This article explores the Stave Church Gallery model in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Additionally, we’ll tour the current Gods of the Viking Exhibit.
As you enter the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, you’ll run into the Stave Church Gallery model. It’s located at the front of the pavilion.
At the time of this update, the Stave Church Gallery is hosting an exhibit called “Gods of the Vikings.” This exhibit debuted a few years ago now and shares the history of the Viking gods Thor, Loki, and Freya.
If you’re in the area, you can take a quick walkthrough of the exhibit. It won’t take long because the church’s interior is rather small.
You might also take a moment to admire the exterior details. It’s a detailed replica of the original Gol Stave Church that dates back to around 1200. The original still sits in a Norwegian museum.
Only a handful of replicas are available for touring in various parts of the world, including this one at Epcot. Like most of the things you see strolling the World Showcase, there’s more than meets the eye.
This article was updated on January 27, 2023.
Below is a look at the intricate door carvings around the entrance of the Stave Church Gallery.
Here are a few quick references for the Stave Church Gallery.
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Thor and Loki are featured in
Stave Church Gallery
Inside the Stave Church Gallery, you’ll find a faux tree with intricate carvings of the Viking gods. Here we have Loki.
Thor wields his mighty hammer. When I was taking these photos for an update, a father came in with his son and said, “Oh, this isn’t Marvel.”
Here is Freya, known in mythology as the goddess of love.
This sign provides an overview of the mythology of the Vikings.
A few displays along the back wall provide details about the mythological gods of the Vikings.
The exhibit includes familiar names like Thor.
Loki might ring a bell, too, for those familiar with the Marvel franchise.
And then there’s Freya, who has an interesting story.
Freya was said to be loved by everyone, but she longed to be with her husband, who wasn’t around much. So she would disguise herself as a hawk and fly over the world looking for him.
During the process, she would weep, and her tears would turn to gold. Therefore gold was often referred to as the tears of Freya in early Viking poetry.
At least, that’s what the sign in the exhibit says. Each display has a few artifacts or replicas related to the early Vikings.
And there’s even an authentic Broa picture stone.
These stones are considered the most useful information source about Viking mythology.
You’ll also see signage crediting the sources that helped make the exhibit possible.
This particular display has been in the Stave Church Gallery at Epcot since 2018. Most countries in the World Showcase have had these exhibits for a couple of years. Eventually, they will be changed out with something new.
If you are in the Norway area, make sure to check it out. There is a door on each side of the Stave Church. It doesn’t matter which one you enter.
If you want to know more about the different attractions available at Epcot, make sure to check out these reviews:
- Frozen Ever After Ride Review
- Living with the Land Review
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends
- Canada Far and Wide CircleVision
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You might also enjoy reading about the Disney Skyliner and the different travel times to nearby resorts. The Skyliner resorts that drop off at Epcot are as follows:
- Disney’s Riviera Resort Review
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Review
- Disney’s Art of Animation Review
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review
In the Comments
Have you ever stopped and admired the Stave Church Gallery at Epcot? Do you think the Gods of the Viking exhibit is interesting?