The tour goes through the city center with its fish and farmer's market, a visit to the Cathedral, onwards to Utstein Kloster through the Bytunnelen subsea tunnel; on returning to the town, there is an optional walk in the Old Stavanger area, before returning to the pier.
Driving through the harbor area with its thriving fish and farmer’s market, the first stop is the Stavanger Cathedral (photo stop) – one of the few churches in Norway that has kept its original design. It was consecrated to St. Svithun, bishop of Winchester 852-862. Stavanger is still referred to as the town of St. Svithun.
Then the tour goes on to Utstein Kloster, situated on the island of Mosterøy; Utstein Kloster is mentioned in historical records going back to the 9th century; construction of the Monastery started about 1260, although some parts may be older dating from the earlier royal farm on the site. The Church is unique in Norway with its tower situated centrally between chancel and nave.
The Augustinian monks lived a pious life. Physical work was banned. At its peak the
Monastery is believed to have housed 20-30 monks, with about double that number of
After the Reformation, the Monastery was empty during long periods and fell into disrepair. When Christopher Garmann moved here in 1750, the buildings were refurbished, though sometimes in a very different form; there will be a guided tour of the premises.
Back in Stavanger, there is an optional walk in the Old Stavanger, a very charming part of the old town. There is an optional guided walk of 5-10 min back to the ship, passengers not wishing to walk, may return to the pier by coach.