Most stave churches
were built between 1150 and 1350.
After cruising through Nordfjord, Boudicca stops in Skjolden, where cruise guests are sure to be captivated by the unspoiled and beautiful town, with its stave church
decorated in unusual and intricate markings.
discovery; and the colorful Norskefolkmuseum (Norwegian Folk Museum), a remarkable, open-air collection of historic Norwegian farmhouses, period structures, and a striking, thousand-year-old stave church
Regular coaches and buses will take you further afield to the home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, at Troldhaugen; and to the Fantoft stave church
The most dramatic structure is the triangular peaked Gol Stave Church
, a tall wooden masterpiece dating from 1200.
On the way we visited the old stave church
at Borgund; it was the most fantastic sight you could imagine, like the whim of some brilliant child, a cockchafer's shell carved by a simple giant with his sheath-knife, with simple crosses and arrogant dragonheads, all twists and twirls, louver on louver.
A stave church
is a medieval wooden Christian church building.
Meanwhile, in Ashton Park, West Kirby, a Viking stave church
will be built to celebrate Wirral's unique Viking history and Norse connections.
Past and present The open-air Norsk Folkemuseum contains 155 traditional houses as well as a Stave Church
dating back to the 13th Century.
To give the cruise its official title, on BM179 Norwegian Secrets there was a choice of 18 shore excursions ranging from bird watching by boat at Runde during our stopover at Alesund to a hike on the Nigardsbreen glacier and from a trip to the Urnes Stave Church
and Sogn Folk Museum at Skjolden to seaplane sightseeing trips at Bergen and Ullensvang.
We filled the time in between with an 80km drive up to the town of Vik instead, sitting aside the Sognafjord, visiting the nearby Hopperstad stave church
, one of the best examples of these historic wooden buildings made from vertical planks slotted into upright posts.