Borgund Stave Church

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Borgund Stave Church information

Location
Sognefjorden , Norway
Prices
adult/child Nkr75/55
Opening hours
8am-8pm mid-Jun–mid-Aug, 10am-5pm May–mid-Jun & mid-Aug–Sep
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Some 30km southeast of Lærdalsøyri along the E16, this 12th-century stave church was raised beside one of the major trade routes between eastern and western Norway. Dedicated to St Andrew, it’s one of the best-known, most-photographed – and certainly the best-preserved – of Norway’s stave churches. Beside it is the only freestanding medieval wooden bell tower still standing in Norway. Buy your ticket at the visitors centre, which has a worthwhile exhibition (included in the price of your admission) on this peculiarly Norwegian phenomenon. If you enjoy walking, build in time to undertake the two-hour circular hike on ancient paths and tracks that starts and ends at the church.