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Urnes Stave Church

Orneset, 6870, Norway
+47 57 67 88 40
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Well preserved and great tour

This was as simple ferry ride from Solvorn, where we were staying (Hotel Walaker). Then an... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
Davis, CA
Beautiful ancient church with a great view

We took the ferry from Solvorn to Urnes which was quick and easy, then walked up the hill to the... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2017
Elizabeth N
Eugene, Oregon
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Urnes Stave Church is the only stave church on the UNESCO World Heritage List (since 1979), and is an outstanding example of traditional North-Western European wooden architecture. It brings together traces of Celtic art, Viking traditions and Romanesque spatial structures. The wooden church was built in the 12th Century and is surrounded by a medieval cemetary and situated on the Ornes promontory in the dramatic, steep fjord landscape of Western Norway. The stave churches constitute one of the most elaborate and technically advanced types of wooden construction that formerly existed in North-Western Europe. Today they are only found in Norway where 28 of them are preserved. Of these Urnes stave church is the most outstanding and oldest example. The church is unique both as a representative of the highest technical standard in wood construction during the middle ages and as an artistic object. The church expresses in wood the language and spatial structures of Romanesque stone architecture. Some reused outside panels from an earlier 11th Century church have sculpted decor of exquisite quality in the Celitic/Viking tradition known as the Urnes style. The carvings are of an unparalleled quality and depicts different biblical and mythical creatures. The carvings are important both as outstanding artistic artifacts, and as a link between the pre-Christian Nordic culture and the Christianity of the medieval ages. The carvings are also a sign of the cultural and religious connection between Norway and the Celtic people on the British isles.
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Orneset, 6870, Norway
+47 57 67 88 40
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Reviewed 16 June 2017

This was as simple ferry ride from Solvorn, where we were staying (Hotel Walaker). Then an reasonably energetic but not long hike up the hill. Wonderful view on a clear day. There are guided tours, our guide gave us a tremendous amount of information about...More

Thank CCRussell
Reviewed 15 June 2017

We took the ferry from Solvorn to Urnes which was quick and easy, then walked up the hill to the church. If you are athletically challenged this will be a tough hike, and you may be better off finding a way to get a ride...More

Thank Elizabeth N
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Beautiful location and very interesting church. The onsite tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgable in English. The walk is about twenty minutes uphill from the ferry if your fit. You can put your car on the ferry and drive up the hill if desired....More

1  Thank stevecass2016
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Urnes Stave Church is located in the municipality of Luster in Sognefjord. It is the oldest of Norway's stave churches and is included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It was built in the 12th-century, but the distinctive carvings on the north portal are from an...More

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Thank LuizaCoutinho
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Dating back to the 12th century, an amazing site. Catch the ferry from Solvorn and then buy a ticket at the little shop near the church. A guide opens it up and takes you round.

Thank Julie F
Reviewed 30 December 2016

A 20 minute drive north from our hotel in Sogndal through a beautiful, heavily forested area brought us to the small, very pretty town of Solvorn where we would catch the ferry to Urnes. While we waited for the ferry we had a chance to...More

1  Thank Walt K
Reviewed 12 November 2016

The centenary churches of norway are of incredible beauty for those who enjoy working in Madeira. Very well preserved Urnes is a tour not to be missed, not only for the historical part but also for the beauty of the landscape.The ferry that arrives until...More

1  Thank LanaFerreira
Reviewed 25 August 2016

I deal with them since a while for groups and individuals. The most far away from service-minded and customer care. They simply do not care. I suggest to visit other stave churches. (This one is UNESCO heritage in representation of all).

2  Thank Anna B
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Urnes sits in a wonderful position, by the edge of the beautiful Lusterfjord. It's a great journey to this site whether by ferry from Solvorn or by driving along the side of the fjord from Skjolden but either way this is a visit worth making....More

1  Thank RonanCunning
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Visiting Urnes Stave Church is a combination of a several lovely things: We took the ferry from Solvern (wich is a lovely small village worth visiting), the ferry is 20 minutes long (with nice views), the Church is magnificent (don't miss the guided tour inside...More

3  Thank isik s
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