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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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 primary Lysefjord cruise company is Rødne: https://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.
Cobbled pedestrian shopping streets abound with quality Norwegian goods – hand-knitted sweaters, wood, pewter, glass, ceramics and jewelry and gifts unique to Stavanger, such as replicas of Viking-age jewelry 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.
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).
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 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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