The Stunning Norse-Inspired English Church Of Balestrand, Norway

At first glance, St. Olaf’s Church in the idyllic Sognefjord village of Balestrand looks like one of Norway’s handful of remaining stave churches. But while traditional Norwegian wooden churches were built in the Middle Ages, this one dates back just 124 years. Not only that, it’s also an Anglican church.

The eye-catching church is a landmark building not just in Balestrand but for the entire Sognefjord region. It even served as the inspiration behind the church in the hit Disney movie Frozen.

The English connection with Balestrand

With its prime location on the northern edge of Norway’s largest fjord, Balestrand was a popular tourist destination for adventurous Brits

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