While in Rapid City, South Dakota this summer we visited the"Norwegian Chapel in the Hills", which I never wrote a post about. The chapel is an exact reproduction of the famous Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal, Norway. Visitors are welcome here and encouraged to explore the grounds in this beautiful natural setting. The building itself is a fascinating piece of architecture built completely out of Douglas Fir in 1969, though it looks much newer due to annual preservative treatments.
Like a Douglas Fir tree itself, each successive story is smaller than the one below it. Note too the Viking influence of the roof-top gable ornamentations.
The little grass covered gift shop is a reproduction of an Norwegian Stabbur. The shop itself is filled with many Scandinavian items and goodies like Lingonberry jam.
This authentic log cabin museum was built by a Norwegian prospector who came to the Black Hills during the gold rush. Outside the museum we met Lena and Ole.