The Urnes Stave Church with its surrounding cemetery in Norway
Visit the picturesque wooden Urnes Stave Church, part of UNESCO's World Heritage List. It was built around 1130 A.D., but the distinctive carvings on the north portal are from an even older church. The so-called stave churches are among Norway's most significant contributions to world architecture.
Rowan berries on a tree in Norway
Try some delicious local berry juice in Safthuset, the Juice House museum between Skjolden and Urnes. The small factory, which opened its doors in 1909, is today Norway's leading jam- and juice-producing company, Lerum. Most of the original equipment is still in use. Groups can visit by arrangement.
Marvel at the Nigardsbreen glacier's ice, only one hour's drive from Skjolden. Nigardsbreen is one of the most accessible glaciers in Norway. You can either walk along the turquoise lake up to the glacier itself or take the boat across the lake.
In the village of Skjolden, you'll find a few quaint spots where you can grab a dinner of traditional fare while taking in views of the surrounding mountains. Try fylte pannekaker ("filled pancakes") stuffed with bacon, sour cream and lingonberry jam or local-beef meatballs served with cabbage stew and potatoes.
Skjolden is a small village, so shopping options are focus on the local and handcrafted. Browse through the handicraft items in the Fjordstova cultural center shop. Visit Husflidsbua, another arts and crafts shop in the village, including traditional patterned knitwear and hand-painted ceramics. Or purchase some berry juice and jam in Safthuset, the Juice House Museum.
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