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Stavanger: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Lysefjord and Preikestolen

Stavanger: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Lysefjord and Preikestolen

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Norwegian fjord landscape aboard a silent and electric boat. Sail from downtown Stavanger along the Lysefjord to Preikestolen, the so-called Pulpit Rock. See where the “vagrants” hid from the sheriff in the old days as the boat stops by Fantahålå (Vagabond’s Cave). Then gaze up at the famous and majestic rock formation Preikestolen, towering 604 meters above sea level. Next stop is the Hengjanefossen waterfall, where the crew brings the bow so close to the falls that you can feel its refreshing spray! Grab a snack from the onboard kiosk and relax on one of the sun decks or inside the spacious and comfortable cabin. Keep an eye out for the occasional seal sunbathing on a rock. Take in the idyllic scenery before returning to the port in Stavanger.

From Stavanger: RIB Tour to Lysefjord

From Stavanger: RIB Tour to Lysefjord

Accelerate to speeds of up to 35 knots on this guided RIB speedboat tour to Lysefjord. Stay safe along the way with the provided lifejackets, floating suits, and goggles. Pass by islands, waterfalls, caves, and stunning rock formations as you glide over the water.  Meet your skipper at the pier in the harbor at the heart of Stavanger. Gear up with your well-maintained equipment and embark on your RIB adventure. Head out of the city harbor slowly to admire view of Stavanger from the water.  Cruise under the city bridge and go full throttle on your way towards the fjords. Enjoy the wind in your hair while the boat flies on the water. Catch glimpses of city islands, fish farms, and cozy, traditional cabins that hug the waterside.  Keep your eyes peeled for seals and porpoises from below and fierce eagles from above. Once you arrive in Lysefjord make several stops to capture pictures at sights like the Vagabond Cave, Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), and some waterfalls. Relax on the trip back to Stavanger and disembark at the pier where you began your trip. 

From Stavanger: Lysefjord Sightseeing RIB Boat Tour

From Stavanger: Lysefjord Sightseeing RIB Boat Tour

Embark on a RIB boat safari tour and witness the breathtaking scenery of Norway's Lysefjord from Stavanger. Glide across its pristine waters, edging thrillingly close to its towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and flourishing fauna. See the renowned Pulpit Rock, a 600-meter-high plateau jutting out of the surrounding mountainside. Continue to the Vagabond Cave and learn about this old hideout for tax evaders. Gaze up at the beautiful Whisky Falls and marvel at this 75-meter-tall waterfall beneath an old moonshine distillery, and so much more. Unearth the pre-historic origins of the fjord and discover how the last ice age shaped its majestic cliffs and deep waters. Hear stories about some of the colorful characters who left their mark on the region, and keep an eye out for local wildlife, such as seals, porpoises, sea eagles, and more.

Stavanger: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

Stavanger: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

Visit the iconic landmarks of Stavanger with a hop-on hop-off bus tour at your own pace. Hop on, sit back and enjoy as you pass through iconic places like Stavanger Cathedral, Petroleum Museum, Museum of Archaeology, and more. Learn about the exciting history of the city with our entertaining audio guide available in 7 different languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Norwegian). You can get off at any of the stops along the route as many times you want in 24 hours and explore famous attractions such as the Victoria hotel, Ledaal, Strandkaien Cruise Terminal, Gamle Stavanger, and many more. An easy and enjoyable way to explore the marvelous Stavanger.

Stavanger: Preikestolen Classic Hike and Side Trail

Stavanger: Preikestolen Classic Hike and Side Trail

Embrace nature with a guided hike up to Preikestolen: one of Norway's most iconic hikes. Follow your guide on the path less hiked, so you can make the most of nature away from the crowds. Sart with a pick up from one of several designated locations in Stavanger. After a relaxing 40-minute drive, arrive at the trailhead. Here, learn about the trail, expected conditions, and useful tips for a fun day of hiking. When everyone is ready, begin your hike. If conditions allow it, follow your guide on a side-trail along the way. The pace allows for time to adjust clothing and equipment, time to rest and enjoy snacks, and for taking pictures along the way. After approximately 2.5 hours of hiking, arrive at the majestic Preikestolen – 604 meters above the legendary Lysefjorden. The sheer cliff face overlooks the fjord, and the panoramic view before your makes for a fantastic reward after all your hard physical work. After soaking in the scenery and relaxing your legs, head back down the mountain. Exhausted but satisfied, get back in the car and get driven back to Stavanger as you process your experience of a day well spent.

Stavanger: Guided Kayaking in Lysefjord

Stavanger: Guided Kayaking in Lysefjord

Meet your guide and experience kayaking in Norway. Learn the basics of paddling and explore the Fjord. See seals up close and personal, and marvel at the peaceful water. Paddle along the steep mountains, and into Vagabonds Cave. Pass Refsa dock and witness a lovely waterfall before turning back.

From Stavanger: Pulpit Rock Guided Hike with Pickup

From Stavanger: Pulpit Rock Guided Hike with Pickup

Embark on a journey into nature with a guided hike to the Preikestolen/Pulpit Rock, one of Norway's most captivating hikes. - Start your adventure straight from your accommodation in Stavanger by being picked up by your guide. - A 40-minute drive through the world's longest and deepest underwater tunnel and scenic views of Jørpeland will give you a wonderful start of the day. - At the basecamp your guide will share insights about the trail, expected conditions, and tips for a great day of exploration before heading off to an unforgettable day filled with adventure. - After approximately 2.5-hours of hiking, reach the majestic Preikestolen/Pulpit Rock, standing 604-meters (1,982 feet) above the sea. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a lunch break with the majestic view of Lysefjorden. - The relaxed hiking pace ensures plenty of time to adjust your gear, take leisurely breaks, savor snacks, and capture stunning photos along the way. - If conditions allows it, hike a hidden trail on the way back to the basecamp, making sure you get an even more unique experience. - Settle back into the van for the return to Stavanger and relax until you are safely back at your accommodation.

Stavanger: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Stavanger: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Visit Stavanger and be stunned by the beautiful landscapes including fjords, mountains and white beaches. The city also has an extensive historical background which is portrayed through the city's large number of museums. Stavanger is also Europe's oil and energy capital. Begin your tour at the first stop, the Strandkaien Cruise Terminal, for the full experience. The tour will continue to the Tourist Information Station, where passengers can hop-off and take a short walk over to Stavanger’s Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the most stunning works of architecture in the city and its interior is equally as beautiful. One of the tours most notable spots is the Petroleum Museum which has become one of the coasts most memorable landmarks. Located on the Port of Stavanger, its unique architecture makes it stand out from the crowd and its history inside is just as intriguing.  If you prefer a museum more focused on natural and cultural history, than hop-off at the 9th stop and visit the Stavanger Museum. There’s also a museum for art-lovers at stop 10. The museum boasts an extraordinary number of artwork, now totaling over 2,600. Another recommended stop to hop-off at is stop 11 – the Ledaal Royal Residence. This wonderful building is the official residence to the King of Norway. From the top-deck of the tour buses, you will be able to get brilliant photos of this famous building.  As the tour takes you to these iconic locations, you can also enjoy an informative on-board commentary that is available in 8 different languages. You can also enjoy free WiFi on-board. Tour Stops: 1) Stavanger Concert Hall (Temporary Stop) 2) Breiavannet / Stavanger Cathedral 3) Stavanger Cathedral 4) Petroleum Museum 5) Skansekaien 6) Petroleum Museum 7) St. Petri Church 8) Museum of Archaeology 9) Stavanger Museum 10) Mosvatnet Park 10) Museum of Art 11) Ledaal Royal Residence

Stavanger: Preikestolen Sunrise Hike with Breakfast Buffet

Stavanger: Preikestolen Sunrise Hike with Breakfast Buffet

Join a guided sunrise hike to Preikestolen, beat the crowds, and experience the sunrise over the Lysefjorden. Enjoy convenient roundtrip transportation from Stavanger. Avoid the thousands of people that will be on the trail during the high season, and hike in the peace and quiet of dawn instead. Start the adventure early in the morning after being picked up from one of several designated locations in Stavanger. After a 40-minute drive, arrive at the start of the trail. Receive a briefing from your guide including information about the trail, expected conditions, and useful tips for good hiking. When everyone is ready, switch your headlamps on, and begin the hike while it’s till dark and quiet. Let the moonlight and towering trees make your imagination run wild. Along the way, listen to all sorts of spooky folklore from your guide, and stop for snacks or to adjust clothes and equipment. After approximately 2.5 hours of hiking, reach Preikestolen, 604 meters right above the legendary Lysefjorden. Be rewarded with panoramic views of the fjord. If you are lucky, the sun will show itself as it climbs over the mountain ridges, so you can bathe in its warmth. After feasting your eyes on the scenery and relaxing for a while, head back down to Basecamp. In the comfort of the mountain lodge, recharge your batteries with a simple, but fresh and tasty breakfast. Then, get back in the car for a drive back to Stavanger.

Stavanger: Preikestolen Hike with Hotel/Ship Transfer

Stavanger: Preikestolen Hike with Hotel/Ship Transfer

Get on the bus at your hotel and then drive to the countryside. Arrive at the starting point of the hike, in the Ryfylke area, near the Lysefjord. Walk along the hiking trail and enjoy the scenery. After a while, arrive at Preikestolen, a cliff that is 1982 ft (604 meters) high. Learn how this cliff derived its name, which means Pulpit Rock. Hear how it used to be called Hyvlatonnå, meaning woodworker's plane tooth. Observe the flat top of this cliff, and marvel at a panoramic view of the fjord, and the peak of Kjerag, another popular mountain. Take some photos at the top of the cliff, and have some free time to stroll around. Enjoy the clear air at the top of this peak. Afterward, hike back down the cliff and then get back on the bus to return to the city. Drive to your hotel to finish the activity.

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My husband and I had an amazing trip. Really were accommodating and wanting us to get a unique experience. I highly recommend!!

The viewing areas on the upper deck were most adequate. Improvement might be more personal narration rather than the recorded.

Boy oh boy ... what an amazing experience.. We were 9 in the group with ages 12 - 75 All came out smiling 😃

Beautiful relaxing cruise with seeing some beautiful sights, lovely comfortable boat with great amenities

Excellent trip into the fjords! Our guide Axel was really great and lots of fun!!