Norway: Sod Houses & Stave Churches

Norway once had over 1000 "stavkirken" (stave churches). Most were constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries. But these wooden structures have slowly succumb to wind, rain, & fire. Today only 30 remain.

Of these, the "stavkirke" in Heddal (shown below) is the largest. It was originally built in 1242 and reconstructed in the 19th century. Today it is again being restored (notice the scaffolding). The recent loss of one of these precious churches to arson has spurred the Norwegians on protect the "stavkirken" that remain.

The Maihaugen open air museum near Lillehammer has 130 period buildings (including a stave church). Period actors wearing "bunad" (a traditional costume) serve "flatbrod" (a very thin round bread) and "lefse" (a potato pancake) to the inquisitive tourists.

About the Scenic Snaps

Here is a good shot of the Globus bus that took us everywhere we wanted to go. But it was always fun to get out and explore on foot. Especially with such beautiful weather...

  • Notice how some of the building are on stilts. This allows airflow beneath the building which helps preserve grains and bread.
  • Notice the uneven fence stakes. As the bottom decayed the stakes were driven further into the ground...
  • Can you find the hidden goats?
  • Can you find the "moose crossing" sign?

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