Visiting the UNESCO Sight

Trip Start Aug 28, 2009
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Trip End Sep 10, 2009


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Flag of Norway  , Sogn og Fjordane,
Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    Fortunately, it stopped raining, but the sun never came up so I was freezing. Again! Mainly on the little ferry which got us across the part of the fjord. We left our car in the picturesque village of Solvorn and stepped on the island with the UNESCO Urnes stave church on foot.

    We started climbing uphill passing apple orchards and tiny farm houses. The church turned up to be quite far from the port. I think that it took us more than 30 minutes to get there, considering I am an asthmatic and my motherīs friend was lame on the leg those days. I was ashamed that the older people (firstly behind us) were faster (very soon ahead of us) :-)

    Finally, we reached the hill with its stunning church. To our surprise we learnt that preservation works had been in progress so we could not visit the inner part of the church. Well, we could, but we had to manage a very steep stairway and then we could stand there up above the doorway on a few loose wooden planks for a few minutes. I was happy I got up and down without falling. Nontheless, there was nothing special to see as the interiors were placed in a temporary museum next to the church. The guideīs interpretation was very interesting and catching. It was obvious she was very proud of this sight and she knew a lot about it. I liked the carvings on the outside walls, especially the Urnes lioness.

    We could not forget about the geocache which was placed right behind the upper stone fence.

    As we were hanging around the church far too long we almost missed our ferry back. We were running downhill through the orchards crazily (even the lamest amongst us :-)), but the capitain took pity on us (he was observing the road through his binoculars so he must had seen us) and waited patiently. Everyone on board was amused by our rushing embarkation. Great easygoing Norwegians!

   

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