The big five, a guided bus tour in the region
Three sword, the tower, black cave, the chain and the farm
Africa have their Big 5 in animals like African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, lion and rhinoceros. The Stavanger region has also their own big fives. Join this safari to explore the region in a nutshall.
If you have short of time, want a morning or afternoon activities,. want to show your friends the region, book this tour
1290,- nok pr pers (minimum 5 persons)
- Group prices, please ask us
- Private tour, please ask us
- 4-5 hours guided bus tour !
- Pick up, all transport, guiding (English)
- Lunch/hot meal at Sola Beach hotel
- Entrance at the Iron Old farm, not included the museum
The cab will pick you up outside the Stavanger tourist information at 09.00 or by your hotel. Please let us know where.
From the city center we are heading north to the famous "Viste-hola". From the center it is approximately 20 minutes drive to the cave depend of the trafic.
1. The black cave
Situated at Viste is Vistehola (Svarthola), one of Norway's oldest Stone Age settlement sites. The cave, probably formed during the last ice age, is almost 9 m deep, 5 m wide and 3 m high. The first people settled in here around 6000 BC, and used it during various periods up until the age of migration, around 500 AD.
The thick layer of earth in and by the cave has proved a rich source of bones, antlers and flint tools, casting light on people's life and livelihood. The remains of about 50 different species of animals and birds have been found here, as well as the skeleton of a 15-year-old boy (Vistegutten). The cave now lies a good distance from the sea, 16 metres above sea level. But in the Stone Age the waters of the sea would have lapped at the cave's entrance.
While driving to famous Hafrsfjord and the Three sword, we will drive along the north sea and in lovely Norwegian landscape. You will explore the Norwegian west coast country side and see typical west coast landareas, white beaches and farmers land. The drive from the Black cave to the famous fjord and the Three sword is approximately 20 minutes.
2. Sword in rock
By Hafrsfjord, the monument Sverd i fjell (Swords in rock). This was where Harald Fairhair gathered Norway into one kingdom in 872. The monument consists of three swords that are fixed into the grown. They symbolise peace, unity and freedom. The hilts of the Viking swords are taken from swords found in different parts of the country. The monument is made by Fritz Røed (1928-2002), and was unveiled by King Olav in 1983.
Hafrsfjord and Møllebukta
Hafrsfjord is located in both Stavanger and Sola municipalities. The fjord is around 9 kilometres long, and is a so-called threshold fjord. It has four thresholds, and is deepest by the end of the fjord, which is only 3,5 metres deep. This means that deep running boats cannot sail into the Hafrsfjord. If you arrive by plane to Stavanger International Airport, Sola, you often fly over the Hafrsfjord before landing. It is believed to have lived people here in this area long before the battle in 872. The entire area around Hafrsfjord is rich in prehistoric artefacts.
Hafrsjord is a popular recreational area all year round. There is a lovely bike route and walking path along the bay. During summer, Møllebukta in Hafrsfjord is a warm and cosy bathing area for the entire family.
While leaving the famous fjord and heading the white beach Sola beach, we will drive between the fjord and the North Sea. We are crossing the Hafsfjord brigde and have a short brake in the old fishing village Tananger harbour. In Tananger you will also see the oil- center in the region, with tank boats, raffeneries and a lot of pipes. This is also a part of the oil- region Stavanger. The drive from the famous fjord to the white beaches will take 20 minutes.
3. The Sola beach and lunch at Sola beach hotel
Once named one of the world's most beautiful beaches by Sunday Times!
Solastranden is a 2,3 km long beach close to the airport. It is one of the most popular beaches in the Stavanger region, and a well used spot for wind- and watersports. Traces of war structures can be seen in the southern end of the beach.
About Sola Beach hotel
Sola Strand Hotel is located by the sand dunes at Sola beach, outside Stavanger on the west coast of Norway. Sola Strand Hotel's style, atmosphere and augustness have characterized the hotel ever since 1914. The hotel is full of historic treasures like illustrated newspapers from 1840 and Mathilde Christiane, the figurehead of a Swedish bark of the same name that was shipwrecked on the coastline of Jæren in 1822. The heart of the hotel is the original fireplace from 1914, welcoming you in the lobby.
While leaving the Sola beach, there will be a short brake at Sola Old Ruin church. Read more about it her. The church are locates very near by the hotel, 2 minutes drive.
On our way to the city center and the tower, I am sorry, boring distance, just a transport distance. There will be 20 minutes boring driving, take a rest, take a lunch nap!
4. The view point Stavanger- The tower
The highest point in Sørmarka, which is the largest area for hiking in Stavanger, is Ullandhaug, and reigning at the summit is Ullandhaug tower (64 m). From its balcony you have an amazing view over Nordjæren and the southern stretches of Ryfylke. At Christmas time, Ullandhaug Tower is lit up by hundreds of light bulbs and can be seen throughout much of the county. The hill at Ullandhaugstårnet invites you for going sledging or skiing on white winter days.
5. The Iron age farm
The Iron Age Farm at Ullandhaug, which is located very near by the tower, (1 minutes transport), is a reconstructed farmstead from the Migration Periode (350-550 AD). The farm is located around three kilometres from the Stavanger city centre, with a magnificent view of the Northern Jæren region and Hafrsfjord.
The farm is as the only farm of its kind in Norway, reconstructed on the original archaeological site. The three houses have equipment and domestic utensils, and there is a fire burning on the original fireplaces. On the Iron Age Farm, you are greeted by the mistress and and the people on the farm.
You are welcome as a guest to the Iron Age farm. The fire is burning on the fireplace, and if you are lucky you get a taste of food cooked on the fireplace. It is a strange feeling to sit around the fireplace in the same manner as perhaps a family did 1500 years ago. Remember, bring some money if you want to go inside the museum.
I am sorry, it is almost over. From the farm to the city center there will be 10 minutes drive. Back in town, find a nice restaurant, take a cup of coffe or maybe a glas of red wine, may I suggest the color street?
Please contact us for this guided bus tour