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“Nice, but you don't know when it is open” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Trondenes Church

Trondenes Church
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Harstad
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Owner description: The world`s northernmost stone church, dating back to the late Middle Ages (1250). The church is set in scenic surroundings and boasts several treasures and a beautiful interior. Guided tours by appointment available year-round.
Hannover, Germany
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“Nice, but you don't know when it is open”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

You have to give it a try when you are in Harstad, just a few km out of town, it is definitely worth to see such a church so far north. But you never know when it is open: I arrived in September at 11 am, the church was closed but shortly afterwards opened by an organ player (starting to warm up his fingers, not the best sound to listen).
The museum nearby was closed on weekdays.

Visited September 2013
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“A Taste of Vesteralen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

This was the name of the excursion I took from MS Finnmarken, Hurtigruten going northbound from Bergen to Kirkenes. The scenery at this location was beautiful and the medieval church was a beautiful stone structure. I did not go inside the church. A short walk from the church was the Trondenes Historical Center which was an in-depth exhibit detailing the regions history from the Viking Age and Middle Ages to the present. This excursion was about 4 hours in length and I considered it one of the best offered on the cruise. I would recommend visiting both the church and the Historical Center to anyone traveling through this area of Norway.

Visited October 2013
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“Trondenes Church - so glad we visited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Another excursion we took from M/S Finnmarken, Hurtigruten on our way north from Bergen to Kirkanes. The coach picked us up at the quayside and took us for a guided tour through Harstad and out to Trondenes Church and Historical Centre. The weather was again beautiful with the trees just beginning to be tinged with autumn colour.

Trondenes Church is the oldest stone church in Norway, originally built around 1250 AD but probably rebuilt in the 15th. It sits within a stone wall that dates back even further. There was probably a wooden stave church on this spot before that, and before that probably a pagan place of worship. It is simply beautiful. On the walls inside, which were whitewashed around the time of the reformation (the church is now Lutheran) can be seen the traces and remains of mediaeval frescoes. The reformists did not however destroy the mediaeval altar triptychs and mediaeval pulpit, which are magnificent. The young pastor of the church showed us round inside and was very informative about the church's history

The Church is surrounded by its graveyard, and one gravestone in particular caught my eye. It was the gravestone of a lady who died fairly recently at the grand age of 100, and after giving her age and dates, it says simply "Takk og farvel" - "Thanks and Goodbye"! I was rather relieved to see it did not say "På gensyn" - See you soon"!

Opposite the church is the Trondenes Historical Museum which is also well worth a visit - I only wish we could have had more time, but the Hurtigruten Ships are a ferry fleet operating to strict schedules, so our time was of necessity relatively brief. I'd attach some photos, but sadly I managed to run out of space on my camera :-( But there are some on the Visit Norway website.

Visited August 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Beautiful medieval church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Harstad in northern Norway is a cute little town with about 25000 people. Once you are here, take the local city bus to Trondenes. It is a 15-20 min bustour. The Trondenes church is a beautiful medieval stone church very well worth a visit. Just next to the church you will find the Trondenes museum with exhibitions about life in the north, One of the best museums in northern Norway!

Visited July 2013
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Tromso, Norway
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“Northernmost Medieval Church in the World”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

I have visited Trondenes Church many times and I can only say that I really, really love it! You see, in Norway (and in the North particularly) most churches are modern, and when they are not, they are wooden XIXth century made.

Sometimes I miss the good old centuries old churches of Continental Europe and the closest way to get this old feeling back is getting to Trondenes. It is a tiny yet beautiful church that reminded me of some old Churches from southern Finland. Old artifacts, chair and other things makes for a real experience, there are also some post cards and a little booklet available for purchase.

The surrouding of the Church are also very nice, with the old graveyard (featuring a couple of enigmatic Masonic tombs) and the old defensive wall. This is really a special place you should definitely check out!

Visited August 2012
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