Old Eidfjord Church
Some restoration work has taken place to preserve this Old Norwegian Church. Rustic in appearance, we are told that this is how it would have been in the 18th century. The White stone built church dates back to 1309 and for centuries was the Parish Church for Eidfjord.
The village is surrounded by the high mountains through which Hardangerfjord carves its way. I am told that the name Eidfjord comes from the Norwegian name of Eidar which translated means Farm, very appropriate, for despite the isolation created by the mountains, the shores along the Fjord are very fertile and lined with farms and orchards.
The villagers of Eidfjord built themselves a new church…. but the old church was not abandoned and is used for special occasions.
Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
(C) David Oakes 2018