic and visually stunning coastlines, by road and rail.

    Coastal Landscapes by Road and Rail

    Embark on a drive to Egersund through the natural and cultural landscape of Jæren’s North Sea Road, one of Norway’s famous and unique National Tourist Routes. As you sit back and watch the passing landscape, notice how it changes from wide horizons, open skies and endless oceans into miles of sand dunes, only broken by boulders and salmon rivers.

    Egersund is considered to be one of the prettiest towns along the Norway’s coastline. Explore the town at your own leisure or join your guide for a leisurely walk around this serene town. During your walk, you’ll discover a natural harbour, wide avenues, quaint shops and historic wooden houses. There will be the option to visit a little chocolate shop to see the homemade Egersund chocolate moulded in the form of the Egersund Pilot Statue. Why not treat yourself to a purchase of chocolate or one of their other delicious homemade delights?

    After your walk, you’ll be transferred to the Norwegian State Railway for your panoramic train journey. As your train weaves its way through countryside and along the coast, you’ll be able to see a range of scenery as it transforms from suburbs into plains, picturesque lakes and the open sea.


    This tour will operate by coach, train and on foot. The route may operate in reverse. The optional guided walk takes approximately 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. The terrain is mostly flat with a few cobbles. The public train is not exclusive so does stop several times to pick up local passengers; however Cunard have reserved separate carriages. There are a few steps to negotiate to access the train. The train journey takes approximately one hour. The train and coach can both accommodate collapsible wheelchairs.

    Tour code

    STA_035

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Tropical Flora of Norway

    Enjoy a blossoming garden of exotic plants on the island of Sør Hidle, described as the World’s northernmost palm tree island.

    Tropical Flora of Norway

    Enjoy a scenic boat trip through the Gandsfjord, which is dotted with several picturesque islands. On arrival at the lovely harbour on the private island of Sør Hidle, there is a short walk to the Flor and Fjære Garden which is set in a protected harbour making it a place of peaceful tranquillity, colourful flowers and great sea views.

    You will be given a guided walk of the gardens with one of the knowledgeable garden guides before having free time to explore the exotic gardens at your own leisure. See the world’s most northerly plantation of tropical palm trees, bamboo and banana trees; smell the fruit trees and bountiful flowers all set against the backdrop of majestic mountains and deep fjords.


    This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours spent at the Gardens. There are gravel pathways and some inclines in the Garden. Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. Please note that in May the garden is newly planted.

    Tour code

    STA_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Viking Voyages & Victories

    Discover the interesting sights, striking scenery and fascinating Viking heritage of the charming city of Stavanger.

    Viking Voyages & Victories

    From the port, a short drive will bring you to Ullandshaug Viewpoint for magnificent views of Hafrsfjord and the surrounding area. Hafrsfjord is where the Kingdom of Norway was founded in 872 after the Viking King, Harald Hårfagre, defeated the last of the regional princes and united the 29 small kingdoms under one crown. Nearby at Møllebukta, you’ll stop to see the 3 Giant Swords monument which commemorates this battle and symbolises the fight is over.

    Your next stop will be the Stavanger Museum to view the Viking Voyagers exhibition. This multi-media exhibition uses sound and visual effects to bring the brutal yet fascinating Viking Age to life. A central part of the exhibition are the new Viking Age burials, recently found in Rogaland, containing keen-edged swords, golden buckles and brightly colored glass beads. There are also displays of the treasures stolen during their oversea raids such as Gilded, decorated Irish book clasps, brooches, beads of jet, silver treasure troves including Arabic coins.

    On the return journey, a stop will be made at the quaint old town of Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger). You’ll have the option to take a short guided walk along the picturesque narrow cobbled lanes and past the well preserved wooden houses as you listen to tales of the bygone ages.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Viking Voyages exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Passengers who do not wish to participate in the guided walk of Gamle Stavanger can remain on the coach.

    Tour code

    STA_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Leisurely Stavanger

    A leisurely introduction to Stavanger, offering an insight into the history and scenery of the town and its surroundings.

    Leisurely Stavanger

    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 three giant swords which commemorate this battle and symbolise the fight is over.

    Your leisurely drive will continue along the coast of south west Norway, where you will 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 sandy coastal stretches of Jæren and travel by fertile farmland. As you approach Eiganes, you will 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 will see the impressive medieval Cathedral, and the characteristic, colourful facades which overlook the harbour. Across the bridges towards Engøy and Buøy, situated in the fjord, there is a fascinating array of architecture – nearly all the houses are built in wood and painted in vivid colours. En route back to the ship, you will pass ‘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.


    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 long tunnels.

    Tour code

    STA_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Coastal Landscapes by Road & Rail

    Discover the beautiful and diverse landscape of Jæren, one of the country’s most dramatic and visually stunning coastlines, by road and rail.

    Coastal Landscapes by Road & Rail

    Embark on a drive to Egersund through the natural and cultural landscape of Jæren’s North Sea Road, one of Norway’s famous and unique National Tourist Routes. As you sit back and watch the passing landscape, notice how it changes from wide horizons, open skies and endless oceans into miles of sand dunes, only broken by boulders and salmon rivers.

    Egersund is considered to be one of the prettiest towns along the Norway’s coastline. Explore the town at your own leisure or join your guide for a leisurely walk around this serene town. During your walk, you’ll discover a natural harbour, wide avenues, quaint shops and historic wooden houses. There will be the option to visit a little chocolate shop to see the homemade Egersund chocolate moulded in the form of the Egersund Pilot Statue. Why not treat yourself to a purchase of chocolate or one of their other delicious homemade delights?

    After your walk, you’ll be transferred to the Norwegian State Railway for a panoramic train journey. As your train weaves its way through countryside and along the coast, you’ll be able to see a range of scenery as it transforms from suburbs into plains, picturesque lakes and the open sea.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The route may operate in reverse. The optional guided walk takes approximately 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. The terrain is mostly flat with a few cobbles. The train is a public service and will maintain its regular schedule; which will result in several stops to pick up local passengers. It is not exclusive to Cunard and the carriages may be shared. There are a few steps to negotiate to access the train. The train journey takes approximately one hour. The train and coach can both accommodate collapsible wheelchairs. Bathroom opportunities are available on the train only.

    Tour code

    STA_025

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the scenic Lysefjord and see the famous 'Pulpit Rock' jutting out from the rocky terrain above.

    Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock

    Lysefjord, Norway's most southern major fjord, stretches 25 miles and was formed more than 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. Experience a leisurely cruise along the scenic Lysefjord, as you pass steep mountains with their cascading waterfalls and the occasional dwelling clinging to its rocky terrain.

    There will be a limited commentary providing information about the various points of interest including Preikestolen, better known as the Pulpit Rock. The 'Pulpit Rock' is a famous natural rock formation which protrudes vertically from the mountainside. On a clear day, you will be able to see the rock with its flat plateau proudly jutting out above you.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Various sized boats will be used for this excursion. There are two flights of stairs between the decks on the boat. Whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). A warm, windproof jacket is recommended. The Pulpit Rock is situated approximately 1,968 feet above sea level and therefore appears smaller when viewed from below. Pre-reservation of this tour is highly recommended due to limited availability.

    Tour code

    STA_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Stavanger on Foot

    Enjoy a stroll through Old Stavanger, with its pretty wooden houses and quaint cobbled lanes, before exploring the main town.

    Stavanger on Foot

    Your exploration begins in Old Stavanger, a lively area that hosts well-preserved 18th and 19th century wooden houses, mostly built for seafarers, craftsmen and traders. An important rehabilitation project has meant that this is now northern Europe's largest and best-preserved 'wooden house' settlement.

    Your stroll through Stavanger continues to the market square at the head of the harbour bay. A colourful scene greets you where fruit and vegetables, flowers and seafood are laid out on sale with the 12th century Stavanger Cathedral forming an impressive backdrop.

    Looking towards the harbour is the statue of the former mayor and well-known writer, Alexander Kielland. The pedestrian street leads you to the Valberg Tower, situated on a small hill and overlooking the central part of the city and harbour. It was once used at a watchtower in case fire broke out in the wooden buildings of Stavanger.


    This excursion will operate on foot. The terrain in Old Stavanger is a little uphill and over cobblestoned streets. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please note that entrance to the Valberg Tower is not included in the tour. The market may be closed on Sunday calls. There are no bathroom opportunities on this tour.

    Tour code

    STA_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Stavanger Countryside

    Leave behind the bustling city of Stavanger and become acquainted with the charming and peaceful countryside.

    Stavanger Countryside

    Following the Dirdal River and valley, you will reach Byrkjedalstunet. The re-constructed cheese factory in Byrkjedalstunet dates back to 1920 and now houses a restaurant and a candle-maker's workshop. Enjoy a tea or coffee and some traditional 'lapper' (thick pancakes) with jam and sour cream. Take some time to visit the colourful candle workshop, to see the wide variety of candles produced here, before browsing the gift shop with its array of Norwegian handicrafts, woollens, souvenirs and candles.

    Venture onwards to see the Gloppedalsuren Boulder Field, Norway's largest field of boulders, with some as big as houses. Continue via the flat, fertile farming area of Jaeren and the beaches at Sola before some city sightseeing in Stavanger.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is approximately 15 minutes' total walking involved on this tour, most of which is optional. The lighting at the refreshment venue is quite dim to add to the atmosphere, therefore care should be taken. This tour involves several tunnels.

    Tour code

    STA_022

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

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