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48 hours in Stavanger with kids

Planning to visit Stavanger with the family? There is an incredible amount of fun you can find in Stavanger. Here are suggestions for activities for a two-day adventure for the whole family in the city centre. Start your tour with a visit to the Museum of Archaeology. Find out how it was really to live during the Viking era. In the exhibition Viking Voyagers you get familiar with rebel fighters, but also the lives of six women from Rogaland: Gudrun, Svåva, Svankvit, Herborg, Sigerlin and Niamh. A housewife with psychic abilities, a well-dressed lady from a family with extrasensory contacts and a woman with a necklace that carries a brutal history. Nearly a stone's throw away is the Norwegian Children's Museum, which is a paradise for children (and adults!). It has a great collection of toys; cars and dolls from Laerdal, climbing and playing castle, tunnel and dress up room. In the same building is also Stavanger Museum, with its natural history department. The exhibit Disfigured animals and smiling skelletons will most certainly become popular with the kids. On the way from Stavanger museum to the centre of the city go through the city park with Breiavannet (lake). Make a stop to witness bird life. If you come here during summer (only July), there are several fun toys and activities for children in the city park next to the pavilion. Furthermore, exiting the city park follow Klubbgaten towards Jorenholmen, go left at the end of the road and continue on until you come to the Geopark. Geopark is an experimental and different urban park that tests new forms of reuse of both ideas, materials and items from the petroleum industry. Fun place to be active! Continue on to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is a modern, interactive museum where you can learn how oil and gas formed millions of years ago. Try your luck as a North Sea diver, or watch how they live and work on a platform. Follow the Blue Promenade along the waterfront from the oil museum until arriving at the other side of the harbour, continue on to the Old Stavanger and the Norwegian Canning Museum. A museum unparalleled showing an important era in Norwegian and Stavanger's history. It is recommended with a guided tour to get the most out of your visit. You have a go at placing rubber sardines in a box. If you visit on a day they fire up the smoking ovens, you can taste freshly smoked sprat! Well worth a visit! It is recommended to do these suggested activities over a period of two days to get the maximum benefit of all experiences.

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2 day hidden fjord kayak adventure

Get the chance to paddle the fjords and spend the night in the Norwegian wilderness on this kayak adventure in the Hjørundfjord. This place is truly a hidden gem, away from the tourist crowds. Experience the tranquility of paddling past high mountains and roadless villages. Go wilderness camping in a remote area. You will definitely get to experience Norwegian culture and heritage on century-old farms and in the humbling enormity of the fjord landscape.   Day 1:  You will meet your guide and the rest of the group in Urke at the waterfront café Urke Kaihus. Get to know each other and the gear as we go through paddling and tour routine. We show you how to pack your gear in the kayak and after a short safety and paddling instruction we leave. We start on the Norangsfjord which we soon leave for the Hjørundfjord. Depending on the wind forecast for the next days we choose to paddle either left or right, to try to avoid paddling with headwinds (at least for 2 days). After a while we find a spot to land along the fjord, where we will enjoy our lunch. It can be a fjord side farm or a tiny island in the fjord. After paddling and enjoying the sheer size of the fjord and the surrounding mountains you arrive at your destination for the day. A tiny little village where you will stay for the night. You will set camp on a more remote spot. After organizing you prepare dinner as a group. Enjoy a long relaxing evening by the campfire. You can see the light changing, but it never gets totally dark.   Day 2:  After a good night's sleep in these very tranquil surroundings, we enjoy breakfast before we pack and get into the kayaks. You paddle through the same fjord on your way back but on a different side. The views, angles, and villages will be different. You paddle relatively close to land (not too close because of rockfall). Today you will stop at a village or at a more remote place for lunch. By the end of the afternoon, you arrive back in Urke. From where you can take the boat back to Ålesund or you can continue your trip further into Norway.