Borgund Stave Church, Laerdalsoyri

Built around 1180, Borgund Stave Church serves as Norway's best-preserved example of a medieval stave church. The name of this type of church originates from the its distinct architecture made up of vertical wooden boards, called staves. Notice the mix between Viking influence and early Christian symbolism, like the dragon carvings on the roof and the cross above the entrance. Keep an eye out for ancient runes written along the walls. Enter the church to view the ornate wooden carvings within, and then head to the visitor center to see exhibits related to the history of stave churches in Norway. You'll pay a small fee to see outside exhibits. Arrange your visit to Borgund Stave Church and discover more family-friendly attractions in Laerdalsoyri using our Laerdalsoyri trip itinerary tool.
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  • This church is NOT a typical European Cathedral! Built in 1180 during the time of the Black Death, this was a wooden church built by a seafaring people. Inspite of its imposing exterior size it is.....  more »
  • Visiting the Borgund Stave Church was like stepping back 800 years in time. So well preserved and interesting to see. The church guides are a wealth of knowledge and speak excellent English.  more »
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