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21st June, 2013



We arrived into Stavanger to wet weather and grey cloudy skies. This pretty port is a regular call for us with the cobbled streets and small white painted wooden house of the Gamla Stan (Old Stavanger) on one side and the town on the other side boasting a beautiful 12th century cathedral.

This is one of only a few cathedrals in Scandinavia that has kept its original design.

Built in the late 1700’s the wooden houses were originally homes for families employed by the many canning factories, which was then a
huge industry.

Stavanger offers plenty to see and do for the independent passenger as well as many fabulous and well executed tours for those who like to be escorted by experienced local and
knowledgeable guides.

All of our tours from Stavanger included lots of information on the city itself, particularly about the various landmarks and sites of interest nearby. We also had some slightly different tours available, notably the ‘Flor and Fjaere’ Gardens.

Located on a small fjord island, this unique botanical garden was blooming with exotic flora and palm trees you would never expect to find so far north!

Flor and Fjaere Gardens

This paradise garden island was established in 1965 by Åsmund Bryn who built a home here his for his family. One of the many visitors to this island was Queen Sonja of Norway who chose to celebrate her 70th birthday in this magical
garden delight.

Another stunning tour from Stavanger was our ‘Lysefjord boat trip’ where passengers could see the famous and much photographed landmark of Pulpit Rock, which is one of Norway’s most popular attractions.

The passengers also sailed close to the eerie Vagabonds Cave whilst admiring the steep slopes and lush green mountain sides of Lysefjord.

There was also time for passengers to step ashore to enjoy delicious Norwegian waffles, cream and homemade strawberry jam. Definitely a highlight on this fabulous tour!

So, all in all, our passengers had a very enjoyable day in Stavanger, even though the weather was not in our favour.

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