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Heddal Stave Church

Type:Building/cultural environment

Heddalsvegen 412, 3676, Notodden

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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. 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
In July it's Sigurd Show! Watch a battle show with the brave Sigurd in battle with the dragon Fåvne. Guided tour and outdoor theater with battle show 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:

    • 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
    • BestRegardsFromFar
      Cape Town Central, South Africa
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Very interesting: do visit and don’t only look at it from the outside
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 29th July 2021
      Beautiful stave church that is a must-visit. There is so much to see and learn inside, and the guides are very knowledgeable and passionate with en excellent English. The coffee shop is also great... Read full review
    • D38lawn
      Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
      Church and cake
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 28th June 2022
      A great big wooden church! The carving inside are pretty good. Competent young lady gave a good talk about the buildings history. Worth the visit in and outside. All cafe nearby with nice cakes! Read full review

    Guide Prices

    Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
    AdultNOK90.00 per person
    ChildrenNOK30.00 1 person
    Groups min 15. persNOK70.00 per person
    StudentNOK60.00 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

    * 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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