Seventh and Final Port of Call: Stavanger

11 Jul

We sailed south, past Bergen to the town of Stavanger situated at the mouth of the southernmost of the west coast fjords. Stavanger had a humble beginning as a medieval fishing village, then experienced an economic boost in the nineteenth century due to a lucrative fishing and canning industry. The town’s prosperity was boosted even further when oil was discovered off the coast in the 1960s.

The old town center, Gamle Stavanger, consists of a few streets with some well-preserved whitewashed clapboard wooden houses situated along narrow cobblestoned streets. Bright flowers decorated the quaint white houses. We visited the Canning Museum in Gamle Stavanger as well as a worker’s cottage furnished on the ground floor as in the 1920s and on the first floor as in the 1960s. We sampled some delicious homemade waffles and coffee at the cafe on the ground floor.

The skies were gray and a few sprinkles here and there reminded us of the constant threat of rain. We enjoyed walking through the old town, around the harbor and in the lively and trendy commercial quarter north and west of the harbor. We climbed the fire watch tower for a nice view of the rooftops of the city, visited the maritime museum and had a light lunch in a coffeehouse where we had a nice conversation with the barista who hailed from Leeds, England.

In late afternoon, the rain finally came down. We were tired and ready to head back to the ship anyhow. Hard to believe our cruise is almost over! Tomorrow we we spend the day at sea as we make our way back to Amsterdam.


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