Sandnes (Stavanger), Norway
A cruise to Sandnes, Norway, shows off the country’s natural splendors, from North Sea beaches to snow-capped ridges and glistening fjords. On the southern point of Gandsfjord and a brief train ride from Stavanger, Sandnes caters to outdoor enthusiasts. Swimmers can cool off in the fjord; cyclists and hikers will have plenty of mountain trails to explore. Pulpit Rock excursions are possible, as it is about an hour’s drive. Nearby Dalsnuten offers an easier trek. Sandnes is a pleasant town with shopping and dining along wide pedestrian streets. Geek out at the Vitenfabrikken, a science museum with a solar telescope and interactive exhibits. Take the kids to Kongeparken, offering more than 60 rides and other activities for ages 3 to 12. The Tryggvi Icelandic horse farm is another top thing to do in Sandnes, as you can trot through the countryside astride these endearing horses. Whatever you do in Sandnes or nearby Stavanger, you’re in for a fantastic time.