Give your meeting an edge by inviting your team on an astonishing fjord cruise under the mighty Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) along the Lysefjord.
Preikestolen, not far from Stavanger, is a peculiar rock formation that is formed like a huge pulpit. In 2011, it was listed as one of the world's most spectacular views and natural attractions by Lonely Planet and CNN GO travel magazine. Moreover, it is surprisingly accessible from Stavanger's city centre. No wonder it is one of the most visited attractions in Norway.
Viewed from a sightseeing boat along the stunning Lysefjord, you get an impressive view of the rock that looms 597 metres above sea level. The 42 kilometre long Lysefjord is a pearl in the Norwegian fjord landscape, which was formed during a series of ice ages. Mountains soar up to 1,000 metres above sea level on both sides of the fjord and in some places it ranges as deep in the fjord as it is high above sea level.
In addition to a rare view of a unique natural attraction, you will get a good idea of how locals live in the area – most likely, you will meet a number of Norwegians spending the day on their leisure boats.
The trip runs all year and is available in different formats – from a one hour and 45 minute tour. There is also combined boat and hiking tour that takes around eight hours (available in June, July and August). No matter which option you choose, you can be sure to create a memory for life - the perfect conclusion to your business event.
Price example (2015): NOK 450 per person for a three hour trip, NOK 750 for a combined cruise and hike.
Find out more
Most of the incentive programmes the Stavanger Convention Bureau puts together for their clients are tailor-made, so do not hesitate to get in touch with them so they can help you plan your event.
Stavanger Convention Bureau
Tel/fax: +47 51 62 82 14
Arrange a group tour of the Petroleum Museum in Stavanger and find out how the discovery of oil in the North Sea changed the fortunes of Norway.
In 1969, oil was discovered in the North Sea. The rest is history – find out the impact this discovery had on Norway at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, which opened in May 1999.The museum is a fun place to learn about the oil industry in Norway as well as about oil and energy resources in general.
During a visit to the museum, you will find the answer to the following questions and more:
Why is there oil and gas in the North Sea?
What technology do we need to extract these resources?
What are oil and gas used for?
What is it like living and working on an oil rig out at sea?
What does crude oil look like?
The museum building, designed by architects Lunde & Løvseth, is an attraction in itself and an exciting landmark in the port of Stavanger.
An incentive tour at the museum includes guided tours of the exhibitions followed by delicious food at the Bølgen & Moi Café. The museum also offers conference facilities for up to 80 participants, so it is perfectly possible to combine meeting and incentive on the same premises – very convenient if you are only visiting for a day or two.
Relax after your business meeting among tropical flowers and palm trees, with panoramic views of the fjord and mountains.
A tropical island with fjord views
On the island Sør-Hidle, not far from Stavanger, you will find a tropical garden with flowers and palm trees. Visits start with a pleasant, 20-minute boat trip with MS Rygerfjord from Skagenkaien in Stavanger.
Upon arrival guests are taken on a guided tour around the beautiful garden, the perfect place in which to seek inspiration and a few green-fingered tips. Afterwards you will enjoy a delicious meal, inspired by all corners of the world but prepared with local ingredients, in the garden restaurant Flor & Fjære. Surrounded by magnificent fjords and mountains, you will relax among colourful flowers, romantic footpaths and rustic interiors, all of which contribute to a special evening with a truly tropical feel.
Flor & Fjære
Flor & Fjære also offer conference facilities, so if you prefer, you can have both your meeting and your incentive on this wonderful island. They have a capacity for groups of up to 100 conference delegates and up to 300 guests for dinner.
The tropical island is open from May to September and it is necessary to book in advance. There are usually two daily tours, one from 12:00 to 04:40 pm and one from 05:00 pm to 09:50 pm.
Price example (2015): NOK 1,190 per person, however all visits can be tailor-made according to your needs and preferences.
Stroll through the history of Stavanger, including a guided tour of the medieval cathedral – a great way to introduce you and your team to the city.
The tour begins with a walk through Gamle Stavanger (old Stavanger). In this picturesque part of the town there are more than 170 white-painted wooden houses from the end of the 18th and 19th centuries. The houses are now protected by a special preservation law.
Continuing on foot, you pass the harbour area with its quaint fish and farmers market and walk on to Stavanger Cathedral for a guided tour inside. The cathedral, built of stone in the 12th and 13th centuries, is one of few churches in Scandinavia that has kept its original design. According to tradition it was built in 1125, after Sigurd Jorsalfarer named Stavanger a cathedral city. Bishop Reinald of Winchester was responsible for the construction, probably carried out by English craftsmen, in Anglo-Norman style. The church's patron saint is St. Svithun, and it is reputed that his arm was one of the church's original relics. In 1272 the cathedral was damaged by fire, after which it received a new, Gothic chancel. Stavanger Cathedral is the only Norwegian cathedral from the Middle Ages that has retained its original appearance and has been in constant use.
After the visit to the cathedral the tour continues past the shopping streets on the way to Valbergtårnet, the old watch and fire tower built around 1850-1853. From here you can enjoy a view of the city before returning to the harbour. Valbergtårnet can also arrange banquets for up to 38 people, so it may be the perfect place to end your historical tour of Stavanger.