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From Stavanger: RIB Safari Cruise to Lysefjord

1. From Stavanger: RIB Safari Cruise to Lysefjord

The tour starts in the bottom of the harbour in the center of Stavanger. Everyone is suited up in floating suits, lifejackets and goggles (all included) before embarking the RIB. First part of the ride goes slowly out of the city harbour. Here you get to see a lot of Stavanger from the sea side. Once the boats have passed under the city bridge the real fun begin! The boats accelerate up to 35 knots and head towards the fjords. The feeling is abolutely amazing! Enjoy the wind in your hair while the boat is "flying" on the water. On your way to the fjords you will pass the city islands, fish farms and a lot of traditional cabins located down by the water. If you are lucky you will see some wildlife on your way! Look in the water for seals and porpoises and look to the sky for eagles! Once you arrive in Lysefjord there will be sevaral stops for you to capture with your camera or simply just take in the amazing scenery. The stops includes the Vagabond Cave, Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and waterfalls! After about an hour the boat will turn around and head back to Stavanger. You will be disembarked at the same dock where you embarked.

Stavanger: Waterfalls Rocks and Caves Cruise

2. Stavanger: Waterfalls Rocks and Caves Cruise

Experience the Norwegian fjords throughout a scenic sightseeing cruise. The Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) are some of the most impressive sights you will enjoy throughout this tour, as you enjoy nature at its best from the convenience of a boat. One of the first memorable sights will be the mysterious Vagabond's Cave, a gorgeous cove where dramatic cliffs surround an aqua-marine pool. As legend has it, the cave was named after a group of vagabonds who hid in the shelter for months trying to escape police. You will then head to the famous Pulpit Rock, a natural rock formation consisting of a steep cliff which rises 1,981 feet above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau. It also has an almost flat top of approximately 80 meters across. Throughout this exhilarating tour of memorable Lysefjord with its towering waterfalls, idyllic islands, and breathtaking scenery, you'll also visit wild goats at a summer pasture, and taste clear mountain water from the Hengjane Falls.

Stavanger: Guided Hike to Kjerag Kjeragbolten

3. Stavanger: Guided Hike to Kjerag Kjeragbolten

Your tour will begin as you are picked up at 7:15AM from the location chosen whilst booking. Note that your drop off location, upon return, will be the same as the pickup location. You will begin with a drive from Stavanger to Eagle’s Nest, which is the trailhead for this hike. The journey is close to 2.5 hours, and is certainly not without its charm. Once having arrived, the trail will take you through beautiful mountainous terrain with changing landscape and impressive views of the area. Having reached the Kjerag plateau after 2 to 3 hours, you will spend time enjoying the views of the nearby nature and will have plenty of time to take photos. Some may be courageous enough to climb onto the bolt, and if you are lucky, you may be able to observe BASE jumpers diving from cliffs and down to Lysefjorden. This is also the ideal location to enjoy lunch, for those who have brought their own packed food. Your day will later conclude with your expected arrival to Stavanger at around 6:00PM.

From Stavanger: Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Guided Hike

4. From Stavanger: Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Guided Hike

Hike one of Norway’s most spectacular walking trails just a few hours from Stavanger, and get stunning views from the top of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) above the Lysefjorden fjord. Reach the edge of the near-vertical cliff and test your nerves of steel as you stand or sit close to the edge above crystal-clear waters. Enjoy a light snack as you take in the unobstructed views over a fjord formed by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Reconnect with the wilderness on the 4 to 6-hour trek using well marked and easy to follow paths. Face the challenge of rocks that may become slippery in more demanding areas before you reach the unparalleled views.

Stavanger: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

5. Stavanger: 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 7th stop and visit the Stavanger Museum. There’s also a museum for art-lovers at stop 9. The museum boasts an extraordinary number of artwork, now totaling over 2,600. Another recommended stop to hop-off at is stop 10 – 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. Please find a list of the tour stops below:  • Strandkaien Cruise Terminal • Tourist Information and Stavanger Cathedral • Petroleum Museum • Victoria Hotel • Petroleum Museum • Tourist Information and Stavanger Cathedral • Stavanger Museum • Museum of Archaeology • Stavanger Art Museum • Ledaal Royal Residence • Strandkaien Cruise Terminal

Stavanger: Lysefjord Kayaking Trip with Gear & Snacks

6. Stavanger: Lysefjord Kayaking Trip with Gear & Snacks

Explore the incredible fjord landscape in Lysefjordon on this guided kayaking tour. Learn the basics of kayaking, then embark on the water to see mountains, gorges, waterfalls, and wildlife. Take breaks to learn about the area and fully enjoy the scenery.  After meeting your guide, start with a short briefing about the trip, safety talk, and waivers. Gear up in the necessary paddling gear before walking (150 m) to the kayaks down by the fjord.  Adjust the seats and pedals of your kayak with the assistance of the guide, then set out on the water to learn the basic paddling techniques, including efficient forward paddling and how to steer the kayak. When you've got hold of the basics, follow your guide across the fjord where you'll be paddling closely along to the 300-400m tall mountains, exploring beautiful gorges and waterfalls, and hopefully meeting some of the curious seals of the fjord. Enjoy multiple short breaks on the water, where you can enjoy a chocolate snack and learn about local history, culture, and wild edibles in the fjord. Before turning around to head back home, paddle right below the Pulpit Rock.

Stavanger: Customized Private Tour with a Local

7. Stavanger: Customized Private Tour with a Local

In this customized trip, skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local's eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. The local guides are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since they are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. Meet at your accommodation to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Through conversations with your guide, learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it’s like to be a true local. The more notice, the better, as these tours are organized on demand and are completely personalized. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Stavanger: Guided Sunrise Hike to Pulpit Rock

8. Stavanger: Guided Sunrise Hike to Pulpit Rock

Your tour will begin as you are picked up at your location specified when booking. Note that drop off location, upon return, will be the same as pickup location. Your estimated pickup time is 5:00AM from your accommodation. Be ready 5 minutes before estimated pick up in front of main entrance. You will begin by heading to the Stavanger Ferry Station or Lauvvik Ferry Station, from where you will take the ferry across the fjord. From the other side is a short drive to Preikestolen Lodge, your starting point for the hike. The hike up will take you between 2-3 hours, with a distance of 4 kilometers each way. Once at Pulpit Rock, you will spend some time enjoying the sunrise and the beautiful nature, with plenty of time to take photos. You will also enjoy your packed lunch, beverages, and some snacks here. The hike back will likely also take 2 to 3 hours, and you can later expect to arrive in Stavanger at around 8:00AM-10:00AM.

Stavanger: Guided Winter Hike Pulpit Rock Preikestolen

9. Stavanger: Guided Winter Hike Pulpit Rock Preikestolen

After being picked up from your accommodation at 7:15 AM, head to the Stavanger or Lauvvik ferry station, and take the ferry across the fjord. From the other side, it is a short drive to Preikestolen Lodge, the starting point for the hike. The hike up will take you between 2 and 3 hours. Once at Pulpit Rock, spend some time enjoying the views of beautiful natural scenery and take some photos. Enjoy your packed lunch, beverages, and some snacks here. The hike back will likely also take 2 to 3 hours, and you can expect to arrive back in Stavanger around 3-4 PM. The distance covered is approximately 4 km each way and the level is easy to moderate. Depending on weather, snow, and ice conditions, the trail may become slippery in some of the more demanding areas. The supplier provides crampons if the conditions requiers it. Some hiking experience is desirable, but not mandatory. Hikers should be prepared with clothes and shoes for cold weather. Hiking boots are required on this hike, and can be rented when booking. Other suggestions include warm, windproof, and waterproof clothing. Bring some water with you to keep hydrated, preferably in a container you can refill on the trail. Norwegian mountains are full of crystal clear, clean, and very tasty water sources. Lunch will not be provided, but please bring your own snack. Each hiker is responsible for carrying his/her own gear, so a suitable backpack is recommended.

Stavanger: Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Stavanger: Self-Guided Audio Tour

This Norwegian city of Stavanger is built around a beautiful large natural harbor and is famously known as Europe’s oil capital. Learn about the city’s interesting history and visit some of the city’s 23 sculptures that are scattered around Stavanger. This audio tour will show you the breathtaking views of the Vagen Harbor and the great Stavanger Cathedral. See the Concert Hall, the Bjergsted Music Park, the Gamle Stavanger, Lake Breiavatnet, the Culture House and the Petroleum Museum and Geo Park.  This relaxing and easy-going city has a young feel with lots of restaurants and bars due to its large population of university students. Benefit from an entirely self-paced tour. Simply download your audio files and use them at your own leisure.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 149 reviews

We were picked up at our hotel and off we went. From Scandic Stavanger it's about a 45 minute drive. Arrived at the Preikestolen Base Camp, we received spikes and flashlights, if we didn't echo it ourselves :) Small tour info: The hiking trail (there and back) is 8km. 334m it goes up. The duration is about 2h each way. Sounds really easy, well, there are places where it goes up a lot. It won't be easy for complete hikers. An amazing view of the mountains all around and the marshland is fantastically beautiful. Our tour guide told us a lot, information about the landscape and the region. In summer it is unfortunately too crowded that there are regular traffic jams. And when you get to the platform, you can hardly take a real picture on it alone because there are many other visitors with you. In addition to nature, which carries a great deal of damage. Unfortunately very sad ); Even in winter it's beautiful up there :)

Despite rain and cold wind on top, the experience is absolutely unforgettable! The views are breathtaking. Our guide, Hega, was very nice and professional, she took care of us, so that we do not getting too wet and cold. The hike requires some basic skills, the clothes must be appropriate for weather (especially if it is rainy and windy), very important to wear hiking shoes, because there are many slippery stones (kind of stares) on the way up. My recommendation - do not cancel the hike if the weather is not very good and you have good clothes. The guide will cancel it if the weather does not allow the safe hike.

Impactante al llegar a la cima, los paisajes muy bonitos y la guía muy accesible, aunque no lo decía en el paquete, al llegar a la cima nos ofreció chocolate caliente o café, lo que nos ayudo con el clima.

The hike experience with Hege was brilliant. She was so patient with us and answered all our questions. We had na amazing time.

Ease of reservation and follow-up by the guide from 48 hours before