Pilgrim's Passport - St. Olav's passport
The tradition of the pilgrim`s pass comes from the Middle Ages. The pass was to prove that the bearer was a genuine pilgrim when he⁄she arrived as a stranger. This tradition of the pilgrim`s passport has been updated and the pilgrim can use it as a record of his⁄her pilgrimage with stamps from places along the way. If you have walked the last 100 kms to Nidaros you are obliged to the pilgrims certificate or the 'Olav Letter'. The text in the pass is written in Norwegian and English.
Stamps along the way
A pilgrim`s passport is a precious souvenir for many people. Behind each stamp is a story from the journey! But to get your pilgrim's pass stamped on the way can sometimes be a challenge! Sometimes the parish office is closed, at other times they don`t have the stamp. But stamps or endorsements from lodgings, cafes and petrol stations can also be useful. A good principle is to get a stamp or endorsement at every lodging you visit. You can buy the pass at the regional pilgrim centres. (See contact information on the bottom of the page)
The Olav Letter
Long distance walkers/pilgrims to Nidaros Cathedral receive a diploma when arriving at Nidaros Pilgrim Center. It has been given the name 'Olav Letter' ('Olavsbrevet'). The Olav Letter is given as a confirmation that one has walked along the pilgrim way to Nidaros. To qualify you must have walked the last 100 kilometers into Trondheim. To document your trip you use the pilgrim pass.
The Olav letter is a gift from Nidaros Cathedral to pilgrims who have walked to Trondheim and is not for sale.
The Olav letter (redesigned in 2017), shows St. Olav sitting on a throne. The inspiration is taken from the seal of the Cathedral Chapter in the 1200s. The motive is a throned and crowned king, most likely St. Olav, with sceptre and an orb and cross. To the left of the seal you see a graphic element that you can find many places in the gothic part of Nidaros Cathedral, for instancein the long choir.
The frame depicts elements from the flora and fauna that you, as a pilgrim, meet along the St. Olav ways to Trondheim. The nature is represented by streams and snowy mountains. The lily of the valley, red clover and bluebell, as well as other flowers and plants that grow up here in our nordic environment, together make the frame of the Olav Letter. The book "Naturguide for pilegrimer" (English: Nature guide for pilgrims) by Trond Øigarden has been a key source in the selection process of plants.
The text in the Olav Letter is in Norwegian:
Vi gjør kjent at .......... har vandret pilegrimsleden og kommet frem til Nidaros Domkirke, bygget over Olav den helliges grav.
Trondheim, dato. Signatur.
We declare that ....... has walked Pilegrimsleden (the St. Olav Ways), and reached Nidaros Cathedral, built over King Olav the Holy's grave.
Trondheim, date. Signature.
The Pilgrim passport costs NOK 50. It may be issued at one of the following locations along the pilgrim route:
Nidaros Pilegrim Center
tel: + 47 73 52 50 00
Oslo Pilgrim Centre
Box 2702 St.Hanshaugen, 0131 Oslo.
Visitng adr: Akersbakken 30, 0172 Oslo
Phone +47 48052949
Hamar Pilgrim Centre
Storhamargata 125, 2305 Hamar
Phone +47 47 47 82 66
Dale-Gudbrands Gard Pilgrim Centre
Phone +47 45 60 46 08
Dovrefjell Pilgrim Centre
Phone +47 92 48 31 47
Granavollen Pilgrim Centre
Phone +47 40 60 01 77