There's something about visiting an 850-year-old wooden church that's different than touring one made of stone--perhaps because it's such a miracle that it survived. According to our guide, it's the oldest stavkirke in Norway, and escaped destructive wood rot because it was built on a stone base. There are panels from an even earlier church that have been built into the external side of the building with incredible carvings of snakes, dragons, and other stylized creatures--looked like the designs might have been influenced by celtic artistry. It does take a bit of doing to actually GET to this World Heritage site; we had to take a ferry from across the fjord. However, its isolation actually seemed to enhance the overall experience. The Urnes stavkirke really is uniquely beautiful and we wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.