Stave Churches

Stave churches are an important part of Norway's architectural heritage. Urnes Stave Church in the Sognefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


A stave church is a medieval wooden Christian church building. The name is derived from the buildings' structure of post and lintel construction which is a type of timber framing, where the load-bearing posts are called stafr in Old Norse and stav in Norwegian. Two related church building types are also named for their structural elements, the post church and palisade church, but are often also called stave churches.


Lom Stave Church is one of the biggest and most beautiful stave churches in Norway. It dates back to the 12th century and is still in use. The church is closed during church services. The church in Vågå is also worth a visit.


In and around the Jotunheimen national park you can find a lot of interesting stave churches:

Hedal 1225 - 1250 Hedalen in Valdres

Hegge 1235 - 1265 Øystre Slidre in Valdres

Lomen 1235 - 1265 Vestre Slidre in Valdres

Høre 1225 - 1250 Vang in Valdres

Øye 1250 - 1300 Vang in Valdres

Reinli 1290 - 1320 Reinli in Valdres

Borgund 1225 - 1250 Lærdal beside the Sognefjord

Urnes 1150 - 1175 Luster beside the Sognefjord

Kaupanger 1180 Sogndal beside the Sognefjord

Hopperstad 1190 - 1225 Vik beside the Sognefjord

Lom 1210 - 1240 Lom

Vågå 1100 - 1630 Vågå

Borgund stavkirke

Borgund Stave Church is a stave church located in Borgund, Lærdal, Norway.

Where to find us

Borgund stavkirke

Norway - Borgund stavkirke (stave church)