Fantoft Stave Church
Fantoft Stave Church
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  • RicherTrips
    Monterrey, Mexico4,230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you haven´t seen a stavekirke
    If you haven’t had the chance to see a wood church, this one is close to Bergen, and still surrounded by woods to keep the charm. It’s very small, with simple interiors. When we arrived, it was fully occupied by a tourist group. Now, if you have seen one, they’re all the same.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • JammaGammer
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully replicated stave church
    Where there used to be thousands, this is one of only a few stave churches remaining in Norway. The lovely part of this one is that it is open for visitors to wonder through. While there was not a formal tour while I was there, the staff answered all my questions and provided additional insight beyond their printed information flyer. This stave church is privately owned and still opened for exploring. However, it is a little hard to find down a dirt path just beyond a circular parking lot. Once you drive up the hill following the signs, you will see apartments on the left. Do not drive further! On your right will be a make-shift parking area where buses can park. This is where you want to begin. Park and look ahead just a little to the right to find the path. Enjoy your stroll.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Barbara A
    Washington DC, District of Columbia168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important part of Scandinavian culture - worth the trip
    There are only 28 stave churches left in the world. This one is lovely - it's a reconstruction because the original was burned by an arsonist in the 1990s but some parts of the building were restored. These are important parts of Scandinavian history and the trip (take the tram Line 1 from Bergen) was nice, with a rather steep walk up to the building.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • zeneszerzo
    Budapest, Hungary152 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you've seen a stave church before, skippable
    It is a nice stave church, very interesting building, but there is really nothing there. Maybe some little exhibition nearby would increase my rating, but an empty house and a toilet is not enough. The surrounding forest is nice, but that's not unique to the place.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • TAMAN1951
    Liberty Lake, Washington8,216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool structure
    Amazing church built without any nails. Sadly the original was destroyed by fire but thankfully it has been rebuilt. Original built in 11th century but rebuild was in 1800’s. A bit of s climb to get there but worth it. Great craftsmanship.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Lia G
    New Haven, Connecticut51 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice to see 1x
    Nice to see this, being as I’ve never see a place like this before. However, you had to pay to enter, and although the fee was small, there was nothing to read about within the actual church. It would have been more helpful as a tourist to learn more about the place by reading about it as if it were part of a museum. It is empty inside. Walked thru the woods to get to the church from the 1 light-rail in Bergen.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 October 2023
  • rtdood
    Manchester, United Kingdom790 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful site, despite being small and not having the greatest offering.
    I visited just on the fringes of the tourist season and it was closed. I would recommend seeing this if you are interested in hiking, history or architecture. Despite the church not being open I was able to walk around the outside of it to take photos and it is a very impressive despite its small size as there really are not many like it in Norway. It's perhaps for that reason alone that also makes it worth a visit. It sits on a small hill overlooked by trees so this makes it a really peaceful site to visit, being a convenient short 15-20 minute walk up a small hill from the nearest tram stop (Line 1: Fantoft). Be aware it's away from the main attractions of the city so if you are particularly short of time you may want to give this a miss.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 October 2023
  • John E
    Ballwin, Missouri1,391 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    interesting to see, but is closed often, is a reconstruction and any close up access is denied by security fence
    What is on the site is a reconstruction as best as possible of one of the few stave churches remaining in the world, most of which are in Norway. It was very interesting to see the outside of this structure but the experience was definitely marred by the facts that 1) it was closed and thus no access to the interior, 2) there was actually no access to the exterior either due to a security fence (which is understandable given that the original was destroyed by arson) and 3) the simple fact it is a reconstruction and not the original, real deal. I had never heard of stave churches previously and so I was glad Viking made it part of their included tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
  • chocolate123
    130 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but not worth NOR 80.-
    Nice to see however not worth the NOR 80.-. There is a QR code which gives you some extra information, just straight text. There are no sign boards, no audio guides - really poor for the price charged. There are toilets, however ;-)
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2024
  • elawson
    628 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it if you already have a Bergen card
    Pretty church but after 5 minutes, you've seen most of it. There's very little info about the church itself. We scanned the QR-code but not much was divulged. It's a pleasant, short walk in the woods to view a beautiful example of Norwegian craftsmanship but I'm glad it was free with the Bergen card.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 June 2024
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rtdood
Manchester, UK790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I visited just on the fringes of the tourist season and it was closed. I would recommend seeing this if you are interested in hiking, history or architecture. Despite the church not being open I was able to walk around the outside of it to take photos and it is a very impressive despite its small size as there really are not many like it in Norway. It's perhaps for that reason alone that also makes it worth a visit.

It sits on a small hill overlooked by trees so this makes it a really peaceful site to visit, being a convenient short 15-20 minute walk up a small hill from the nearest tram stop (Line 1: Fantoft). Be aware it's away from the main attractions of the city so if you are particularly short of time you may want to give this a miss.
Written 29 October 2023
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William H
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is worthwhile if you have not been to an actual period Stave Church. The original burned years ago and this is a rebuild....the only original artifact is the baptismal font. We took the Tram there and had a short walk to the site. We did not see signage at the tram terminal but a local noticed our problem and pointed us in the right direction. The fact that virtually all Norwegians we met were friendly and spoke excellent english was helpful. We are not among those who felt the admission cost was excessive, considering the cost to build and maintain the church.
Written 18 June 2023
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James W
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The distance to Fantoft stave church from the city center is equal to 7-8km approximately. We took "bybanen" (local light rail line) from the city park and reached the church in 20-25min. its location is in the center of wild park area on a small hill. Viking style buildind decorated with dragon heads is imposing. It is written that all stave churches in Norway were built without nails.
Written 4 July 2023
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It takes longer to get here and back from Bergen than it takes to go around and inside this small church but I’d recommend doing it anyway. We just took the train from the city center out to Fantoft and then walked to the church from the station, a trip of about 30 minutes each way in total. The church is small and it is hidden in the woods, but such a cool design that you will not see outside of the Nordic region. A visit does not require a lot of time but one that I would still suggest you make.
Written 22 November 2022
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Lia G
New Haven, CT51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Nice to see this, being as I’ve never see a place like this before. However, you had to pay to enter, and although the fee was small, there was nothing to read about within the actual church. It would have been more helpful as a tourist to learn more about the place by reading about it as if it were part of a museum. It is empty inside. Walked thru the woods to get to the church from the 1 light-rail in Bergen.
Written 5 October 2023
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Rama R
London, UK711 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Stave churches are made entirely in wood, including timber panels, walls and the corner poles (called staves). No nails or glue either!

In the Middle Ages, there used to be such churches all over Western Europe. Today only 28 of them remain, most of them in Fjord Norway.

Fantoft Stave Church has an interesting history. It was originally built in 1150 in the village of Fortun in western Norway. The church had already survived the threat of demolition and was ultimately saved by being moved piece-by-piece to Fana, Bergen in the late 1800s. But it suffered a terrible fate in April of 1992 when it was burned down due to arson.

Fantoft Stave Church was rebuilt over the course of six years and was finally completed in 1997. The design stayed as true to the original structure as possible, with planks of wood from 400 years old pine trees used in the construction.

To get to the church, you have to walk through a small forest of trees till the church magically appears in front of you. The outside and inside is decorated with Norse symbols, such as dragon heads, delicately carved out of wood. The inside is more modern than the exterior but beautiful nevertheless. It's super easy to get to from Bergen.
Written 17 August 2022
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Barbara A
Washington DC, DC168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
There are only 28 stave churches left in the world. This one is lovely - it's a reconstruction because the original was burned by an arsonist in the 1990s but some parts of the building were restored. These are important parts of Scandinavian history and the trip (take the tram Line 1 from Bergen) was nice, with a rather steep walk up to the building.
Written 16 August 2023
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jessaza
Miami, FL29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I wanted to love this but it was very underwhelming. The church is small but aesthetically impressive. I know it is a replica (beautifully done) of the church, however, I find the gates around it take away the beauty that it could be within the wooded area. I went in June 2022 and did a tour inside. Very small but still beautifully done. It is in a quiet and peaceful location surrounded by trees, definitely go for a walk around once you've got all your photos.

Note: The railway takes you to the Fantoft stop and the walk is about 15 mins up hill.
Written 19 February 2023
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Jadranka P
London, UK735 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Although the church was closed during our visit we decided to visit it. We took light railway from centre to Fantoft and than walk to the church (15 minutes) which was hidden in the woods. Although it is replica it is definitely worth a visit.
Written 7 February 2023
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John E
Ballwin, MO1,391 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
What is on the site is a reconstruction as best as possible of one of the few stave churches remaining in the world, most of which are in Norway. It was very interesting to see the outside of this structure but the experience was definitely marred by the facts that 1) it was closed and thus no access to the interior, 2) there was actually no access to the exterior either due to a security fence (which is understandable given that the original was destroyed by arson) and 3) the simple fact it is a reconstruction and not the original, real deal. I had never heard of stave churches previously and so I was glad Viking made it part of their included tour.
Written 9 March 2024
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