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Stavanger Norway Cruise Port
Location:

The port is in the heart of the city. Up to two of the largest cruise ships can glide easily into port at the same time and tie up within sight of the bustling market, shops and cafes. No terminal is needed for passengers' services - all facilities are within a very short walk.

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Sightseeing:

Get to know Stavanger. Smiling, friendly Stavanger. Stavanger is a rich city - rich in culture, nature, experiences and good times! Lots of charm and sea breezes.

The region has long claimed to be the cradle of the Vikings, and it is also where the Great Norwegian Fjords begins. In east the landscape varies between fjords and steep mountains, like the Lysefjord with Preikestolen - "the Pulpit Rock", is an hour boat trip from the city center. South is Jaeren, the flat open landscape, with long sandy beaches.

  • The Stavanger Oil Museum is a very interesting building with fascinating information on Norway's oil industry. Displays of submersibles, drilling equipment, a mock oil platform, and audio-visual presentations make for a good few hours. The museum caters for all ages.
  • The Canning Museum may not seem like the most interesting place to visit but it is a surprisingly good little museum with a lot of hands-on exhibits.
  • Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger) is a well preserved slice of Norwegian history. Old winding streets and wooden houses are representative of accommodation from Stavangers days as a the canning capital of Norway. Most houses in Old Stavanger are privately owned and well kept.
  • Preikestolen (the pulpit rock) can be seen by boat or hiked up. It is an impressive geological feature that is prominent on almost every Stavanger postcard. It protrudes from the rock about 604 metres above the fjord and is almost totally flat on top. The view from the boat is less satisfying than the hike and a round trip takes several hours. Boats leave from the Vaagen (the harbor in the center of town.) The hike is moderate and the trail is well used especially during the summer.
  • A good place for a photo opportunity are the Three Swords (Sverd i fjell, literally Swords in Stone), a monument outside the center of Stavanger, beside the Hafrsfjord. The swords themselves are massive and in the background is the fjord. The monument commemorates the battle of Hafrsfjord in the late 800's where Harald Hårfagre beat his eastern opposition and became the first King of Norway.
  • Sculptures - In 2000 the mobile installation Another Place by British sculptor Anthony Gormley was placed on and off Sola beach. A few years later a new and permanent installation Broken Column, by the same artist, was placed at various locations surrounding the center of Stavanger.
  • The Rogaland Kunstmuseum (art museum) is on Mosvatnet Lake, only 2 km from the city center. The museum has a permanent exhibition of Norwegian art, and a rotating exhibition that is sometimes quite spectacular. Be sure to see the Lars Hertervig paintings; you'll see the landscape of the islands just north of Stavanger reflected in his work.
Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

The primary Lysefjord cruise company is Rødne: http://www.rodne.no/ You can find the schedule and prices on their website along with a map of their departure point, which is right near the cruise pier. If you decide to do it on your own, you might want to pre-book online to guarantee space, just in case they're the same operator the ship uses!

Stavanger is very walkable and there is no immediate need for taxi's, buses etc.

Stavanger hop-on hop-off shore excursion.

As the weather in Norway can be very unpredictable, make sure to check the cancellation policies in case of inclement weather. It is no fun driving around in the clouds.

Shopping and Food:

Cobbled pedestrian shopping streets abound with quality Norwegian goods – hand-knitted sweaters, wood, pewter, glass, ceramics and jewellery and gifts unique to Stavanger, such as replicas of Viking-age jewellery discovered in the area.

Passengers can start with the market almost at the ships's gangway, absorb the atmosphere and then visit the Anglo- Norman style Cathedral, dating from 1125, a time when the town only had some 200 inhabitants.

Currency:

The Norwegian currency is the Norwegian crown (norske krone), abbreviated kr. A 1/100th krone is called øre. 1.00 EUR = about 8 NOK

ATMs in Norway are called Minibank.

Nearly all stores accept major credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa (Bring your passport/driver's license, as you are required to identify yourself when using a credit card).

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Communication:

Norwegian is the official language of Norway. The language is very close and mutually intelligible with the two other Scandinavian languages, English widely spoken.

Both McDonalds and Burger King are only a short walk from your ship and provide free WiFi.

At times you might be able to find an open Wifi connection on the open decks of your ship, depending at which pier you are docked.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Opening hours in Norway are better than they used to be, but many smaller stores still close early on Saturday (1 PM or 3 PM is typical) and nearly everything is closed on Sundays. You'll often see opening hours written as "9-21 (9-18)" on doors, meaning 9 AM to 9 PM weekdays, 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday.

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