The largest of the Stave Churches in Norway, Heddal Stavkyrkje is right off of the highway so is accessible from Kongsberg.
Dating back to the 12th century, this stave church is quite magnificent and well kept. The history and folklore surrounding the church can be read by following the link below.
Cost is currently 60NOK. Opening hours:
20th May – 10th Sept. 10am -17pm
Additional long hours: 20th June – 20th Aug ->9am - 18pm
Closed: 11th Sept - 19th May (make an appointment during 'closed' season)
The church is closed occasional Saturdays for weddings and Sundays when there is a service, the stave church opens at 1pm.
The Heddal Stavkyrkje is located just off of HW E134, about 20km west of Kongsberg, about 6km east of Notodden.
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
Kongsberg: a great church and the Gloger organ
In Kongsberg you will find an interesting church, that does not look very special from OUTside, but it has a great interior: This church has seats for about 1000 miners (for the closeby silver-mines) and a great organ:
The Gloger organ is certainly one of the most interesting sights in Kongsberg Church, it was constructed by Gottfried Heinrich Gloger (1730-1779) between 1760 and 1765, he used to be a wellknown organist and organ builder in Norway. The organ has 3 manual and pedal instrument with 42 stops. In 1994 it burned down but it was restored again.
It was interesting for me to see that the main altar is right under the organ in this church, I never every saw something similar so far in a church !
The church is open for visitors:
May 18th till August 15th:
Mon-Fri: 10.00am - 04.00pm
Sat & Sun : 10.00-02.00pm
June1st till August 12th:
concerts every Wednesday at 07.30pm
Kongsberg is an easy halfdaytrip from Olso. The distance from Oslo is about 80km and you can take the train as well to get there.
I came by car from Olso and passed through Kongsberg on my way to Notodden, where you will see Heddal Stavkirke, one of the most beautiful stav-churches in Norway.
- Arts and Culture
- Religious Travel
The chimney sweeper
In our place it is well known that meeting a chimney sweeper is a clear sign of being very lucky. It is easy to understand why.
To see in our times a real one on the street in the middle of the city, is certainly impressive, even if the city is in Norway, where the old wooden houses and the old traditions are still "on topic".
I felt anyway very lucky and I had to do some photos with the event. Sorry for the bad quality again but... it was in a big rush.
As an interesting detail, he was looking on the map for an address. So, he was a 100% real one, doing what he has to do... bringing good luck to the good people... like me :)
A very nice link for " le connaiseurs" :))
Skrim and Raje mountain area
If you are fond of hiking I can suggest a mountain area called Skrimfjella and Raje.
20-30minutes from Kongsberg on a small gravel road you can start your walk up to either the Skrimtoppen or the Styggemann mountain. Both are above 800meters. From the top
you can see all the way to the Oslofjord.
In the winter time this area is perfect for cross country skiing. Take the car up Rajeveien
and park at Kalven(End of the road) From there you can choose from different paths.
Fish !!! where ???
The river that runs through this lovely town is full of fish (apparently) and old trees,very fast flowing wouldn't stand much luck if you fell in!!
I spent the odd evening fishing, but the only thing I caught was a chill...
I think the locals were kidding about the fish !!!
But it past a few hours anyway and kept me out of the pub !!i