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Stavanger Cruises

This charming seaport offers an ideal jumping off point for exploring Norway’s famous Lysefjord with its cliffside scenery and looming Pulpit Rock, yet there are plenty of reasons to spend some time in Stavanger. This starts with its whitewashed harbourside buildings, and includes an enviable culinary scene, plethora of museums, and quaint rows of shops to explore. There are centuries of history in this region, leading back 10,000 years and into the Viking era – don’t miss the Iron Age artefacts on display. Today, Stavanger is the centre of Norway’s oil industry with a lively atmosphere.

Stavanger Cruises

What You Need To Know About Stavanger

What are the can’t-miss sights in Stavanger?

An undoubted highlight of Stavanger is simply having a wander around the picturesque old town, with its historic rows of wooden houses decorated with fresh flowers in the window boxes. Learn more about the local industries here with a visit to the Canning and Petroleum Museums, or visit the Iron Age Farm for a fascinating glimpse at life in the 4th century! Many visitors to Stavanger head straight for the Lysefjord to see its magnificent vertical cliffs on a boat tour. Pulpit Rock is another must-see natural attraction in the area, rising out of the water. Hike to the top for rewarding views!

How can you reach Stavanger from the cruise terminal?

Your ship will drop you off right in the historic harbour area, so you don’t need to worry about getting into town. Shops, restaurants, and museums are just a few steps away after you’ve left the terminal. In fact, a good part of Old Stavanger is pedestrian-only so you don’t have any other options! If you’re planning to explore beyond the immediate harbour area, you can take the hop-on, hop-off bus. Buses are also on hand to take you to popular attractions like the Iron Age Farm, just a 10-minute journey away. And if you want to get around like a local, hire a bicycle.

When is the best time to visit Stavanger?

When choosing a time to visit Stavanger, you’ll need to keep the climate in mind. Although the temperatures stay relatively mild throughout the year, the winter can be quite rainy particularly during December and January! You can plan to spend your time in the city’s museums then, or bring your waterproofs for exploring the fjords. Early summer is an ideal time to visit when temperatures are warmer and days drier. July and August are the high season, bringing sunnier days and higher volumes of tourists. It can be a lovely time to visit, but expect to pay a premium.


We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Stavanger and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.
Cruise Expert Alana Mills

Alana Mills


Norway is a fabulous place to visit so if you haven’t been yet you know what to do.Cameras cannot really capture the beauty it is one of those things you have to experience to enjoy.

Lesley Millward

Lesley Milward


Stavanger huge in the oil industry so there is a lot of business like industries there but there is also the old history part. The main church is worth taking a look, founded in the 9th century!


Norwegian cuisine is seasonal and fresh, focusing on locally caught fish and an abundance of berries. You can sample reindeer steaks, Norwegian waffles with cloudberries and cream, or the unique brown goat’s cheese in Stavanger’s restaurants. Many are located in the old warehouses lining the harbour, offering a meal with a view.

Journey about a half hour outside of town and you’ll find Utstein Monastery, which was constructed during the medieval era. You can enjoy a guided walk of its interior and museum, or explore the nearby fort and lighthouse. Within Stavanger, there’s a well-preserved medieval cathedral as well blending Gothic and Anglo-Normal styles in its beautiful, intricate architecture.

The Iron Age Farm is an exciting recreation of a typical village in the region, showing you what life would have been like between 350 and 550 AD. The buildings were put together with assistance from archaeologists, with farm workers dressed up in period clothing to re-enact the day-to-day duties here.

In addition to the Petroleum and Canning museums, Stavanger hosts plenty of other cultural outlets to keep you busy on a rainy day. Explore the Maritime Museum, Stavanger Art Museum, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, or Museum of Archaeology.

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