Stavanger and the Scenic Southern Fjords
10/8 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
Cradled in deep valleys and carved by retreating glaciers flowing to the sea, the Norwegian fjords are a miracle of nature. Approaching this magical region from Stavanger we enter a spellbinding landscape of cascading waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and mighty glaciers.
Choose to join Hebridean Princess in Invergordon and cross the North Sea, or fly to Stavanger and embark in Sandnes. Sailing south to Lysefjord Hebridean Princess negotiates the tight turn into this narrow gorge, past the soaring Pulpit Rock. Passing spectacular waterfalls, tumbling into the dark waters below, we make for Lysebotn at the head of the fjord and take a panoramic drive to Øygardstøl.
A city tour of Stavanger allows us to explore this fascinating port, with its old town and largest concentration of 18th century timber buildings in Europe. The little fishing town of Skudeneshavn is our next port of call where we discover the fascinating history of Norwegian life. The island of Karmøy tells us about the sovereigns who controlled the coast of Norway at the Nordvegen History Centre at Avaldsnes.
A morning at leisure in Espavær is enjoyed ahead of our excursion to the Stord Maritime Museum in Leirvik, and a scenic cruise of Norway’s second longest fjord, Hardanger and the steep-sided Fykesund fjord. Norheimsund plays host to our exploration of the Hardanger Maritime Museum before appreciating the dramatic 5,000 year old Folgefonna Glacier.
Bound for the island of Lysøen, the summer home of the eccentric 19th century violinist Ole Bull awaits and our voyage concludes with a city tour of Hanseatic Bergen.