St. Olav's Path

Selånger – Stiklestad – Trondheim

The St. Olav's Path starts in Selånger outside Sundsvall and ends at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. It follows the road King Olav Haraldsson travelled in the summer of 1030 when he came back from Novgorod in Russia to Christianize Norway and reclaim the Norwegian throne. The 564 km long pilgrim path runs from coast to coast - through two countries - in the footsteps of St. Olav.

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  • Photo: Håkan Wike

  • Skarstufjellet Photo: Håkan Wike

  • Photo: Håkan Wike

  • Foto: Håkan Wike

The Norwegian section of the St Olav's Path is 187 km.  It winds through forests, valleys and fertile farmland in the Trøndelag County.  The path goes through the municipalities of Verdal, Levanger, Stjørdal, Frosta, Malvik and Trondheim. 

Sweden
For maps and descriptions of stages in Sweden, see www.stolavsleden.com

Stiklestad
53 km from the border between Sweden and Norway lies the parish village of Stiklestad.  The Saint King Olav was slain here in a major battle that was fought on 29 July, 1030.  This event turned out to be of great importance for the development of Norway as a nation.  Today a church stands on the actual spot where the King is said to have fallen.  Nearby are the Stiklestad National Cultural Centre and the Stiklestad Hotel. 
At Munkeby in the municipality of Levanger the path divides into an inland and a coastal route.

The inland route
The St Olav's Path inland route takes pilgrims through thick Trøndelag forests.  Here the pilgrimage is characterized by stillness and the natural landscape.  Pilgrims who choose this inland route will walk mostly on woodland hiking paths and gravel roads.  Distances between shops on the inland route are great and pilgrims must either carry food with them or buy it from the simple hostels along the route.  Pilgrims are advised to plan and order food and accommodation in advance

The fjord route
The St Olav's Path coastal route goes through towns and districts along the Trondheim fjord.  Historic sites along this route are numerous:  For the most part, the route is on asphalt roads where grocery shops are easy to find. Accommodation on the coastal route includes simple hostels and larger hotels.  Those who choose the coastal route must travel by boat from Frosta/Tautra - either to Steinvikholmen or directly to Trondheim

Trondheim
The journey's end for all St. Olav Ways in Scandinavia is Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.  As it was in the Middle Ages - so it is today.  This impressive cathedral is built right beside the site where St. Olav was buried in 1030.  One year after his death king was canonized by the church.  The Nidaros Cathedral was built as a pilgrimage church for the many thousands who wished to travel to the site where the remains of the coffin lay. 

For maps and descriptions of stages in Sweden, see www.stolavsleden.com

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564 km 28 days

FACTS ABOUT ST.OLAVS PATH:

  • Following the footsteps of St. Olav
  • Going from coast to coast
  • Through two Scandinavian countries

FOR INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE PLEASE CONTACT:

Heidi Carine Brimi tel: Tel:(+ 47) 932 17 739 or email: heidi.brimi@stolavsleden.com

See also www.stolavsleden.com for information about Sweden.

Read the 2018 Info Magazine here

BOAT LIFT ON THE OUTER PATH TO TRONDHEIM

Informatioan about boat lift for pilgrims in 2019 will be announced here.

See how to get a transport to the train station here.

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