Stavanger & the Lysefjord
Hard to believe our last port in Norway is already here . . . and again, we have been blessed with wonderful weather.
Today we walked around the Gamie Stavanger (Old Town) with its quaint whitewashed timber houses and colorful flowers. Most of the 156 buildings are private homes, so you can’t go inside, but you can walk around the winding narrow cobbled streets and appreciate the efforts to maintain this 19th century seafaring neighborhood in such prime condition.
One of the 70 canneries that was active in the 1920s now houses a canning museum in Old Town. Sardines used to be big industry here. Besides Norway taking ownership for inventing the cheese slicer (which are sold in abundance in every shop in Norway), the sardine can key was invented in Stavanger.
We booked an excursion on-line with Rødne Fjord Cruises for a trip on Lysefjord, where the famous Pulpit Rock is located. Pulpit Rock is often seen in those crazy/beautiful photos that go viral on-line, with people standing at the edge of a very, very high, flat precipice. There is no way I would ever want to be at the top of that rock, and if I was, I’d have to lay on the ground at the very back. I can’t imagine the kind of person who could sit or stand on the edge. In any case, I can say I saw it. Safely. From the fjord.
It was a wonderful trip into the Lysefjord with its dramatic cliffs, waterfalls and caves. On the way we had a nice view of the area and the wonderful summer homes that dot the coastline. Most of the homes seen today are grandfathered in, as new dwellings are not allowed so close to the water. In Norway, the public owns the shoreline.
We set sail for our return to Southampton and our flight from London to Shannon.