Welcome to the Stavanger cruise port guide. Stavanger is that pleasant little city in Norway and although we say “little” with 130.000 inhabitants it still is the 3rd largest city of the country. Stavanger might be one of the oldest cities in Norway. It never used to be anything significant, but today the oil industry is the key industry in the Stavanger region and therefore the city is often referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway. Stavanger at first sight might not sound like the most exciting destination on your itinerary, but you are wrong. There are lots of things to see and do right in the near area of the pier. The cutest neighboorhoods, the best the museum of the country and Norways oldest stone church are all a short stroll away from the dock. But this is not the only thing. You can choose to visit the fjords, visit the world famous pulpit rock or go for a ride through history. Discover underneath what your options are on what to see and do in Stavanger.
The best museum in Norway. You are missing out if you do not visit this one. It is a well presented museum that gives you everything you want to know about oil. Learn about the rigs, life in the oil industry, why can we find in front of the European coastline, how does it impact the economy and much more. Depending on where your ship docks the museum is a few minutes walk to the east.
This is a famous fjord in Norway, known for it’s light colored rock and preikestolen. Visit this fjord by boat as there are no road going into it. Most cruise lines will offer an excursion going to the Lysefjord. You can also take a cruise leaving close from your dock to the Lysefjord. Book it on the dock or online through a company called Rodne. It is about 50 km / 1,5 hrs drive to the east although most people visit is with the sightseeing tour offered in town.
In front of the cathedral you will find a market square where you can pick up your local souvenirs like t-shirts, local products and even reindeer skin.
When you see this very tiny staircase: stop. It leads from the harbor to the main square in front of the cathedral. The steps are there so that the ducks who breed outside of the city can bring their little ones back to the city in spring time. This happens every spring. When this happens the Norwegian are obligated to call the police so that the police can give the little duckies an escort over the square to the garden behind the cathedral. The steps are in the city centre.
Stavanger is known for its white wooden houses. There is one exception to the rule: Øvre Holmegate. This is without doubt the most colourful street of Stavanger. Find many lovely stores and coffee places here.
Stavanger offers 4 docking locations where cruise ships can dock. All of them are located right in front of the city center of Stavanger. For all the information we recommend you to visit the full Stavanger cruise port guide.
Just out of town you will find a lake with three enormous bronze swords standing on its shore lines. These stand monument to the battle of Harfsfjord that took place here in 872. From port it is 5 km / 15 minute drive south of the port.
The canning museum is located in the former canning factory. With all the fathers on sea catching fish the women and children were left behind to work in the canning factory. See here how the working conditions were and why only tiny little children hands could fill the sardines cans. Depending on where you dock the canning factory is a few minutes walk. You’ll find it is Gamla Stan “old stavanger”.
The city of Stavanger stands full of sculptures and statues. There is a reason why every single one of them is there. Like the one on the main square. This is Alexander Kielland. He was one of the most famous Norwegian writers in the 19th century and he was born in Stavanger.
The museum that represents archeology, natural sciences and modern cultural history. It is a very nice museum to visit, especially if you want to know more about vikings and their voyages. From port is 15, km / 20 min walk to the south.
The Iron Age Farm is a reconstructed farmstead from the Migration Period. From here you’ll have a wonderful view over the surrounding area, but more importantly a better view on Iron Age life. You’ll be welcomed as a guest on the farm and the girls an boys will take you through daily life on a farm like this. They will tell you about their clothing, their animals and how to keep warm in icy cold areas like this. It is 5 km / 15 minute drive south of the port.
This tall modern piece of art is the eye catcher of the port. Many locals did not get the meaning of it. It is called the “Shrimp” statue because of its form. It actually commemorates the sailors that where lost at sea.
This is the oldest stone church of Norway. It was build in 1125 when Stavanger only had 200 inhabitants. It is one of the most interesting buidlings in the country, especially because there is so much history behind it. Did you know this is the only church in the world depicting a devil? Take you time to get into the stories behind the church. The Cathedral is only a few hundred meter walk from the ship.
This 19th century structure is the old watchtowers and watchmens’s museum. This used to be the highest point in town and men used to stand watch here to raise the alarm whenever a fire was spotted. From here you will have a lovely view over the harbor and your ship in port. The watch tower is in the city centre.
In the city centre you will find the Maritime Museum of Stavanger where you can learn more about the history of Stavanger as fishing village and much more.
At the end of the bay you will find a small builing that houses the fish market. Inside you will find all kind of fishy products from the local area. Try all kind of sausages, king crab or the famous Norwegian crab cakes.
This is “old Stavanger” where you’ll find a 173 white washed houses from the 18th century. This used to be the poorest neighbourhood of Stavanger. The mothers and children used to work in the canning factory and the fathers were out on sea. Why were houses white? Red is the colour of copper, yellow color means you used fish oil to paint your house and if you had something to spend… you painted your house white. Gamla stan is in the city centre.
This is the one thing that you shouldn’t miss in Stavanger. The famous pulpit rock is within your reach although it is not an easy reach. It will take you at least 8 hours and you need to be in good shape. Details will be available soon to tell you how to do it. Plan 8 hours to be able to do it!