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Urnes Stave Church

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 5:45 PM
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Amazing stave church, stunning location

We took the ferry from Solvorn (which was already totally worth the trip!) across the Lustrafjord... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2018
Andrea W
Matawan, New Jersey
Well Worth It

This is one of, if not the oldest stave church in Norway. It dates back to 1139. For about 80 NOK... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
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Norway's oldest stave church (1130) and part of UNESCO's world heritage list since 1979. We are open from 2nd May to 30th September every year (exept 17th May, which is the Norwegian Constitution Day).
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All reviews stave church worth the effort guided tour beautiful area take photos excellent guide walk up ferry ride small museum unesco site ticket office definitely worth a visit bought fresh steep hill carvings wood urnes
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

We took the ferry from Solvorn (which was already totally worth the trip!) across the Lustrafjord and then drove up the mountain to the little stave church. Urnes Stave Church is from the 12th century and the atmosphere in the little wooden church is very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

This is one of, if not the oldest stave church in Norway. It dates back to 1139. For about 80 NOK, you get a guided tour of the interior. These churches are an integral part of Norways cultural heritage. You need to take the ferry...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Unlike the Borgund Stave Church (which you can drive right up to, and which has has a fancy museum and restaurant), the Urnes Stave Church is a bit of a challenge to get to. We first had to rent a car, then we had to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Urnes is the oldest preserved Stave church - built in 1129 - and it has its own architecture style called "urnes style" - found all over Norway and also England... they found planks from a previous church built earlier in 1070 in this church -...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Shahar L
Reviewed September 7, 2018

We took two ferries to get here. When we left we took the roads, but it was chill inspiring. These are the earliest and most authentic carvings so it interwove the Viking and early Christian cultures. Beautiful area not very far up on a hill...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

A stunning morning. We got the 10am ferry and returned on the 12.30. The ferry crossing was lovely in the sunshine and we saw several porpoises. It is a steady 20 minute climb from the ferry up to the historic stave church. Visit is by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

If you are in the area, you must visit this incredible stave church, one of the few UNESCO world's heritage sites in Norway. This is the oldest and one of the most spectacular stave churches in Norway, and it's on a plateau high above Lustrafjord,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

This is the oldest medieval stave church in Norway dating back to 1130AD. The wooden church has intricate carving on the inside and outside and are original. The church has had a rich history so be sure to listen to and enjoy the informative guide....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

We took the ferry from Solvorn and then walked up the hill to this ancient church, dating from the mid-1100's. English language tour was very helpful and informative, as was the small museum in an adjacent building.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

It’s worth the effort to get here if you’re staying at Solvorn. Helps take you back into history over 1000 years ago. Our ferry ride was chill but the short hike up warmed us. Yew bought fresh raspberries and passed a farm with reindeer.

Date of experience: August 2018
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March 9, 2019|
Response from Urnesstavkyrkje | Property representative |
Our season starts at May 2nd, and lasts till end of September. Sorry for the late answer...!
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February 24, 2018|
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August 11, 2017|
Response from Barheat | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that this is a day trip. By car the trip is ~2.5 hours (91km). You would have to investigate ferry routes from Flam to Solvorn (I'm not sure if they exist). It is over 3 hours by bus, taking two buses. From... More