Gildeskål Church Site

Centuries of cultural history pervade the old church site of Gildeskål.

Summer 2023:

From June 17th - August 12th
Open daily 11am - 5pm

Guided tour every full hour (last guided tour starts at 4pm)
Limited number per tour.

NB! Should the door of the church be closed, it may be due to the fact that, for reasons of infection, they are limited in the number of visitors it is possible to have inside at the same time.

Ticket prices 2023
Adult Nkr. 90,- 
Student Nkr. 40,-
Child: free entry in 2023.
Groups (min 10 pers) Nkr.70,- 

Contact: (+47) 908 37 302 / (+47) 75 50 35 00,

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Gildeskål Church Site

The 12th century medieval stone church with its rich traditions and with its beautiful and distinctive fixtures and furnishings is situated here. The history of church customs, faith and everyday life for eight centuries is to be found between the old walls. By the church is the old graveyard with many old headstones where you can read, among other things, of “that truly despised and persecuted teacher” and “that respected bachelor” who died before he got his “lover”.

Just a stone’s throw from the medieval church is the main Gildeskål church from 1881, the old 18th century vicarage and two old storehouses. Salten Museum has exhibitions in the vicarage barn on coastal heritage and Gildeskål in the 1950s.

The landscape around the church site is untouched by recent development. Grave mounds, old stone boat landings and the old church path are among the cultural relics in the area. There is a magnificent view of the islands and shipping channels from the church hill. A rich flora dominates the area, including a number of orchids.


How do I get there?

Drive 10km along RV831 from Skaugvold on RV17.

From Kjøpstad on RV17 you can drive 29km over Sandhornøya to the ferry at Horsdal. There are 3-4 ferries a day to Sund. From Sund it is only about 2km to the church site.



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