The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 6 children- Boy age 14, Girl age 14, Girl age 14, Girl age 10, Boy age 7, & Girl age 2.
Hours: Daily departures between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults: 420 NOK; Children (4-15): 250 NOK; family passes for 6
available at 1050 NOK
Description: This public ferry takes passengers through many scenic vistas, through the Lysefjord and near Pulpit Rock. As the boat glides through the steep cliffs the scenery is beautiful.
Our Experience: This cruise is recommended by our family, and everyone enjoyed the experience. From the water, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord. This is a three hour cruise which can get crowded, depending upon the time of year you go, so be sure to get there early for a good viewing seat on the boat’s top deck. Our entire family enjoyed the leisurely pace of this tour not to mention the incredible views. The scenery was beautiful and unlike anything we had ever seen before. It was a winner for everyone. Although we would have loved to have tried to hike to Pulpit Rock, rather than see it from the cruise, time did not allow for us to take the hike. This was a great way for us to see Pulpit Rock (though of course seeing it from the water is very different from seeing it from the top!).
Hours: Open around the clock (it is mostly a residential area)
Description: Old Stavanger is an historic area and neighborhood that contains almost 200 buildings that were built around the turn of the 18th century, a large number of them small cottages. Although we were told that there were several boutiques that offer hand crafted items, and numerous galleries to browse in as well, we only saw a small handful of shops, so we cannot recommend this area if you are merely looking for serious shopping.
Our Experience: Since we were in the area, we decided to walk around the town of Old Stavanger. This is an older neighborhood with steep streets and quaint older houses and buildings. We were surprised to find that there were no coffee shops in which to grab a beverage and a break, at least none that we noticed. Overall this was a pleasant walk, but it was not rated top for the kids and other stops provided more fun and excitement. This activity may not be ideal for very small children who may get bored easily.
Address: Kjeringholmen , Postboks 748 Sentrum, 4004 Stavanger
Phone: +47 51 93 93 00
Hours: June 1st through August 31st 10am-7pm every day, September 1st
through May 31st 10am-4pm every day, except Sunday 10am-6pm
Admission: NOK 50 children, NOK 100 adults
Overall Rating: We did not go into the museum, but highly recommend the unusual playground outside the museum.
Description: The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is a museum dedicated to oil and gas. Visitors can learn how oil and gas are discovered, produced, refined, and how these are used in various industries and areas of life. There are interactive exhibits, multimedia displays, films, interesting items, a unique playground outside, and more.
Our Experience: Our kids (as well as many other kids) really enjoyed the unusual playground that is outside of the building. The playground is constructed from old petroleum drilling equipment and it is a unique one of a kind play area. It is also a hit with the local children too, so we knew we were in the right place. We stayed for 45 minutes and our children would have been glad to extend their play time at this unique playground. Highly recommended by all of the kids in our family!
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips