Welcome to the heart of the Sognefjord
Nestled along the Sognefjord’s southern shore, Vik brings visions of welcoming Norwegian hamlets under snow-capped mountains to life. Picturesque simply does not do this village justice. Make your way along the mountainous roads for views that will simply take your breath away.
Along the coast, you’ll find Fridtjov Park, a peaceful place that offers incredible views of the Sognefjord. This is also the home of an 85-foot tall statue of the viking known as Fridtjov the Bold! This statue, depicting Fridtjov gazing out upon the Sognefjord, was a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II — last German Emperor.
You’ll also find two fascinating churches here, the Hopperstad Stave Church and the Hove Stone Church. Built in 1130, the Hopperstad is Norway’s second oldest stave church. These rugged wooden buildings are an important part of Norway’s architectural heritage. In particular, this timber church consists of around 2000 individual parts, all of which carefully come together to create a truly striking building you won’t soon forget.
Not to be outdone, the Hove Stone Church is also an impressive sight. Vik’s oldest stone building, the Hove Stone church, was restored by world-famous architect Peter Blix in the 19th-century, though it maintains much of its original form, including wooden figures of Norse legends and impressive abstract artwork.
Finally, as you make your way through the stress of Vik, passing the wooden buildings, be sure to stop into a local restaurant to sample gamalost, a traditional Norwegian cheese. Produced locally, gamalost means “old cheese”. This unique cheese was once a staple of the Norwegian diet and remains a favorite in the region. In fact, residents of Vik celebrate gamalost every year at Gamalostfestivalen (Gamalost Festival).