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The church doesn’t open in winter (we went end of October/begin of November), but it’s still worth... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
Nuremberg, Germany
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Be careful with your route

You can use a ferry if the time is right they start early but stop at 6pm. So we drove around and... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

The church doesn’t open in winter (we went end of October/begin of November), but it’s still worth it to drive all the way there to see it from the outside (plus the amazing valley city Vik and the astonishing way through the snowy mountains from...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

You can use a ferry if the time is right they start early but stop at 6pm. So we drove around and took a bridge. This church is remarkably intact and really beautiful. The art work and the carving gives you an entirely different look...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

This is an outstanding example of a surviving Stave Church in it's Natural, Beautiful Setting. The church is close to Balestrand, with access by ferry to the small, scenic town of Vik. The grounds & cemetery are free to walk about and provide a very...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

As a Norwegian I’ve seen some Stave Churches and this is a really good one! The architecture is of it’s time, when they still built in dragon heads and unique imagery, just in case the old Gods were still around and got mad. The style...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Andebyen D
Reviewed July 12, 2018

This church was chosen by Rick Steves as his favorite. I can see why. It is in a beautiful setting and is a glorious example of the genre. Well worth a visit. And, as promised, the ticket agent was more than wiling to act as...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

The guide says this is one of the oldest of just 28 surviving stave churches. We arrived by morning ferry from Balestrand and walked the mile through the little town of Vik. The guide arrived at 9 am and gave An informative explanation of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank BJaneH
Reviewed March 2, 2018

Hopperstad Stave Church is nestled in a valley, surrounded by forests and agricultural land with some beautiful vistas. Restored with various additions during the centuries, the church is architecturally dramatic upon approach. Original church from the 12th century and it still contains some of the...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Kevin O
Reviewed September 24, 2017

Unique wooden Stave church built around 1100 AD beautifully restored. Well worth it to have tour guide to explain history and detailed explanation of church and architecture. Features I thought were interesting were a) the small holes where people could stand and be able to...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Jzjsolo
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

This is one of 28 remaining wooden churches that has been beautifully restored. The entrance fee may seem high but is worth the price you pay. There was a scientific crew when we visited who were scanning a piece inside the church to determine its...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank im666_1999
Reviewed August 29, 2017

We enjoyed our visit to this church primarily because there was an employee inside to answer questions (in English) & explain what we were looking at--very valuable! I don't know if they always have someone inside providing that service, though.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Laurie B
April 3, 2018|
Response from Leathem04 |
The walk from the ferry to the church is not trivial. It's a good twenty minute walk uphill (though not steep, and scenic). The way is paved. I don't know about taxis, though.