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Approximately 3 Hours
Meals not included
Your excursion begins with a panoramic drive along picturesque Lustrafjord -- the innermost section of magnificent Sognefjord. The road features several tunnels, the longest of which is approximately 850 yards.
The Urnes Stave Church is the oldest of the 28 stave churches still in existence in Norway today. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is noted for its extensive decorations. The Church was built around AD 1130 and elements from an even-older church were incorporated into this one. There are exhibits of fine craftwork of the old Norsemen, with wooden motif decorations of lions, dragons and serpents.
Walk to the neighboring deer farm to see these beautiful animals at close range. Step inside the fenced area to meet the deer on their home turf and to watch as they are fed.
The return to Skjolden is via the same road, along the shores of Lustrafjord, with a short detour to view the Åsafossen Waterfall .
There is an uphill walk of approximately 328 feet (100m) to reach the church. There are steep steps to the entrance of the church. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Terrain is grassy and uneven. There may still be snow and ice on the ground in springtime. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer.