St. Olav's Path Info Magazine 2019

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The St.Olav s Path

Photo: Eskil Roll,






Practical tips for your pilgrimage

Wander in historical footsteps in beautiful and diverse nature

Plan your own trip on the path 1

From Selånger via Stiklestad to Trondheim, the St. Olav’s Path follows in the footsteps of St. Olav. In the Middle Ages, thousands of pilgrims wandered to Nidaros in Trondheim where the remains of St. Olav were.

Life moves on foot I have always loved the nature. My identity is shaped by countless walks in forests and mountains throughout my childhood. I find my soul in a crooked pine tree, and the outdoors feels like home. Nevertheless, I was extremely nervous before my first pilgrimage. I had spent months and years of my life hiking in the Norwegian mountains, either alone or with family and friends, but was afraid to go on a pilgrimage. I was not afraid of my fellow wanderers or the pilgrim guide, but of myself. A pilgrimage invites you to reflect in a way that ordinary outdoor recreational activities usually do not; to ask questions about yourself and your life. Where have I been? Where am I? Where am I going? Simple questions with complicated answers. Perhaps I didn’t feel quite ready to ask or get answers but did it anyway. I went on a pilgrimage and met myself. It proved to be a much nicer acquaintance than I thought. I find that the slowness and simplicity that characterize the days on a pilgrimage, combined with the proximity to nature, provide a sanctuary and a chance to reflect on my own life and the time we live in. A breathing space that makes things clearer in a way I never experience on an ordinary mountain hike. By going on a pilgrimage, I have got to know myself better and feel more assured and confident. I have started to appreciate the nature around me and the small things more, not just on pilgrimages but every single day. “Life moves on foot” are the words of Pilgrim Priest Arne Bakken. I chose these words because I believe they sum up going on a pilgrimage through one’s own life in a lovely way. I consider being able to arrange for others to experience a pilgrimage on the St. Olav’s Path as a great privilege. This magazine tells the story of the St. Olav’s Path and I hope many will be inspired. I would like to take this opportunity to invite all walking and cycling enthusiasts to the St. Olav’s Path and conclude with the beautiful words of the author and conservationist John Muir: Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.

Eskil Roll,


Heidi Carine Brimi General Manager, Stiklestad Pilgrim Centre



historic footsteps The St. Olav’s Path leads from Selånger by the Gulf of Bothnia via Stiklestad to Trondheim and the mighty Nidaros Cathedral. Text: Gunn Merete Roll, Photo: Eskil Roll,

From coast to coast, 564 km long and leading through vast landscapes, along the shores of glittering lakes, over mountains, through forests and, not least, in historic footsteps, the St. Olav’s Path attracts wanderers from around the globe. IN THE SAINT KING’S FOOTSTEPS

The path follows in the footsteps of Olav II Haraldsson, who was King of Norway from 1015-1028 and ruled over a larger realm than any previous Norwegian king. He made a host of legislative and administrative changes and is regarded as the king who introduced Christianity to Norway. But Olav ruled with a heavy hand and made some powerful enemies. Many Norwegian noblemen supported

Bror Holm and Helene Westerlind of the Selånger Parish are proud of the new pilgrim centre that is under construction.

Canute the Great, who was King of England and Denmark. In 1028, Canute the Great invaded Norway with a fleet of 50 ships. Olav fled the country, initially to Sweden and then to Russia. He returned two years later to reconquer power. “The fact that Olav landed in Selånger when he was returning to Norway was

renovated barn dating from 1907.

pilgrims and other visitors.”

is a large fireplace, perfect for gathering

on of power and alliances.

When he lost the royal power in Norway,

“We are pleased and proud to have

“We have started building an indoor

around for conversations. Both emphasi-

Even though Olav had support from the

Olav fled to Sweden and later Novgorod.

made so much progress with the

amphitheatre seating 100. The doors

ze that the new pilgrim centre should be

Swedish farmers who hoped the marriage

It was precisely from Novgorod that Olav

building of the new pilgrim centre,” says

will open out to a medieval garden

a place for reflection where everyone

would bring an end to the disputes bet-

travelled to Selånger to gather an army to

Bror Holm. He showed us around the

featuring hazelnut, walnut and apple

feels included.

ween Norway and Sweden, the King of

reconquer the throne.

wonderful building along with his colle-

trees and a herb garden,” says Helene.

While they wish to focus on the importan-

Sweden was not enthusiastic about King Olav. He broke his promise about the

they also wish to convey the history.

marriage and married off his daughter to Yaroslav I, the Grand Prince of Novgorod.

of Olav when he travelled from Selånger

“The building is 1,200m sqm and, alt-

building’s historic character has been

For his part, Olav saw the benefits of

to Stiklestad.

place in Olav the Holy’s time.”

hough the restoration work will continue

important. Some wooden panels from


Olav the Holy had another link with Selån-

being linked to the King of Sweden.

He died here in battle with the peasant

until the official opening in 2021, we

the former stable have been preserved

ger. He had been engaged to Ingegerd,

Mediation was needed but in time the

army on 29 July 1030. Olav’s body was


already have a wonderful building.

and bite marks from horses are even

the daughter of the powerful King of

King of Sweden conceded and allowed

then secretly taken to Nidaros and buried

There is a conference room with modern

visible. However, the building has gained

Sweden, Olaf Skötkonung. According to

Olav to marry his younger daughter,

on the riverbank.

Selånger church where Olav is reputed to

technology where we can host digital

a modern expression.

Snorri’s Saga, Ingegerd was extremely

Astrid. In this way, Olav became part of

Within a short time, hagiographies (bio-

and interactive exhibitions. We also

The architect’s task has been to create

keen to marry the handsome Olav, but at

the Swedish royal family and gained close

graphies of a saint) emerged about the

have a cosy café, which will be open for

space for calmness and simplicity. There

that time marriage was primarily a questi-

connections with the Russian principality.

deceased king. Olav the Holy’s Saga

the Selånger Parish. “There are burial mounds in this area dating back to 500 A.D. and Selånger was an important trading

The pilgrim trail starts at the ruins of have raised a copper-clad cross. Nearby is the new Selånger Pilgrim Centre in a

ague Helene Westerlind, who manages


ce of pilgrimages for the modern person, A PLACE FOR REFLECTION

no coincidence,” says Bror Holm, Vicar of


The pilgrim trail starts at the ruins of Selånger church

the centre.

They point out that retaining some of the

The St. Olav’s Path follows in the footsteps


Eskil Roll,

mentions that even the men who fought

and politically from the saint worshipping

Consequently, Olav’s battle for the

against the king in battle recounted

and work soon commenced on the buil-

kingdom of Norway was not only about

stories about Olav’s holiness.

ding of a church in his honour.

worldly power, but also a battle between the new Christianity and the old Norse

When his coffin was dug up a year later,

Olav’s legendary status spread widely,

religion that many of the powerful

it is said that Olav’s body still looked

which led to St. Olav churches being built

farmers and the Earls of Lade still

healthy, that his nails and hair had conti-

in several countries including in London,

believed in.

nued to grow and that the scent of roses

Tallinn, Novgorod, and Constantinople

emerged from the coffin. The reason was

(now Istanbul). We now know of 300-350

The worshipping of the Saint King was

probably that the king had been embal-

such churches around the world, the most

also extremely important for consolida-

med. However, stories quickly spread

important of which is the Nidaros Cathe-

ting the church’s power and the Battle of

about miracles that had occurred

dral in Trondheim. Among many icons

Stiklestad is regarded as the start of the

with his body and Olav was declared a

and church paintings, an icon of Olav was

Christianisation of Norway.

saint by the church in Rome.

painted at the Church of the Nativity in

The history and cultural heritage remain

Bethlehem around 1160.

alive and present at Stiklestad to this day.


Stories about the Saint King spread asto-




undingly quickly throughout Europe, and

Olav was baptised in Rouen in France as

Conveying this cultural heritage is the

pilgrims soon began flocking to Nidaros.

a youth and during his reign all religions

main task of the Stiklestad National

The church benefitted both economically

other than Christianity were banned.

Culture Center. This wonderful cultural

centre hosts regular exhibitions, lectures

the other. This impressive building is 7-8

stination of the pilgrimage is the Nidaros

and seminars. The highlight of the Saint

m wide and 36 m long. Alongside the

Cathedral in Trondheim. The majestic

Olav Festival (Olsokdagene) each July is

longhouse is a beautiful guest loft hou-

cathedral is one of the largest in Scandi-

the Saint Olav Drama, which is a drama-

sing a pilgrim hostel.

navia and is Norway’s national

tization of the events that occurred at Sul

“Stiklastadir, as the farm is called, hosts

Pilgrims can meet fellow pilgrims at the

farm in the days leading up to the Battle

various activities, including banquets ser-

Pilgrim Centre and exchange stories. For

of Stiklestad. It takes place on the actual

ving traditional medieval food. Stiklestad

some, it serves as a reunion with people

battle field on which a large outdoor

also houses a folk museum consisting of

they met along the way.

amphitheatre seating 10,000 people

around 30 buildings from the 18th and

Some find arriving in the city and the

has been built. Performed annually since

19th centuries,” says Heidi Brimi, General

hustles and bustles of everyday life hectic

1954, this ranks as Norway’s oldest drama

Manager of the Stiklestad Pilgrim Centre.

after a long wandering. The Pilgrim

and to date has been seen by more than

“I can highly recommend staying a night

Priest believes the custom of walking

800,000 people.

or two at Stiklestad. You can stay at the

three times around the cathedral when

distinctive pilgrim hostel or the hotel ne-

one reaches their destination is worth

Stiklestad also has a medieval farm

arby. You will also find a good restaurant


complete with a longhouse. It is built and

serving dishes based on local produce.”

decorated like a traditional longhouse during the transition between the Viking Age and the Middle Ages, with a banquet hall and one end and living quarters at



Just as it was in the Middle Ages, the de-


Just a stone’s throw from the Nidaros Cathedral is the pilgrim centre in Trondheim. “Many pilgrims come here, those



Photo: Eskil Roll,


Trondheim: Nidaros Pilgrim Centre has a beautiful location beside the Nidaros Cathedral.

Stiklestad: The longhouse at the reconstructed medieval farm, Stiklastadir. The adjacent guest loft houses a pilgrim hostel.

who have walked a long way and those

city,” smiles Guro, who has nothing

the historic buildings.” Trondheim has

You can wander or bike on the St. Olav’s

path is accessible by public transport, you

buying provisions. Stages of 15-18 km

who have walked the path in shorter

against talking about the wonderful

many visitors, so we recommend making

Path. You can also ride your horse. There

can take your bike with you on the bus or

per day will suit most people. If you plan

stages. You can get your pilgrim pass-

experiences Trondheim has to offer.

booking in advance at the Pilgrim Centre,

are suitable lodgings for riders and

train and start your trip where you like.

to walk longer each day, we recommend

port stamped here and anyone who has

“Although the cathedral virtually

especially around St. Olav’s Day. The

horses along the route. Apart from

wandered the last 100 km into the city

speaks for itself, we recommend going

annual St. Olav Festival in late June is one

certain sections to make the trip safe for

can also receive the Olav Letter,” says

on a guided tour. For history enthusiasts,

of Norway’s largest cultural festivals with

rider and horse alike, the riding route

Regional Manager Guro Berge Vistad.

Sverresborg Folk Museum is a nice

concerts, conversations, lectures and a

follows the same path. Remember to

dering too. Some start in Selånger and

Wanderers from different countries and

experience. The entire city is full of history

large medieval market. Trondheim has

check vaccinations and your animal

walk the whole route to Trondheim, while

companion and, with some preparations,

with many different backgrounds meet

so if you go outside you will be surroun-

plenty to offer throughout the season with

health certificate so your horse can cross

others walk stages each year. Some se-

it’s quite possible. On some sections of

here. Emphasis is attached to the centre

ded by history from every angle.”

something for everyone, from relaxing at

the border.

lect a special stage they wish to explore.

the path, shops are few and far between,

a pavement café to going on a kayaking

You will find a map and more information

Many people like to walk the last 100 km

so it’s important to take enough food for

trip down the river.

about riding on the path at www.stolavs-

to the Nidaros Cathedral, so they receive

two-legged and four-legged hikers. We

the Olav Letter when they arrive in the

recommend taking a first aid kit for the

city. A unique feature of the St. Olav’s

dog and using tick repellent.


Path is that there are two routes on the

Special rules also apply for dogs cros-

More and more choose to bike and the

final stretch to Trondheim, one through

sing the border, including deworming

St. Olav’s Path is well adapted for cycling.

rural farmland and forests and the other

treatment before crossing from Sweden

The path leads through farming areas

along the coast. If you choose the latter,

to Norway. Contact your vet well before

and past lovely lakes. On the way to the

you take a pilgrim boat across the fjord,

setting off and ensure the dog has a

mountains, it leads you through beautiful

which is a nice way to arrive in the city.

pet passport including all necessary

birch forests up to the border (700 m

You can walk alone or in small and large

vaccinations. Several accommodation

a.s.l.). There are wonderful views of both

groups. This magazine includes an over-

providers will welcome your four-legged

the Norwegian and Swedish sides. Sami

view of the various organised tours along

friend, but we recommend arranging this

reindeer herders have used the areas

the St. Olav’s Path.

in advance. Good preparations translate

as grazing lands for centuries and that

If you decide to arrange your own trip,

into a great trip. Regardless of whether

remains the case today.

we recommend studying the map care-

you wander, ride or bike, we can promise

Visit to download

fully before you start and planning well

you wonderful nature-based experiences

a special cycling map. As most of the

when it comes to accommodation and

along the way.

being a good meeting place for the pilgrims, a place where they can discuss

Trondheim has a perfect location by the

everything from the important questions

fjord with forests and fields easily acces-

of life to their experiences during the trip.

sible. The river Nidelven winds its way

“Some mention history and culture as

through the compact and cosy city centre.

their main motivation, while others have

In an idyllic setting on the banks of the

deep personal reasons for wandering.

river, you will find Nidaros Pilgrim Centre,

Common for most are descriptions of

perfectly located between the Nidaros

a wonderful nature-based experience

Cathedral, the historic wooden buildings

with plenty of space for reflection,” says

of Bakklandet and the Old Town Bridge.

Guro, who recommends remaining in the

“Even though there are many places

pilgrim bubble for a while after arriving

to stay in Trondheim, I think we have

as everyday life comes abruptly for many,

the city’s nicest location,” says Cathrine

especially those who have walked the

Roncale, General Manager of the Nidaros

entire route alone.

Pilgrim Centre. “The Pilgrim Centre is a B&B serving a continental breakfast


“We often also serve as a guide to the


or breakfast buffet and has a splendid terrace offering views of the river and

SHORT WANDERING: You can wander on the path for a weekend or a whole week. Most of the St. Olav’s Path is easily accessible by train. Choose your desired starting point then start to wander. KEEN TO WALK THE ENTIRE PATH? The St. Olav’s Path is 564 km long. Allow approx. 28 days to walk the entire path (20 km per day). Experienced hikers often include one rest day each week.

a rest day each week. WANDERING

There are several starting points for wan-


Many like taking their dog as a hiking




ACCOMMODATION Photo: Eskil Roll,

Photo: Eskil Roll,


Many who have walked the pilgrim route

about Gisselåsen with a population of

youth hostel in Åre, the options at Stikle-

talk about enjoyable meetings with pe-

just 20.”

stad and Nidaros Pilgrim Centre.

ople living along the route and that you

Tommy has lived here his entire life and

“During my trips, I met several people

don’t have to go far on the St. Olav’s Path

knows the surrounding area well.

who visited us at Gisselåsen when they

before experiencing hospitality.

That came in handy when a girl from

started. That’s always nice,” he says.

Tommy and Sigrid Nordvall live at

The Netherlands who tried to walk the

The couple, who probably deserve the

Gisselåsen, just 8 km from the starting

path twice managed to get lost despite

title of the most hospitable in Sweden,

point in Selånger. When they are home,

directions and advice. Tommy got on his

say they appreciate chatting with their

they invite all passing pilgrims inside for

scooter and showed her the way.

many guests.

coffee and polar bread or cake.

“He’s not hard to ask,” confirms Sigrid,

“As long as we are home, all pilgrims are

“In 2018, a total of 243 people visited

who adds that he has driven to catch up

welcome to visit,” they say with a smile.

us for coffee,” says Tommy, who keeps

with people who have forgotten their pil-

If they go away, the couple put out a

statistics of the visitors and has photos of

grim passport or other things. If anyone’s

table with a guest book, glasses, a water

them all in his albums.

pack is too heavy, he helps them to send

carafe and a couple of chairs to relax on.

home unnecessary baggage and gladly



experience. You can pay by card at most

or life is necessary if you plan to only stay

More than 200 accommodation options

places, but it’s a good idea to check this

in tents and rustic shelters. If planning

are affiliated with the St. Olav’s Path and

when you book.

to camp, you need more provisions and

most people doing the route choose to

obviously your backpack will be heavier. CAMPING SITES

We recommend packing your back-

As camping has always been popular in

pack and having a few day hikes before

pilgrim accommodation. The prices are

Sweden, you will find many nice camping

making a final decision because it’s easy

affordable but count on sharing a room

sites. Many sites have idyllic locations

to overestimate your strength. We have

with other pilgrims. Book in advance or

and most rent out basic cabins. All have

met several people who have chosen

call a day or two before arriving. Several

toilet and shower facilities, many have a

after a few days to send their tent and

places are run on a voluntary basis, so be

small kiosk and some even have a café.

equipment home and stay inside instead.

patient if you don’t receive an immediate

There are few camping sites in Norway.

Good planning and packing light are ne-

response. As many options involve stay-

Good options are farm stays or renting

cessities for a good wandering experien-

ing on farms or in private houses, there is

via Airbnb or cabin rental agencies.

ce. We have made a packing list to help

stay at these. Many farms have converted a storehouse or a few rooms into

no reception. Remember to confirm your booking and arrange where to pick up the key in case the host is away.

you, which is on page 19. TENT AND RUSTIC SHELTER

The unique Swedish and Norwegian Right of Public Access means you can



roam freely in nature and even pitch your

You can find hotels in cities and larger

tent for up to two nights in the same pla-

towns along the path. In Selånger (Sunds-

ce. If you bring a tent, you have countless

vall), Østersund, Åre, Stiklestad, Levanger,

options providing you are considerate


Stjørdal and Trondheim, you can choose

towards the nature and don’t camp too

between hotels of a good standard.

close to houses and cabins. You will also

There are also numerous guests houses

find rustic shelters along the path. Alt-

“The coffee maker gets well used during

offers good advice.

the peak season in June and July,” smiles

Many are anxious about how the trip will

Sigrid, who also offers breakfast if anyone

work out. Tommy has cycled the path

wishes to stay overnight in the annex in

four times, so he knows the route well.

their garden. They maintain contact with

Even though he encountered snow in

many of their guests for several years,

the border mountains in July, he had no

receiving Christmas cards and greetings

problem biking. He is in good form and

from all over the world.

biked up to 130 km per day.

and B&B options along the route. Except

hough basic, they are a good alternative

for larger hotels in the main towns, you

to your tent when it’s raining heavily. You

“So far people from more than 30

“I took a tent on the two first trips, but

should book all accommodation in

will also find basic, unmanned cabins.

countries have passed Gisselåsen. We

there are so many nice places to stay

think it’s amusing that people in Australia,

along the way I prefer to stay there,” he

Canada, New Zealand and Hawaii know

says. His favourite places to stay are the

advance. Some places serve delicious food based on local produce, and their

Although these options bring you closer

rich cultural heritage makes these a real

to the nature, some experience of outdo-


Selånger Pilgrim Centre Tel.: +46(60)563575

Stiklestad Pilgrim Centre Tel.: +47 932 17 739

E-mail: Nidaros Pilgrim Centre Tel.: +47 73 52 50 00




HIKING ON THE ST.OLAV´S PATH The landscape opens on the trip down from the mountain as you walk along the pilgrimage route from Munkeby to Markabygda. Here is the farm Troset, one of the oldest settlements in the area, with a restored farmhouse from 1780. The farm Troset is still in full operation, and in the summer you will meet both goats and cows on pasture. Troset has accommodation for pilgrims in a cottage and in the grannyhouse. At the farm you will also find the Troset clinic where you can get acupuncture and where they regularly arrange courses in mindfulnes and qigong. Read more at:


This tour is led by Heidi & Heidi. Heidi Troset runs the Troset clinic on the farm Troset Gård offering Mindfulness and Qigong in addition to farming and pilgrim accommodation. We stay at Troset Gård on the way. Heidi Brimi is an archaeologist specialising in the Viking Age and General Manager of the Stiklestad Pilgrim Centre.


Photo & text: Troset Farm




fulness in beautiful Trønder landskape. You will join a guided

3-course dinner. You will join a guided walk from Troset to

walk through beautiful scenery from Troset to Munkeby. Along

Munkeby. In addition to beautiful nature, you will experience

the way you will learn simple qigong and mindfulness exerci-

mindfuness and qigong on the way. The lunch is served al fresco.

ses guaranteed to enhance your experience. Min. 6 pers.

On arrival to Munkeby, a delicious 3-course dinner awaits you.

The walk can be arranged in both directions.

Possibility of attending completorium at Munkeby Maria monastery.

Day 1: Arrival Troset. Mindfulness at Troset. We prepare our

Min. 6 pers. The walk can be arranged in both directions.

PIlgrimage with a visit to a monastery, local food, qigong, mind-

A different walk with mindfuldness and qigong, ending with a

own dinner. Accommodation Day 2: Breakfast and making your packed lunch. Hiking to Munkeby with mindfullness. 2-course dinner at Munkeby. Evening walk to the monastery with qigong. Munkeby cheese and beer by the open fire. Accommodation w/breakfast at Munkeby herberge. INCLUDED:

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2 x accommodation All meals Guided walk Mindfulness and qigong Cosy open fire in the monastery ruins


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Guided walk Qigong and mindfulness Lunch on the way 3-course dinner Prayers Transport


Phone:+47 951 51 420

Stiklestad Pilgrim Centre invites you on an eventful wandering

hostels and eat local food. We emphasize experiences to stimulate

to mark St. Olav’s Day, from Stiklestad to Trondheim through

reflection and joy. Our wandering through a changing landscape

the historic and beautiful Trøndelag landscape.

invites conversation and reflection.We start our pilgrimage at

Walking together in a group gives new depth to old friends-

Stiklestad on Sunday 21 July and stay overnight at historic Stikla-

hips and favourable conditions for new friendships. On this

stadir, a reconstructed medieval farm with a longhouse and guest

guided walk, you will enjoy wonderful nature-based experien-

loft from the time of Olav the Holy. We wander approx. 20 km per

ces and gain knowledge of the region’s rich cultural heritage.

day wearing a day pack.The tour price includes accommodation at

You will also learn simple Mindfulness and Qigong exercises

pilgrim hostels, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner, guiding and

to increase your attention and deepen your experiences

baggage transport. Alcohol is not included but can be purchased

on the trip. Wandering in the pilgrims’ footsteps can be a

at the various hostels. Bring your own sleeping back.

spiritual journey as well as a beautiful nature-based experien-

For more information and bookings, please visit

ce. On the way to the Nidaros Cathedral, you will be part of a fellowship, learn fascinating history, visit traditional pilgrim

or send an e-mail to

21–29 juli 2019. 15 per group. Price: NOK 10 500 p.p.



HIKING ON THE ST.OLAV´S PATH Join us as we retrace the pilgrim’s journey from Munkeby Monastery to

increasing amount of modern pilgrims have found

Stiklestad. Discover the fascinating history about Saint Olav and

their way on the “Nordic camino”. The way is well

the Munkeby Monastery, which lay on the route between Jämtland

marked, with signposted and labeled with the recog-

and Levanger.

nizable St.Olav way labels. Shelters and accommo-

You will also gain insight into the French monks who live at the new

dations are established along the route. The walk is

Munkeby Mariakloster/Maria Monastery today. Max: 14 people

a travel through a picturesque Scandinavian nature, clean air and water, exciting historical highlights and friendly people.

Photo: Olav Breen

Since the re-opening St.Olav´s Way in 2013, an


For more information or to book contact Visit Innherred: Email: Tel no: +47 74 40 17 16




Photo og text: Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter

Day 1 16.00 Arrival at Munkeby Old Monastery, where you will hear the story of the monastery. 17.00 You go up to Munkeby Hostel where Håkon welcomes you. Here you can taste the popular Munkeby cheese produced at Munkeby Mariak Monestary, close to the farm. Many regards this as Norway’s best cheese. You can also taste Munkeby Beer, specially brewed by Inderøy Farm brewery 17.45 Relaxation and socializing. 19.00 The evening ends with a two course dinner and accommodation at Munkeby Hostel. Day 2 07.00 Departure to Munkeby Maria Monastery 07.15 You attend the prayer in Munkeby Maria Monastery, together with the monks in the monastery. 08.00 A nice lunch at Munkeby Hostel. 09.00 Pilgrimage to Stiklestad. The trail is part of the St.Olav´ s

THE GUESTLOFT: We offer accommodation in our guestloft for pilgrims. In the guestloft we have a restroom and one shower. The guest loft is a copy of a medieval building from the 13th century. The beds are a reconstruction from the Middle Ages and are shorter than today’s standard. Several beds in the same room. There are toilet and shower facilities, and there is a small kitchenette. Breakfast can also be purchased for NOK 165


Path that goes from Stiklestad to Nidaros.

(served at the hotel). Packed lunch: NOK 85. Preferably bring a sleeping bag, as the house does not have its own bedding. Accommodation: NOK 300 per person. Bedlinen: NOK 150 per person. THE LONGHOUSE: We offer accommodation in our viking longhouse for groups over ten persons. In the longhouse we have showers and restrooms. Accommodation: NOK 390 per person, included breakfast. Linen: NOK 150 per person. SCANDIC STIKLESTAD HOTEL: Scandic Stiklestad opened in 2007, gifting the millennium-old meeting place with a modern hotel. Our restaurant Skalden has engaged chefs who are at the cutting edge of Norwegian cuisine. When added to our close working relationship with prized Trøndelag raw goods suppliers, this ensures that guests are served top class food. Plural room: NOK 550 per person, included breakfast Doubel room: NOK 850 per person, included breakfast Singel room: NOK 1150 included breakfast

The trip takes 4-5 hours, is 21 km long and the terrain is easy to walk through forests and fields. The areas you walk through have been the centerpieces of the Norwegian Viking Age and the Middle Ages. On arrival Stiklestad you will be served lunch and attend guided tours in Stiklestad church, St Olav´s Chapel and Photo: Eskil Roll, Text: Visit Innherred

Stiklestad is chosen as both an ending point and a starting point for many who break up the walk in shorter distances. Even those who have walked other St. Olav’s ways into Nidaros, chooses to end their journey here. We can offer accommodation in Stiklestad Hotel and in a Viking longhouse (only for groups more than 10 persons), we also have a brand new guestloft where our visitors can stay. Special prices for pilgrims with the pilgrim’s passport. Pilgrimpassport can be purchased for NOK 50. We can help with the transportation of luggage: NOK 50 per. person per stretch (minimum price 200, -). For tips and more information contact Arnstein Indahl or phone +47 74 04 42 00

Stiklastadir Longhouse. Then it’s time to relax or to walk around Stiklestad on your own. 19.00 In the evening, you can enjoy dinner and dessert in a quiet setting at Stiklestad Hotell. Accommodation at the hotel. The tour costs from NOK 2100 per person in double room. included tour of Munkeby old monastery, taste of Mun-

kebycheese and Munkeby beer, two-course dinner and accommodation with breakfast at Munkeby hostel, guided tour at Stiklestad National Cultural Center, two-course dinner and accommodation with breakfast at Stiklestad hotel. In addition, there may be transportation of luggage and a guide. If you come to Munkeby by car, we will arrange transportation back.



HIKING ON THE ST.OLAV´S PATH Your Nordic Pilgrim-contact along St. Olav’s Path is Ruben Heijloo. Ruben moved

The outdoor event organiser Aktivut was started in

from Amsterdam to the small town of Revsund in central Sweden late 2011, right

2000 by Sofie Jugård Löfgren and Crister Löfgren.

along St. Olav’s Path. Around the same time the route was being restored. Ruben

They believe that the Right of Public Access and the

helped promoting St. Olav’s Path in Holland and Germany. This promotion meant,

opportunities this offers is an important part of the

among other things, that Ruben had to experience the route personally: in May

Scandinavian nature and cultural heritage.

2013 he walked (and partly cycled) from Selånger to Trondheim. He made a video journal of his trip, that can still be watched at the official St. Olav’s Path website.

Aktivut has a team of knowledgeable experts with

Because Ruben is involved in the new developments surrounding the pilgrimage

considerable experience arranging outdoor events,

route and he himself has walked the pilgrimage, he has many contacts in both

including food, logistics, accommodation, transport

Sweden and Norway and knows exactly what is happening along St. Olav’s Path.

and anything else needed to create great experiences. .




Nordic Pilgrim offers trips along St. Olav’s

If you hike or bike your pilgrimage along

Path: in stages, the complete route, with or

the St.Olav´s Path does not matter, it is your

without guide, individually or in a group. Let

own experiences that is in focus. There are

Nordic Pilgrim arrange the practical part –

maps over the St.Olav´s Path for both hikers

then you can just enjoy the hike.

and bikers which makes the access very easy.

Nordic Pilgrim can arrange accommodation,

During our pilgrimage packages we normally

meals, luggage transport, pilgrim passes,

offer luggage transport so you only carry what

roadmaps, information about points of

you need for the day in your back pack or on

interest along the world’s most northern

the bike. Aktivut also help out with bike rental,

pilgrim route. If you have questions or enco-

accommodation, meals if you prefer and

unter problems during your trip then there

guides if you prefer.

is always a contact available in the region.

Take your time and talk to the locals along the

Would you like to take care of food yourself?

way, take off to the St Olav springs and the

Then you receive a list indicating food shops

view points and follow your own pace from

and dining and cooking facilities along the

Stiklestad to Trondheim through the beautiful

route. Do you just have a short period of

Scandinavian nature with a vivid wild life and

time? Together with Nordic Pilgrim you pick the best option for you. And if you carry your own luggage while walking, traveling can be even more ‘low budget’.

Photo: Håkan Wike

Photo & text: Nordic Pilgrim


bright evenings. Contact Aktivut for tailormade hike or bike pilgrimage trips along the St.Olav´s Path.,


ÖSTERSUND - ÅRE: approx. 7 days.


the Swedish east coast, which has a kind

tinues over rolling green hills, crossing

leden follows the Trondheim fjord, where

of Mediterranean atmosphere to it.

the islands of Frösön and Rödön in the

it passes through rural areas and suburbs

After a hike through deep forests, along

direction of the Swedish-Norwegian ‘fjälls’

until the final destination: the impressive

lakes and forgotten roads, this stage ends

(mountains) and the bustling ski village

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, where

in the village of Bräcke.

of Åre.

St. Olav lies buried.

BRÄCKE - ÖSTERSUND: approx. 5 days.

ÅRE - STIKLESTAD: approx. 5 days.


shortest of the route: it starts in Bräcke

mountains, across the Swedish-Norwe-

follows the road across Frosta peninsula

and ends in Östersund, the capital of the

gian border. From there, the route goes

and Tautra island. The last stage of this

province of Jämtland.

downhill. It’s a lovely walk through valley’s

route is by boat – which makes the plan-

It is a pleasant walk, which passes histori-

in the direction of Stiklestad, where King

ning a bit harder.

cal sites and picturesque villages.

Olav died in 1030.

The second stage of St. Olavsleden is the

From Östersund, the pilgrimage con-

This stage follows the path through the

approx. 7 days. The final part of St. Olavs-

route): approx. 5 days. The coastal route

MORE INFORMATION: (in both Dutch and English)


Photo & text: Aktivut

The St. Olav´s Path begins in Selånger, on



Everyone who walks the last 100 km or bikes/rides the last 200 km to Trondheim qualifies for the pilgrim diploma known as the ‘Olav Letter’.


THE PILGRIM PASSPORT: This makes an excellent souvenir of your trip. The pilgrim centres and most accommodation providers along the route issue and stamp pilgrim passports.



Steady, waterproof, hiking boots

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2 pairs of socks (wool mix)

(which are worn in) Woollen mittens + woolen hat 2 sets of underwear (wool mix) Light wind jacket and fleece jacket Hiking pants Shorts and t-shirt (not cotton) Rainwear (jacket and pants) Slippers (for indoor use) Compression stockings




along the shores of the Trondheimfjord. You can

wandering, but you need to check if

Imagine wandering from monastery to monastery experience this on the 57 km long wandering from Munkeby monastery in Levanger to the ruins of Tautra Abbey. This is a four-day wandering staying at Munkeby Herberge, the Falstad Centre and Oldervik Herberge at Frosta before reaching cosy Klostergården at Tautra. Jorun Mari Børstad is a pilgrim guide who has led around 300 pilgrims to Tautra over the past four years. The common denominator is experiences and joy. Visiting the monks at Munkeby and tasting their famous cheese, wading in the Levanger river and lighting candles at the 12th century Alstadhaug stone church are unique experiences that create peace of body and mind, she says.

Photo: Heidi Carine Brimi

Visiting the Catholic nuns at the Lady Chapel is


Spring: Spring is a wonderful time for there is still snow in the mountains and choose your route accordingly.

Summer: June and July are perhaps the finest time to wander along the path. In

August, it starts to become cooler in the evenings, but it is a great time for wandering as the weather is often fine and

stable. Autumn: September is colder, but still fine for wandering. In October, snow

can fall in some areas. If you plan to wander in the autumn, it’s important to dress warmly (wool) as the weather can change quickly, particularly in the mountains.


You will find maps, places to stay and suggestions for long and short trips on


for the St. Olav’s Path is Selånger (near Sundsvall). The path follows in the footsteps of King Olav the Holy all the way to Trondheim. The beautiful and varied nature makes it ideal for shorter and longer trips. As well as walking or running, you can bike or ride a horse on the St. Olav’s Path. As part of the St. Olav Ways, the St. Olav’s Path received European Cultural Route status in 2010. Thousands of people come from all over the world each year to walk the path. Some choose to walk the path in stages, while others walk the whole route from coast to coast.


Air: Airports in Sundsvall, Østersund and

Trondheim. Info: and Train: The train between Trondheim and

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Soap, comb and sun cream Toothbrush/toothpaste (travelset) Insect repellent and medications Extra glasses and contact lenses Sunglasses 1 microfibre towel + face cloth Some toilet paper in a bag


Suitably large backpack with

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Travel sheet (or light sleeping bag)

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rain cover First aid kit with blister plasters and sports tape Small roll of gaffer tape Map (in waterproof folder), compass Small knife and matches/lighter Small headlamp/torch Cash + bank card Mobile phone + charger + power bank


Light drinking bottle + small

Provisions for 1-2 days + a bit more


another special calming experience. Other expe- and

riences include visiting Tinghaugen at Frosta and


pilgrim path passes through.

- St. Olavsleden by Söderlund & Sjöstrøm

Bus: Local bus routes link most of the

Light tent + sleeping pad +

Info for Norway:

• •

Gas primus + light pot

the Logtun stone church. Jorun leads monastery wandering tours and one-day walks on the section of the St. Olav’s Path along the fjord. If you wish to hear more about the tours, please contact Jorun Mari by e-mail:

Search on the internet for: (English and Swedish) - St. Olavspad by Ria Warmerdam (German and Dutch)

Sundsvall stops at many places which the Info: and

places along the St. Olav’s Path. Info for Sweden:

IF YOU PLAN TO CAMP: sleeping bag Plate and spork




Administration for the St. Olav’s Path in Norway:

Administration for the St. Olav’s Path in Sweden:

Stiklestad Pilgrim Centre

Selånger Pilgrim Centre

Info: and

Info: www.

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Editorial content for the info magazine St. Olav’s Path: Heidi Carine Brimi, Stiklestad Pilgrim Centre and Gunn Merete Roll, The info magazine St. Olav’s Path was developed and designed by C The magazine content and design may not be copied in whole or in part without our permission. Text & graphic design: Gunn Merete Roll, (unless otherwise specified) English translation: Gavin Tanguay Oversetting og språkvasking Photos: Eskil Roll, (unless otherwise specified)


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