The Pilgrim Trails
St. Olavs Paths to Trondheim
The Pilgrim Trail – St. Olav paths to Trondheim, is a network of historical roads through beautiful scenery, cultural landscapes and historical sites. The roads come from all directions to St. Olav, who is buried under Nidaros Cathedral, which was the Northernmost pilgrimage destination for Christianity throughout the Middle Ages.
Today, Pilgrimage is an activity that is becoming increasingly popular.
EGERSUND – STAVANGER – BERGEN – ÅLESUND – TRONDHEIM
LENGHT: 1080 KM / 24 DAYS
A spectacular and beautiful journey along the coast with fjords, islands, islets and reefs – a saga from Viking to pilgrimage.
TRYSIL/RENA – TYNSET – TRONDHEIM
LENGHT: 320 KM / 21 DAYS
Experience untouched and wild nature on the Østerdalen path. Bring your backpack and take a walk on the wildest of the pilgrim paths in Norway. You can wander in quiet and peaceful areas with varied and beautiful scenery and rich wildlife.
SELÅNGER – STIKLESTAD – TRONDHEIM
LENGHT: 564 KM / 30 DAYS
St. Olavsleden is the northernmost pilgrim path in the world, extending from the Baltic sea to the Atlantic sea, through Sweden to Norway. It follows parts of the road that Olav Haraldsson traveled when he returned from Novgorod in Russia in the summer of 1030 to recapture the Norwegian throne. A journey that ended with the battle of Stiklestad, the death of Olav Haraldsson and the start of the era of St. Olav.
The main season for pilgrimage in Norway is from June to September. In the high mountains the season is somewhat shorter due to snow and snow melting.
When you are on your pilgrimage, call the accommodation a day or two in advance to book accommodation. In many accommodations you are served breakfast and dinner, but this varies from place to place. Contact the regional pilgrim centres to check the conditions along the path and which accommodations are open.
On a pilgrimage to Trondheim and Nidaros, it is tradition to use a pilgrim passport to document the pilgrimage and to verify that you are a true pilgrim. Buy the passport in advance and bring it with you.
THE OLAVS LETTER
The Olav Letter is a confirmation and that you have walked the last stage, minimum 100 kilometres, of any of the St. Olav Ways into Trondheim or ridden by bike the last 200 kilometres. The only place the Olav Letter is issued is the Nidaros Pilgrim Center, which is located right by the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. Nidaros Pilgrim Center is also the information center for Pilegrimsleden – St. Olavsvegene to Trondheim. Stop by before starting the trail for helpful tips and guidance.