Norwegian Architecture Tucked into the Black Hills

Journey through a quaint neighborhood, and just when you think you're lost, a serene oasis unveils this architectural marvel. Nestled amidst whispering ponderosa pines, the Chapel in the Hills stands as a stunning replica of Norway's Borgund Stavkirke. Why a Norwegian chapel in South Dakota? It's a nod to the region's rich Norwegian Lutheran heritage. Wander the Meditation Trail, shop Scandinavian treasures in the authentic Stabbur, and delve into history at the log cabin museum.

Know Before You Go

  • Free

Best Time to Visit
  • The chapel is open May through September. If you are visiting in December, they welcome visitors during the holiday season to view the grounds decorated in cozy Christmas lights.

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  • Inside the Stavkirke, look for a green button located on the wall. When pressed, audio will share the story of the Chapel structure.

It all started in 1960 when a Lutheran radio station decided to expand and give their listeners a location to visit. The building was then built in Norway, shipped to Rapid City, and assembled on site.

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