The ferry arrived and brought us across the fjord to Urnes to the “fourth oldest church in the world” our guide said.?????  Later we learned it was probably the fourth oldest in northern Scandinavian countries.  We trekked up the hair pin curves to the church and found coolness inside.  The tarred exterior walls of the church kept the interior smelling or creosote even though all the interior lumber was pine.  A carved Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist greeted us as our small group filled the aisles of the forty person capacity church.  It was Friday afternoon and on Sunday this church, the fourth oldest church in the Scandinavia would hold service for the people of Urnes.  Little different from our mega church back home. No rock bands here.

Lindy Stankey