Well, a good start is to prepare your pilgrimage with reading our recommendations for packing and preparations. Norway is a country with a lot of weather in the summer. It can be sunny and warm one day and freezing cold the other. In general, pilgrims are prepared and make sure to pack warm clothes and the necessary gear needed. But occasionally pilgrims bring too much gear, which make the backpack heavy and the pilgrimage challenging and hard. This is a tuff situation to face when you have eight or twenty days of walking ahead before you get to Trondheim and the Nidaros Cathedral.
The Post office offers a solution
The Nidaros pilgrim center in Trondheim is very familiar with this situation and knows what pilgrims want to do when they face it; they want to send the excess baggage to Trondheim and pick it up when they arrive. Therefore, the pilgrim center have contacted the Trondheim post office and asked them to make room for pilgrim packages, and make a special allowance for them to stay longer than the normal limit of three weeks. The Trondheim post office have generously agreed to the request, and pilgrims can now send their excess baggage to the post office where it will be stored until they arrive in Trondheim.
How to send excess baggage by post
To make sure your package is stored beyond the maximum limit of three weeks, please write the word “pilgrim” on the package. That way the Trondheim post office knows how to separate your pilgrim package from others. At the post offices (often located in supermarkets) along the pilgrim paths, choose the box called «Norgespakke» and address the package the following way:
To: Pilgrim: «Your name»
Postboks 162 sentrum
The prices are standard: Norgespakke up to 10 kg is 180 NOK / over 10 kg is 305 NOK. Additional cost of 129 NOK if the package is longer than 120 cm.
The pilgrim package can be stored at the Trondheim post office up to two months before it will be returned to sender.