SHORE EXCURSIONS IN NORWAY

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OSLO SHORE EXCURSIONS

1.- BEST OF OSLO BY LAND AND SEA (4.5HRS)

After being met by your private English-speaking guide in front of the cruise ship terminal, you will be whisked off in a private car for a 2-hour tour of Oslo’s highlights.

One of them is the Viking Ship Museum, where you will see three stunning Viking-era burial vessels, excavated right there on the shores of the Oslofjord. A trove of artifacts buried with various chieftains in burial mounds around the area has been gathered there as well. These are well-preserved and serve as excellent examples of the Vikings’ daring initiative and ship-building craftsmanship.
You will also visit the park known for the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, the most prominent among Norwegian sculptors of the 20th century. Vigeland’s 227 granite and bronze sculptures, depicting the human experience from birth to death, are scattered throughout the park.
Then you will board a sightseeing boat at City Hall for a delightful and fascinating 2-hour harbor and Oslofjord cruise.





2.- OSLO HIGHLIGHTS (4HRS)
Your introduction to Oslo begins with a drive through the central part of the city, where you’ll see the Parliament building, the National Theatre, the new Opera House, and the Royal Residence. As you pass by residential villas, you’ll see how many people live inside the city proper. Next, you’ll drive uphill to the new Holmenkollen Ski Arena for a spectacular view (and photo opportunity) of the city and the fjord.

Once you have taken in the view, you’ll proceed to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, where 30 years of Norway’s famous sculptor, Gustav Vigeland’s, work is on display. The figures, which number more than 150, are made of stone, iron, and bronze and are exhibited in a perfect park setting.
Finally, you’re off to the Bygdøy Peninsula, which was once owned by the king. It is now the site of five museums, including the fascinating Kon-Tiki Museum, which houses the original balsa raft used by Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 on a voyage from Peru to Polynesia. There is a good selection of documentary material on display and another raft that Heyerdahl used to cross the Atlantic in 1970.
You’ll also visit the nearby Viking Ship Museum where three ships are on display. This museum houses the contents of the burial mounds of several chieftains laid to rest around the Oslofjord. The ships were used as burial vessels and the best preserved is the Oseberg ship which was excavated in 1904. Its beautiful decorations show that it was constructed as a pleasure boat and the remnants found suggest it was used to bury a wealthy woman, perhaps Queen Åsa, the grandmother of King Harald Fairhair who gathered Norway into one kingdom in 872 C.E.
As we return along the coastline, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the harbor -- full of pleasure boats and surrounded by summer residences. You will likely catch a glimpse of "Oscarshall" Castle, built as the summer castle of King Oscar I.


STAVANGER SHORE EXCURSIONS


1.- STAVANGER HIGHLIGHTS (4HRS)
For centuries Stavanger and the surrounding area have played a leading part in Norway’s maritime history, dating back to when the Viking Kings battled in Hafrsfjord. Travelling through the rich agricultural countryside your first stop is Ullandhaug and the reconstructed Iron Age farmhouses. Enjoy magnificent views over Harfrsjord where the Viking King Harald Harfagre (the Fairhair) defeated the last of the regional princes in 872. This united the 29 small kingdoms under one crown and founded the kingdom of Norway. 
Coming into Stavanger, visit the 12th -century Cathedral of St Swithin. Of all the Norwegian churches built during the middle ages, Stavanger Cathedral is the only one to have retained its original features. You will have the opportunity to take a walk through the charming area of old Stavanger, with its picturesque and well preserved wooden houses in narrow lanes dating back to the 18th century. 



2.- ULSTEIN MONASTERY (4HRS)


Travel through a three mile long tunnel to tranquil Moster Island. Sheep and cows graze in the lush countryside as you continue on towards Ustein Kloster, the best preserved monastery in Norway.

From the 13th century, Augustine monks lived in this peaceful countryside. Learn the history of this haunting building as you are escorted through its timeless rooms. A short organ recital will be performed in the chapel after which you will be served morning coffee and home-made waffles.
Returning to Stavanger, take a short walk through the old town back to the harbour. Stroll along narrow streets and view the picturesque, white painted, wooden houses so typical of this part of the world. 






BERGEN SHORE EXCURSIONS

1.- THE BEST OF BERGEN (4HRS)

Until 1830, commerce and shipping were key in Bergen, and one of the four major Hanseatic trading offices was located here. Your tour starts with a drive along the German pier with its wooden buildings with pointed gables, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see how the people of Bergen live today with a brief city tour including Nordnes Peninsula, which bisects the harbor. Take a funicular ride up to Mount Fløien, 1,200 feet above sea level. From the top you can enjoy a magnificent view of Bergen and the surroundings. As you return to the lower funicular station, your tour continues on foot to the famous Fish & Flower Marketand through the ancient buildings and alleyways of the Bryggen Wharf—a scene straight out of the Middle Ages








2.- WALKING BERGEN (3HRS)


Picture a sea of triangular rooftops and rainbow-coloured buildings, all backed by tree-cloaked mountains, and you’ll have an idea of what Bergen looks like. Norway’s second-largest city is storybook pretty, and it’s got a lively history that dates back to the Middle Ages. On this walking tour, you’ll uncover some of the most famous sights, including the old German merchant buildings. Back in 1702, a fire ripped through the city, destroying them all. Now rebuilt, they’ve been made to look just as they did back then. They’re so impressive, in fact, the area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bergenhus fortress and the soaring tower of Rosenkranz are also on the agenda, and you’ll explore the winding streets that snake up towards the foot of the mountains. Down by the harbour, meanwhile, a string of artists’ studios, restaurants and craft shops line up – most of which have hardly changed over the years. Your final stop will be at the Hanseatic Museum, which charts the difficult working life of the city’s old German merchants.