I knew when we visited Norway that we had to see at least one stave church. We saw the one in Oslo in the open-air museum, but it just wasn't the same. I was excited when I realized the Hopperstad Stave Church was an easy day trip from Balestrand.
The church is about a 10-15 min walk from the water, though we could afford to be leisurely since the boat arrived at 8:15 and the church opened at 9. We got there right at opening time, and in fact the guy manning the desk handed my husband the huge key to open the door! Kind of cool to be unlocking the door to a 900-year-old church.
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a very in-depth tour. He also spoke perfect English! Unfortunately I didn't catch his name. I know it can be a little expensive to pay to get into all of these different attractions in Norway, but it was worth it for the tour he gave us. Even if you don't go into the church (which you really should), the church is beautiful from the outside, in just about the most evocative setting you can imagine. It's not hard to picture everyone coming in from the farms to worship.
If you have time (which you will if you take the boat from Balestrand), it's worth walking around the rest of Vik. It feels much more like an actual town where people live and work, as opposed to Balestrand (I still can't figure out what they do for a living there). You also get great views of the fjord if you walk farther up into the town.
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