Hedmarken District: From Hamar to Lillehammer.

This five day trip from Hamar to Lillehammer takes you through a peaceful countryside, rolling hills, forests and small towns at Lake Mjøsa – Norway`s largest inland lake. Get better acquainted with the region’s cultural heritage and connections to St Olav.

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  • Foto: Berit Stokseth

  • Foto: Hedmarksmuseets fotoarkiv

  • Foto: Norske kirkebygg

  • Foto: Aslaug Haugen

  • Foto: Aslaug Haugen

  • Foto: Norske kirkebygg

  • Foto: Janna Opheim

Duration: 5 days (including one day in Hamar).
Starting point: Hamar.
End point: Lillehammer.


This pilgrim route mainly follows gravel and tarmac roads throug forest terrains and rolling farmland as well as a large part along Lake Mjøsa. Choose walking from Hamar north to Lillehammer or in reverse. Transportation options include bus, train and the Skibladner paddle steamer.

Day 1: Hamar
Hamar is an old episcopal city from medieval times, and the cathedral promontory is still a natural hub for walks. We recommend a guided tour in the medieval exhibitons, in the Herb Garden and listening to gregorian chant in the Glass Cathedral. You will get a pilgrim discount on the museum tour.

Day 2: Hamar – Veldre, 23,5 kilometres
The pilgrim path starts in the city of Hamar, continues through the museum park at Domkirkeodden, past the Norwegian railway Museum and and throough forest terain at Furuberget. Here you will pass the remainings of an ancient fortification, used by locals as a refuge and stronghold from approx. 400-500 AD until the year 1000.

After one hour of walking you reach Furnes church, built in 1708. Continue to Brumunddal city centre, passing a sunken lane from medieval times at Nordre Jevanol.

At Brumunddal follow the trail up the hills to Veldre Rectory for accomodation in Komfirmantsalen.

Day 3: Veldre – Ringsaker Church, 13 kilomtres
Veldre church was inaugurated in 2000 after the old wooden church (1726) burnt down four years earlier. From Veldre follow Prestvegn (the priest´s road) between Veldre and Ringsaker churches. The road recevied it´s name because of the Veldre priest. He lived by Ringsker curch and had to walk that same road until 1876. You will pass the Tokstad Pine, which is a protected pine tree approximatly 500 years old. Cross the brigde over Route E6 at Rudshøgda and continue on the priest´s road to Prøysenhuset museum. This is a national cultural house and museum, in memory of the author, artist and human Alf Prøysen.

Continue trhough the forest and than on the tarmac route through the cultural landscape to Ringsaker church and Pilegrimsstuggua (pilgrim accomodation) at Lake Mjøsa. Ringsaker church is one of Norway’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. The church is a stone basilica and the tradition is linked to st. Olav’s christening of Norway. The church was dedicated to Olav.

Day 4: Ringsaker Church – Johannesgården, 20 kilometres
Ringsaker was also a power center in the old Hedmark area. The area by the church and the rectory has an essential place pre Christian-times. The carvings and stonebuilt fortress by Stein, Svendhaugen (one of the largest burial mounds in the community), and burial sites related to it gives truth to those assumptions. The saga’s tells stories of several important events which happened here. North of the church are the remanings of the old castle (Mjøskastellet) and its petroglyphs. Follow the route at Lake Mjøsa's waterfront, through Steinvik Camping towards Moelv. 

North of Moelv city centre you can follow the sign to Tolvsteinsringen (“the Twelve Stone Ring”), often referred to as Ringsaker`s Stonehenge. 12 stones are forming a circle, raised here during the Iron Age.

From Moelv to Brøttum the path follows tarmac and gravel roads until you reach Johannesgården. The peaceful farm is beautifully situated with a scenic view over the lake and the region. The old storehouse is converted to a chapel.

Day 5: Johannesgården – Lillehammer, 12 kilometres
The first part of the route towards Lillehammer brings you once again downhill to Lake Mjøsa, passing the St. Olav spring at Brøttum. This source of constantly open and running water was one of the holy springs that people went to in the Middle Ages to be cured of various illnesses. The springs were often dedicated to a saint, and this one was dedicated to Saint Olav.

Follow through cultural landscape as well as forest terrain up the hills and continue on the tarmac road until you reach Lillehammer city centre.

68,5 km 5 days
The fortress at Furuberget  (bygdeborg)

The fortress at Furuberget (bygdeborg)

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Sunken road at Jevanol

Sunken road at Jevanol

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Tolvsteinringen

Tolvsteinringen

Distance:Close by the path
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Kløvstadhøgda - protected natural area

Kløvstadhøgda - protected natural area

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St.Olav Spring

St.Olav Spring

Distance:At the path
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