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The Preikestolen (the Pulpit) 

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Start planning your cruise and book your excursions to Stavanger and surrounding areas

Stavanger is a Norwegian coastal city on the Stavanger Peninsula, bordering the beautiful fjord of Boknafjorden. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination is known for its characterful wooden houses, cultural museums, and 12th-century cathedral. Stavanger is also the perfect gateway for touring the region’s many wonders. Visit the extraordinary Preikestolen, the Swords in the Rock monument, and the spectacular Lysefjord.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including: 

• Swords in the Rock Monument 

• Lysefjord Cruise 

• The Preikestolen (the Pulpit) 

Take an MSC Cruises excursion to Hafrsfjord, the historical site of King Harald Fairhair’s battle. See the impressive 'Sverd i Fjell' — a monument commemorating the infamous 872 clash which united the kingdom of Norway. Symbolising peace, unity, and freedom, you’ll admire the monument’s three bronze swords rising 10m from the ground. Afterwards, explore the area of Hafrsfjord on a leisurely bicycle or Pedelec ride.

The Stavanger Archipelago, off Norway’s atmospheric coastline, is abundant with spectacular wildlife. An MSC Cruises excursion will take you to Lysefjord by boat, where you can admire the rugged landscapes. Later, arrive at Preikestolen, also known as the Pulpit Rock, a breathtaking cliff rising dramatically above the fjord. Here you’ll take in unforgettable Nordic panoramas. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, enjoy an MSC Cruises excursion through the mountainous landscapes of Norway to the picturesque Preikestolen cliff — one of the world’s most spectacular viewpoints! Located in Rogaland, this geological wonder was formed around 10,000 years ago during the Ice Age. Towering over Lysefjord, the Pulpit Rock offers panoramic views that are truly mesmerising. Gaze at the scenery, photograph its beauty, and pause for a moment of silence.

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    The magic of the northern lights
    The magic of the northern lights

    A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

    The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

    But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

    Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.