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

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  • TREKKING TO PULPIT ROCK

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    STA07

    Seize this all-day opportunity to touch base with Mother Nature while soaking up splendid views, getting some exercise and enjoying the bracing mountain air. The outing begins with a coach ride from Stavanger’s lovely harbour through the bustling city – look out for views of the striking Norwegian Petroleum Museum building – towards the start of the hiking trail, with a ferry crossing included in the journey. As you travel, enjoy the glorious scenery; watch out for sightings of remotely located wooden houses and rest up ready for the walk ahead. After meeting your expert guide at the hiking trail, you will get to spend about 2 hours trekking through a pristine lake-and-mountain landscape with superb vistas to savour at every turn. Your hard work will be more than rewarded on reaching your final destination: the plateau known as Pulpit Rock, which towers over Lysefjorden at a height of about 600 metres/1,980 ft.. The panoramic view afforded at this spot is simply astounding, and time will be yours take plenty of photos of sheer mountain faces and gushing waterfalls. The return trip to the ship ends the tour. Please note: guests are recommended to wear sturdy walking boots or shoes. The total duration of the hike is 4.5 hours on a narrow and quite steep path which may result slippery when raining. This tour is subject to weather conditions. As the mountain plateau at Pulpit Rock is unsecured, guests are requested to move with caution, stay away from the edge and follow the guide’s instructions at all times. This tour is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or suffering with a heart condition or vertigo. Guests must be at least 14 years of age to take part.
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      7:30 h

    • Adults£102.00Price 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: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • 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£39.00Price per person

    • Children£29.00Price 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£55.00Price per person

      • Children£39.00Price 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. Conservative attire for visiting sites of religious importance.
      • Limited seats

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

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£55.00Price per person

      • Children£39.00Price 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: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • 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£79.00Price per person

      • Children£55.00Price 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: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the boat and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since boats have neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • 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£89.00Price per person

      • Children£62.00Price per person

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programmes 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.