Cruises to Stavanger

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Stavanger (Photo:Nightman1965/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to Stavanger

Since the days of the Vikings, Stavanger's fate has been tied to the sea. The region in southeastern Norway was first settled 10,000 years ago, and Vikings set forth on their seafaring expeditions from these shores. In more modern times, fishing was the city's moneymaker, and sardine canning was big business. Today, the North Sea oil industry rules Stavanger, which is often referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway.

Stavanger is Norway's fourth most populous city, but it won't seem like a bustling metropolis when you set foot off your ship. The harbor area where ships dock is easily walkable, with the small white cottages of Old Stavanger immediately to the west, a tangle of pedestrian shopping streets to the east and restaurants housed in old warehouses lining the harbor itself. Most major attractions, such as the Canning and Petroleum museums, are a quick stroll away.

If you came to Norway to immerse yourself in fjords, Stavanger is the jumping off point for boat trips into the Lysefjord, with its dramatic cliffs (including the towering Pulpit Rock) and gushing waterfalls. However, if you want to learn a bit about what makes Norway tick, Stavanger can offer unique museums not typically found in other destinations. Sardines and petroleum might not be your first loves, but Stavanger's museums find ways to make the seemingly mundane fascinating. Visit Stavanger on your next cruise to Norway.

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Sirena

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More about Stavanger

Why Cruise to Stavanger?

Pros:

Home to unusual museums like the Norwegian Canning and Petroleum museums

Cons:

The city is full of shops and restaurants, but you might find prices too high for your taste

Bottom Line:

Options for all from museums and historic spots to shopping and Lysefjord trips

Stavanger Cruise Port Facilities?

There are no port buildings with facilities, but the tourist office drops off a box of maps, set on a table as you walk out of the secure area into town. Shops, museums, restaurants and other attractions are all within walking distance.

Good to Know?

Norway is very expensive; crewmembers report buying a Big Mac, fries and a milkshake for $40! Be prepared for sticker shock if you're planning on dining in town or doing any shopping.

Also, the weather in Norway can be changeabl

Getting Around?

On Foot: If you're sightseeing within town, you can walk to all attractions. Parts of Old Stavanger and the harbor area are pedestrian-only zones.

By Bus: A hop on, hop off bus is available if you want to visit multiple museums, including the few not immediately in the harbor area (although it's not the typical red City Sightseeing bus company you'll find in other ports). The buses park right by the premier cruise ship berth by Old Stavanger and go to the tourist information office/Stavanger cathedral, the Petroleum Museum, Stavanger Museum, Museum of Archaeology, Stavanger Art Museum and the royal home Ledaal. Buses depart every half hour, and the circuit takes 45 minutes. Tickets may be purchased at the tourist office or onboard the bus.

Local buses will take you to the Iron Age Farm (about a 10-minute ride) or to the beaches at Sola and Valard. Inquire at the tourist office for more information.

By Bike: You can rent bikes at the tourist office. One scenic cycle route takes you from Stavanger to the beach at Sola.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). For updated currency-conversion figures, visit www.xe.com. Most shops and restaurants will accept credit cards, but there are ATM's (called minibanks) throughout the harbor area if you need to withdraw cash. There are two by the tourist office, on either side of the Spare Bank building. You can also change bills only at the tourist office.

Language?

Norwegian is a varied language, with two written forms -- Nynorsk and Bokmal. When speaking, Norwegians use their own regional dialects but generally can understand each other. Most people speak excellent English, as kids learn it in school from an early age.

A few key phrases to know include: hallo (hello); tak (thank you); ja (yes); and nei (no).

Where You're Docked?

Ships dock right in town, at the Port of Stavanger. There are four berths, two in the inner harbor and two in the outer harbor. No matter your location, you'll be a five- to 10-minute walk from most downtown attractions.


Stavanger Cruise Reviews
A charming visit to a former cheese factory-- a cave full of troll statues where Norwegian pancakes and a tour through the countryside and the charming traditional streets of Stavanger. Read More
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wbeeman
Stavanger. We did an excursion called Baker’s Paradise and Waffles which was 4 hours and a great choice. Lovely scenery and great to see the local area. We had been to Stavanger before, so it is a nice port to walk aRead More
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Presto2
Love Stavanger and would like to go again. Some good museums and also the old town is interesting - I also think that there are some good trips to be taken from this base. Very accessible as a destination from the shRead More
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AuntyJo
Town is right where ship is docked. Lots to see and do in the port, you can book trips on the dockside. Great areas to sit and take in the sights of the townRead More
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