Stavanger Cruises, Norway
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The famous Pulpit Rock and the sights of Stavanger are yours for the taking on this great tour. Your boat tour begins in the direction of Lysefjord, which has carved a path into the country almost 50 kilometres deep. The scenery that surrounds it is spectacular – all steep mountainsides and gushing waterfalls. On the southern side of the fjord, look out for Helleren. It’s an overhanging cliff that once provided shelter for the people that fished and hunted here. These days it’s a picnic site with enough seats for around 180 people. This is the spot where you’ll stop for a break, tucking into freshly-made waffles, washed down with a cup of tea or coffee. Moving on, the northern side of the fjord is where you’ll find the famous rock formation known as Pulpit Rock. On the top, it’s completely flat and its height above sea level is over 1800 feet. You’ll cruise by at close range – very slowly – so you can admire this fine example of Mother Nature’s handiwork. After that, it’s time to head back to the quayside of where thieves hid their stolen goods in former days! The return goes via the same route back to the port of Stavanger.
This fascinating tour showcases the best of Stavanger. You’ll start things off with the little Church of Sola, which dates back to 1150. Carry on along the coast of southwest Norway, passing the magnificent sandy stretches of Jæren. Then, make a beeline for the old residential part of Stavanger, gazing out at fertile farmlands along the way. The drive then takes you through Eiganes road, with its postcard-pretty villas, and past Ledaal Manor - the King’s residence whenever he’s in town. Back in the centre again, you’ll see the cathedral, built in 1125. Of all the Norwegian churches created during the Middle Ages, this is the only one that has managed to cling on to its original features. In front of the cathedral lies the colourful market square – the locals’ favourite meeting place. After that, you’ll drive along the harbour and across the bridges to Engoy and Buoy, set on a sparkling fjord. Nearly all the houses here have been built from wood and painted in bright colours. On your way back to the ship, you’ll pass old Stavanger, where age-old wooden houses skirt narrow lanes. Prepare to be charmed…
Be whisked back in time as you unravel Stavanger’s intriguing past. The area’s played a leading role in Norway’s maritime history. In fact, it can be traced back to the time when the Viking kings battled in Hafrsfjord. This tour takes you through rolling countryside to Ullandhaug, where you’ll find reconstructed farmhouses from the Iron Age. Once you’ve had an introduction to life in those distant times, you’ll carry on to a nearby viewpoint. Have your cameras ready for this one - from Ullandhaug Hill, you’ll get a great view over Hafrsfjord. It was here that in 872, Viking king Harald Haarfagre - the Fair-haired - defeated the last of the regional princes. In doing so, he united the 29 small kingdoms under one crown, thus founding the Kingdom of Norway. Last but by no means least, it’s time to head back for a stroll through old Stavanger. Take a look at the age-old wooden houses that fringe narrow lanes. They date back to the 18th and 19th centuries yet they’ve been really well preserved. This particular area’s unique to Stavanger and as a result has become the city's most important rehabilitation project.