Hedmarken District: From Hamar to Lillehammer.
This five day trip from Hamar to Lillehammer takes you through a calming inland landscape with a magnificent view over Lake Mjøsa – Norway`s largest lake. You will come across multiple cultural heritage sites, such as Hamardomen, the old ruins of the cathedral, the stone fortifications at Furuberget, Tokstadfurua – the oldest pine tree in Norway, Prøysenstua in beautiful Ringsaker with Ringsaker church, a medieval stone church wich is dedicated to St. Olaf. In Moelv you can see Tolvsteinsringen and there is a St.Olav Spring at Brøttum.
Duration: 5 days (including one day in Hamar).
Starting point: Hamar.
End point: Lillehammer.
This particular pilgrim path mainly goes on gravel roads in forest terrains and through traditional farmlands. You can choose to walk both ways, either north from Hamar to Lillehammer or south from Lillehammer to Hamar. Transportation options include bus, train and the Skibladner paddle steamer.
Domkirkeodden (the cathedral headland), the old town in Hamar, and the Hedmark Museum is worth a visit. Guides will show you around the museum grounds. It is also possible to approach the Pilgrim Center Hamar if you want a blessing for your pilgrimage. If some of the priests have the capacity they will meet you in the ruins of the old cathedral before the museum opens in the morning.
Day 1: Hamar
Hamar is an old episcopal city from medieval times, and is still an important site for many pilgrims. You could start or finish your pilgrimage by attending the pilgrim mass in Hamar Cathedral, and if you like to visit the Hedmark Museum after the mass, you will get a pilgrim discount on the museum tour. You can also visit the ruins of the Hamar Cathedral, to experience the fantastic acoustics the glass building has to offer.
Day 2: Hamar – Veldre, 23,5 km
The pilgrim path begins in the city of Hamar, continues through Domkirkeodden (the cathedral headland) and over the small mountain Furuberget, on lovely tracks. Here you find a ancient fortifications (bygdeborg), used by locals as a refuge and stronghold from approx. 400-500 AD until the year 1000. What is left of it today is a embankment of rocks and soil.
After a hour of walking you reach Furnes church, built in 1708. From here the way goes towards Brumunddal, passing a sunken road from medieval times (approx. 500-1500) at Nordre Jevanol.
Reaching Brumunddal, you walk straight through the centre of the small town and continue upward until you reach Komfirmantsalen, the first night's accommodation, located just by Veldre Rectory.
Day 3: Veldre – Ringsaker Church, 13 km
Day three takes you right past the eldest pine tree in Norway – the Tokstad Pine. Further along you will have the chance to visit the childhood home of the writer Alf Prøysen (1914-1970), called Prøysenstua, and the medieval church of Ringsaker. Ringsaker church is situated by Lake Mjøsa and offers an amazing view of the area which holds the largest lake in Norway.
The day starts by Veldre church, inaugurated in 2000 after the old wooden church (1726) burnt down four years earlier. Towards Rudshøgda you mainly follow smaller gravel roads and grassy paths, passing Tokstadfurua on the way.
From Rudshøgda the path winds its way on fine forest tracks, past Prøysenstua, to Ringsaker church where the Pilegrimsstuggua (pilgrim accomodation) awaits you.
Day 4: Ringsaker Church – Johannesgården, 20 km
While in Ringsaker you have the opportunity to see the old castle by Mjøsa (Mjøskastellet) and its petroglyphs. They are located on the west side of the road (rv. 213) just after the trail turn right at Skarpsno. From here the pilgrim route follows Mjøsa's waterfront, goes through Steinvik Camping, continues on excellent trails past Moelv and under Mjøsbrua, the brigde over Lake Mjøsa.
Just outside of Moelv you find Tolvsteinsringen (“the Twelve Stone Ring”), often referred to as Ringsaker`s Stonehenge. There are several other smaller stone rings in the area, but Tolvsteinsringen is the largest, with its 12 rings and 25 meters in diameter.
From Moelv to Brøttum the way in large parts follow roads with tarmac and gravel surfaces.The fourth day comes to an end at the scenic farm of Johannesgården.
Day 5: Johannesgården – Lillehammer, 12 km
The first part of the last leg towards Lillehammer once again brings you down to the lake. Onwards, the path goes on quiet gravel roads and passes the St. Olav spring at Brøttum. Legend says that it was St. Olav's horse who discovered this spring.
Finally, you cross the county border into Oppland, take a walk through some cornfields, before following Hamarveien straight into the centre of Lillehammer.
The fortress at Furuberget (bygdeborg)
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Sunken road at Jevanol
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The Taverns at Rudshøgda
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Kløvstadhøgda - protected natural areaRead more
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