4 reasons to visit Stavanger
'Off-the-beaten' tourism track, Stavanger in Norway has lots to offer.
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7 days - Independent tour hiking Pulpit Rock, visiting Stavanger and Bergen then spa retreat on the fjords
Western Norway is famous for its beautiful and easily accessible fjords and mountains. The area in and around Stavanger offers numerous amazing nature experiences. From steep mountains and lovely fjords to long, wild beaches: everything is within easy reach of the city of Stavanger.
Within easy reach of Stavanger, the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is one of the best-known tourist attractions in Norway - a magnet for tourists for hundreds of years and this is your chance to stand on top! The characteristic mountain shelf with a 25 metre squared plateau stands 604 metres over the magnificent Lysefjord. Cruise along the fjords and join a hike to the top of Pulpit Rock.
Ferry to Bergen and discover it's historic charms with your private guide. Then it is time to jet off to the Norwegian fjords for a spa retreat in a historic fjordside hotel. Enjoy long leisurely evenings in the garden and vintage dining room after kayaking or swimming in the fjords.
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As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.
The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.
Local rail and ferry.
International flights, lunches and dinners not detailed in the program and items of personal nature.
Arrive Stavanger and individual transfer into your centrally located hotel. Explore the lovely winding streets and admire the colourful wooden houses of old Stavanger, visit the beautiful Stavanger Cathedral or one of the museums in town.
Spend the day on a full tour of the beautiful Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock. Firstly, take an electric boat first on a fjord cruise through beautiful Lysefjord, sailing in the near silence through stunning Norwegian scenery.
On the way to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), stop to feed goats grazing on the mountainside. With luck, you might even see a seal basking in the sun on the rocky shore. Then see Fantahålå (Vagabond’s Cave) where the “vagrants” hid from the sheriff in the old days. Shortly afterward, see the magnificent Preikestolen, 604 metres above the boat, a little while before you hike up to enjoy the view from the top. Then continue to the mighty Hengjanefossen waterfall where the crew steers the boat so close to the towering falls that you might feel its refreshing spray on your face!
After a fjord cruise, a bus picks you up at Forsand and takes you to Preikestolen lodge at the trailhead for the hike up to the world-famous Preikestolen plateau. The hike takes roughly two hours each way and is an unforgettable adventure! Return to Stavanger by bus through the world’s longest underwater tunnel.
This morning, it is an early start to the port to catch the ferry to Bergen (5-6 hours). This beautiful sea route between Bergen and Stavanger allows you to recharge your batteries and enjoy a good meal in one of the many restaurants while you admire the fjords and the Norwegian coastline.
Arrive and transfer to our wharf side hotel.
Bergen is the perfect strolling town and your private guide will accompany you this morning in doing just that. Explore the historical centre of Bergen, being transported back to a time when Bergen was the centre of political power and trade for the entire North Atlantic. It was the Capital of the Kingdom of Norway for a short period, before the capital was moved to Oslo in 1299, and the town grew to become the largest in Scandinavia.
The Hanseatic League established itself here in 1350 and had a trade monopoly that lasted 200 years. While in Bergen you might wish to visit the UNESCO heritage listed historical area around the harbour known as the Bryggen district, and the home of Edvard Grieg, Troldhaugen, Norway's internationally famous composer. Enjoy lunch at the new Bergen Fish Market - a fantastic modern architectural designed building with a great outdoor and indoor dining area.
With its magnificent view of the fjord and the mountains, Solstrand Hotel & Spa has fascinated guests from Norway and around the world since 1896. Beautiful sunrises, clear sea and the sound of gulls that herald springtime. Private transfer after breakfast and enjoy a day by the fjords.
Spend the day in Solstrand Spa and Bath, strolling in the garden and along the sea. Maybe a trip on the fjord in a kayak or rowing boat can be tempting?
At Solstrand you can swim in the sea year-round. Stroll from the pools and saunas indoors right to the fjord. A staircase elegantly leads you out – or you can wade along the pebble beach.
After breakfast, private transfer to the Bergen airport and end of services.
All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. The safety of our travellers, staff and operators is a major priority of 50 Degrees North. With an operational office in Norway, 50 Degrees North has access to an up-to-the-minute flow of information regarding the countries we work in. We are also in regular contact with the various operators we use. Their in-depth knowledge and understanding of their various areas is vital.