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Heddal Stave Church

Type:Building/cultural environment

Heddalsvegen 412, 3676, Notodden

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About

Join Norway's largest stave church, Heddal stave church, the most beautiful of them all! The magnificent stave church, with the three towers as a distinctive feature, is a national cultural treasure that displays fantastic wood-building art. The church has been in the valley for many centuries, ever since the 13th century. It was created in a time of upheaval between pagan and Christian faith, it is shown in symbols and ornaments. In the stave church you step into a historical memorial and experience the meeting place of countless Heddal families, it's still in use as the main church in the village for large parts of the year.

Kafe Olea
In the red barn on the stave church yard you will find the pleasant café Olea. Here you can have lunch or a cup of coffee and cakes. Everything made from scratch with good ingredients. In addition, Prestegårdslåven has a "quiet room" where you can retreat. Here you also can buy great travel memories from the store. Free Wifi. There is seating both outside and inside, of course with a view of the fine church.

Guided tours
In the café you can buy tickets both for visits to the stave church and to the exhibitions. Guiding is included in the ticket. About 15 minutes in Norwegian or English. For German, inquiries must be made in advance. During the high season, there are regular guided tours every hour with some exceptions, such as services and weddings etc. Larger groups are recommended to agree in advance. For groups, a guided tour with a meal included can be offered.

Exhibitions
In the barn you will find the exhibition about the unknown stave church furniture, the bridal bench and the Bell Desk. Together with Bispestolen, they tell the story of Sigurd Fåvnesbane and Brynhild. The exhibition "Dragon dragons and shield maidens" conveys the spread of this story locally and internationally. There will also be skilled wood carvers working outside the stave church until mid-July. They want to build a copy of the Bell Desk and use the same type of tools as in the Middle Ages.

For the children
Outside the church, on the grassy plain, you can see a herd of beautiful horses. Here you can let the children sit in the saddle, while a helper rents the horse. If you are lucky, you will also occasionally see a medieval princess on horseback. A ride on horseback is bought directly by the horse caretakers. In July it's Sigurd Show! You can see the brave Sigurd in battle, the dragon Fåvne and the beautiful Brynhild! Guided tour and outdoor theater with match performance. An action performance, which is suitable for both children and adults, and where the action is from the story of Sigurd Fåvnesbane.

Outside season
Feel free to contact for guided tours even out of season. Welcome to Heddal Stave Church!

Practical information
Parking:
Follow the sign's from 134

Prestegårdslåven:
Toilets, cafe, shop, exhibitions, barn church

Customization:
HC parking, by the barn bridge
HC toilet in the barn
Prestegardslåven, with exhibitions and cafe is adapted for wheelchair users
The stave church is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Recent Reviews:

    • albaknowles
      Barcelona, Spain
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Must go!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 21st September 2019
      It is worth it to go and see it. It costs 90NOK (adults) and 50NOK if you're an student. The church is beautiful and so are the surroundings! Read full review
    • ChetBakerTPT
      Bromma, Sweden
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Nice
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 31st July 2020
      Soon 800 years, and still standing!!!. This is the Keith Richards of churches. Do not miss. Guide was good, man guarding the door wearing medieval looking clothes....was on his screen.....probably... Read full review
    • SolP_12
      Sandefjord, Norway
      History alive
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 19th September 2020
      Go for the guided tour if available. We had the fortune of having a very knowledgeable guide who explained to us the ins and outs of the church in English! He explained the history behind the... Read full review

    Guide Prices

    Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
    AdultNOK80.00 per person
    ChildrenNOK30.00 1 person
    Groups min 15. persNOK70.00 per person
    StudentNOK50.00 per person

    Children below 16 years of age have free entrance when accompanied by their parents. The ticket grants free entrance to Heddal bygdetun. Tickets are sold in Cafe Olea.

    Map & Directions

    Contact

    Tel: +47 92 20 44 35

    Opening Times

    Season (8 June 2021 - 20 Sept 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
    Season (4 Sept 2021 - 5 Sept 2021)
    DayTimes
    Saturday - SundayClosed

    * The church can be closed in short intervals on Saturdays due to weddings. Please contact us for guiding outside of our opening hours.

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