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Norway - the ultimate nature-based cruise destination


Photo:Terje Rakke Nordic Life._ Region_Stavanger

Stavanger Cruise Port

The shortcut to the Norwegian fjords

Located in the south-western corner of Norway, the Stavanger region is indeed the shortcut to the Norwegian fjords. Nothing is far away, and cruise ships dock in the very city centre, near the oldest part of the town, Old Stavanger. Just a short stroll away is the lovely Stavanger Cathedral, and the charming city centre with its cobbled pedestrian streets. The landscape in the region varies between fjords, beaches and steep mountains. The Lysefjord and the iconic Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) are just an hour’s boat trip away from the city. The Stavanger region was where Norway once became united into one kingdom in the famous Viking battle that took place in Hafrsfjord in 872 AD. The city is furthermore rich on cultural experiences, having been the European Capital of Culture in 2008. Stavanger is among the fastest growing cruise ports in Europe, north of Gibraltar. Being the 3rd largest Norwegian cruise port, Stavanger and its surroundings have become a popular and attractive stop on cruises to Norway. Locally trained and authorised local guides handle 23 different languages.

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Attractions & Excursions

Old Stavanger
Photo:Anders Bang- Andersen

Old Stavanger

Old Stavanger is a cluster of 173 small, white, wooden houses built some 200 years ago. Some of them now house craft shops, galleries and museums. The area is a National Heritage Site, and is also where The Norwegian Canning Museum is located.
Stavanger Cathedral
Photo: Eduardo Grund. Region Stavanger

Stavanger Cathedral

Built in the Anglo-Norman style in 1125 AD, when the town only had 200 inhabitants, Stavanger Cathedral is a scaled down replica of Winchester Cathedral in England. It is one of the few churches in Scandinavia that has kept its original design. Its patron saint is St Svithun.
Swords in Rock
Photo:Terje Rakke Nordic Lifer. Region Stavanger

Swords in Rock

Standing 30 feet high on the edge of Hafrsfjord Bay, are three swords set into the mountain rock as a memorial to King Harald I, “Harald Fairhair”, who founded Norway in 872 AD and who became its first king.
Fascinating museums
Photo: Espen Grønli. Norsk Oljemuseum. RegionStavanger

Fascinating museums

The Norwegian Canning Museum and The Norwegian Petroleum Museum are within easy walking distance from the port. The Maritime Museum and the Museums’ Information Centre are right in port, near the Fish Market.
The heart of the city centre
Photo: Anders Bang- Andersen

The heart of the city centre

This area consists mainly of shops in wooden houses and narrow, cobbled streets. Shops and shopping centres offer a wide variety of top quality products and famous brands. The price level is the same as in Norway in general. There is ample scope for Tax free Shopping.
Boat trip to the Lysefjord
Photo Lene Pedersen Rodne

Boat trip to the Lysefjord

Experience the impressive Lysefjord and one of Norway’s spectacular wonders, Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), which rises 604 m (1968 ft) above sea level. Fetch drinking water from a waterfall at “Fantahola”, or feed goats! (3,5 hours)

Port Facilities

ISPS approved Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships Yes
Pilot Channel 13
Tidal movement 0,5 m
Ship tenders allowed Yes
Ships stay minimum/maximum No limitations
Maximum number of ships per day in port 5
Maximum number of passengers per day in port 10.000
Environmental limitations/restrictions Governmental standards, best practice
Other Stavanger is making huge investments in modernising both quays and pedestrian areas to improve its facilities as an attractive cruise port.

Maximum Ship Dimensions

Length No relevant limit
Draft 7,5-10 m Deeper when pontoons are used
Air draft No limits
Beam 260-345 degrees


Pontoons Yes
Tugboat Yes, upon request

Port Services

Bunkers Upon request by truck or boat
Supplies Yes
Waste handling Yes
Fresh water 300,000 litres/hour
Waste water method Trucks
Other 24 hour engineering,electronics and diving service
Are the port facilities according to Cruise Norway's quality guidelines? Yes, when applicable


Port of Stavanger

Phone +4751 50 12 00
Contact person Anders Bang-Andersen,Director of Cruise Development
Mailing Address Strandkaien 46, NO-4005 Stavanger
Visiting Address Strandkaien 46
Port control
Charts Norway 16
Emergency channel (VHF) Channel 16
Medical Emergency 113
Pilot channel (VHF) Channel 13
Distance to nearest pilot station

Buses Not relevant, - short distances
Taxi Yes (300 m)
Shopping 10-500 m
Tax refund Yes, on board by appointment
Distances - airport 15 km / Stavanger Airport, Sola (SVG)
Distance to city centre 50-300 m

Crew facilities:
Free computers few hundred meters away
Free city walks, by appointment
Free access to all museums


Mailing Address Domkirkeplassen 3
Visiting Address Region Stavanger BA,Vagsgt. 22, NO-4306 Sandnes
Phone +47 51 85 92 00
Contact person
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