Monday, July 01, 2024

2024 Viking Homelands - Day #9 - Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger Walking Tour & Oil Museum

Enjoy a Tour of Old Town Stavanger

Get well acquainted with Stavanger and its beautifully preserved old town on this included tour.

From our berth right in the heart of town, you can walk with ease to Gamle Stavanger, or Old Stavanger. In this attractive pedestrian district, stroll cobblestone streets among close to 250 buildings protected by a conservancy. They range in date from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and are considered the best kept wooden houses in Northern Europe. Destined for demolition during the 1950s, they were saved largely by the city’s architect, Einar Hedén. You will also visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Browse its fascinating exhibits about geology, technology and harnessing the power of oil. You will learn about life on board oilrigs and the drama of everyday life at sea. After, linger in Stavanger at your leisure and return the short distance to your ship on your own.
A Taste of Stavanger

Walk Through the Old Town and Savor Culinary Delights

Indulge in 200 years of Norwegian food culture with tastings throughout Stavanger’s bustling old town.

From our berth right in the heart of the town, meet your guide and walk with ease to vibrant Gamle Stavanger, or Old Stavanger. In this attractive pedestrian district, stroll the cobblestone streets winding along the many well-preserved 18th- to early 20th-century buildings as your guide mixes tales of the city’s rich history with explanations of how Norwegians’ eating habits have evolved over the centuries. You will make stops along the way to savor the aromas and taste several different food items that have played a significant role in the development of Stavanger, from its days of canning smoked sardines and herring to the present day. Many of the city’s resident chefs are ranked among the best in Europe, and Stavanger is considered a premier culinary destination.
With an early excursion, we were up at 6 am and moving. We had a light breakfast at Mamsen's. I had oatmeal and some fruit, while Sharon had a roll.

We met the guide (Bent) for the Stavanger Walking Tour & Oil Museum excursion at 7:15 am. It was raining very lightly. It stopped before the excursion started and we didn't get rained on for the rest of the day.

We toured the city and ended up at the Oil Museum. The Oil Museum was interesting. The guide had a day job as an electrician on the rigs and had a passion for the subject.

After a quick stop at the room, we did A Taste of Stavanger excursion. Wandering back into the old city, we did a sardine testing in a house connected to the Norwegian Canning Museum. The four different sardines were each prepared in a different way. Afterwards, we had a guided tour of the museum focusing on the canning process.

From there, we walked to No. 18 Kulturkafe. We had a taste of waffles with different topping.

The last stop was at Chili Chocolate. After a presentation by the owner, we had a hot chocolate and sampled some different chocolates.

We got back to the boat as they were packing up and preparing to pull away the gangway. The ship departed just after 1 pm.

I really enjoyed walking around the city. We would have liked to have had some free time to wander around on our own. Two other cruise ships docked after we arrived in the early morning. Over the course of the day, there were more and more people wandering around.

Back on the boat, we had a light lunch at Mamsen's (open face shrimp sandwich). After lunch, Sharon did some shopping, while I went to the fitness center and did a 15 minute core workout and 22 minutes walking and running on the treadmill.

Over the course of the rest of the afternoon, we went to a future travel presentation focusing on Oceans cruises and then the Port Talk for Oslo. We are back in Oslo on Tuesday.

Getting cleaned up for dinner, we went to the Explorers' Lounge for a cocktail. We had dinner in The Restaurant.

We decided to do a common table. We ended up sitting with an Austrailian couple (Conrad and Margo) and a New Zealand couple (Ralph and Loraine). The New Zealand couple were retired diary farmers from North of Auckland. It was a very nice evening. We ended up sitting and talking for a couple of hours. We were the last people to leave the restaurant! Sharon had squid stuffed with shrimp and crab, while I had veal schnitzel.

Sharon and I had gone to dinner early with the plan to go to bed early, but we ended up going to bed at 11 pm.

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