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Eidsborg Stave Church


Museumsvegen 9, 3891, Høydalsmo

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This small stave church is located close to West Telemark Museum, location Eidsborg.

Take a guided journey through 800 years of history… Hear about the Stave Church and the changes in beliefs and conventions over this period.
Learn about the legend of the Holy St. Nicholas. The church was dedicated to St.Nicolaus (locally called Nikuls), and a statue of this saint was very central in a local culture that remained well into the 1700s.

The Eidsborg Stave Church is believed to be built between 1250 and 1270 and is one of the best preserved examples of 28 protected stave churches in Norway this is quite a contrast to the Middle Ages when there were more than 1000 stave churches in the country. This unique building form is seen as Norway’s contribution to world architecture.

The church was restored in 2005-2008 and is still in use. The stave church is of a kind that has the exterior covered entirely with chipping.
There are many interesting details to this church, such as runes, carvings, and interior décor from the 1600s and a bell tower from 1727.

In the summer months (June, July, August) there are guided tours to the church several times every day.
Out of season the museum can organize guided tours by pre-booking.


Museums, Galleries and crafts

  • guided tour by appointment
  • guided tour during opening hours



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    Recent Reviews:

    • worldstagepress2015
      Falun, Sweden
      Trip Type:
      Not the biggest but good
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 17th August 2018
      This stave church is located in a quite remote area of Norway though it is in the middle of the country. Close by to the church there is a visitor center that will tell you about the church and the... Read full review
    • Ron S
      New York City, New York
      Trip Type:
      Eidsborg Stave Church
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 25th July 2019
      Eidsborg Stave Church is situated on a hill next to Rv 45 with Eidsborg Lake some 600 feet behind it surrounded by mountains, very pastoral views. It's said to be one of the best preserved... Read full review
    • HeidiB113
      Arendal, Norway
      Interesting place
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 7th August 2019
      Eidsborg stave church is worth a visit, guiding inside the church could have been made more inspiring. The museum is very nice and the exhibition interesting and well presented. This is a super place... Read full review

    Guide Prices

    Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
    Adults (from 16 years) Museum, stavkyrkje og kanalparkNOK100.00 combination ticket
    Children 6-15 years Museum, stavkyrkje og kanalparkNOK50.00 combination ticket
    Family ticket Gjeld alle våre anlegg inkl. kanalpark.NOK700.00 per year
    Family ticket Museum, stavkyrkje og kanalparkNOK250.00 1 day
    Groups min. 10 pers. Museum og stavkyrkje. Omvisargebyr kr 500,- pNOK80.00 combination ticket
    Per person Gjeld alle våre anlegg og 50% på arr.NOK400.00 per year
    Senior/Student Museum, stavkyrkje og kanalparkNOK80.00 combination ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Map & Directions


    Tel: +47 35 06 90 90

    Opening Times

    Guided group tours on request (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020)
    Springseason (1 May 2020 - 14 June 2020)
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
    Summerseason (15 June 2020 - 15 Aug 2020)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
    Guiding at regular times in summerseason (15 June 2020 - 15 Aug 2020)
    Monday - Sunday11:00
    Autumn season (16 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020)
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
    Season (1 Sept 2020 - 30 Sept 2020)
    Monday - FridayClosed
    Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

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