Hemsedal Stave Church was built around 1207-1224 AD, and at the beginning of the 12th century it was the only church in the village and a pride for the modest farming community.
The Stave church was of the same style as Borgund Stave church, which is located, only a 50-minute drive from Hemsedal near the UNESCO-listed fjord Naeroyfjorden. Archaeological findingsat the old stave church site speculate that Bishop Henrik of Stavanger inaugurated the church when it was first opened, a theory that is further strengthened by the fact that Hemsedal used to be a part of Stavanger diocese in the 12th Century.
Today there are only few remaining evidence of the stave church at the site, as it was demolished in 1882 during the construction of the new Hemsedal Church. Today you can visit and take part in the religious services that take place at Hemsedal Church. Some couples however, still get married at the old stave church site, and it is a beautiful historic stop to make on your way home from your Top 20 hike to Steget and Kyrkjebønøse. The beautiful and hidden waterfall Trøymsåene is also located nearby. Directions to the old stave church site: Follow Trøymsvegen behind the Tourist Office, take a left turn by the barn and cross the bridge. Follow the tarmac road Kyrkjebønsvegen until you get to your destination. Alternatively, drive up Kyrkjebønsvegen, and you will see the old stave church site on your left.