Pilgrims Open Horizon: A relay from Oslo to Rome

Welcome to the Pilgrim Walk from Oslo to Rome called Pilgrims Open Horizon. Here you will find information about the part of the relay that goes through Norway.

Tuesday, May 3 to Saturday May 14, 2022

Distance: about. 200 km / average per day 16 km / stages of 10-24 km

The Norwegian stage of POH follows the Tunsberg Path (Tunsbergleden) from Oslo to Larvik. During the walk we will have an accompanying car and luggage transport. The stage ends with a joint ferry trip from Larvik to Hirtshals in Denmark, where the Danes take over the staff. From there you can join the Danish pilgrim walk further, or e.g. participate in the Danes' first day hike. You have to plan and book the return journey yourself.

Theme for the walk: «The Church Bells along the Tunsbergsleden»
The theme for the walk in Norway is "The Church Bells along the Tunsbergleden".

Every time we pass a church, the bells will ring for us. This reminds us of that we do not walk alone, but our steps, our breath and our pulse are part of our desire for peace, understanding and reconciliation across cultures, religions, languages ​​and life experiences.
We are part of the world and the world is part of us.

Through five countries, the journey opens our inner horizon, so that we can be united in a common understanding that we are all part of a larger context. In the world today, it is more important than ever to be reminded of this. We are strong when we stand together in love, common understanding and insight. Together we can create a better world for us all and future generations.

For Whom the Bell Tolls, by John Donne
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Information about the stage in Norway
This is not a pre-paid package tour, but a hike for and by hikers. Locally known tour guides will participate as fellow hikers.
The hike is open to both long-distance hikers and day hikers (when registering, let us know if you want to participate as a long-distance hiker or as a day-hiker).
The pilgrim walk will follow the rhythm of the long-distance hikers. We, therefore, ask day-hikers to meet up 15 min before the walk starts the day they have signed up for. (A detailed day-to-day program will be sent to the participants upon registration).

Deadline for registration
April 1st
Registration to the Pilgrm Center Oslo, Anna Runesson (director).
E-mail: oslo@pilegrimssenter.no
Phone: +47 480 52 949

Costs
This is not a pre-paid package tour and everyone have to pay the day cost for each day.
Expect approx. 3000 NOK for 12 days (accommodation, tour guides, local guides, luggage transport and accompanying car).
Food purchases: Most days we buy our food and prepare it together.

Boat to Hirtshals: maximum DKK 300

A deposit of NOK 1,000 must be paid to the Pilgrim Center Oslo before the hike begins (only applies to those who stay overnight, i.e. long-distance hikers).
Deposit will be refunded to participants at the end of the hike - May 14th.
If a registered person withdraws after May 1, or does not show up, the person's non-refundable expenses will be covered from the deposit before the remaining amount is repaid.

Travel insurance
Everyone is responsible for their own travel insurance.

Contact

For more information and registration, please contact Anna Runesson at Pilgrim Center Oslo at
E-mail: oslo@pilegrimssenter.no
Phone: +47 480 52 949

Do you want to go all the way to Rome? Here you will find more information how to sign-up. You have to sign-up separately for each country:
https://www.viaromea.de/en/pilgrimage-2022-overview/

Distances Oslo - Larvik - Hirtshals

Monday 2 May

Gathering at Pilgrim Center in Oslo. Information about the walk, BBQ and café

Tuesday 3 May

Oslo – Sæteren gård

Wednesday 4 May

Sæteren gård – Vardåsen kirke, Asker

Thursday 5 May

Vardåsen kirke, Asker – Røyken menighetshus

Friday 6 May

Røyken menighetshus – St. Laurentius kirke, Drammen

Satyrday 7 May

St. Laurentius kirke, Drammen – Sande menighetssenter

Sunday 8 May

Sande kirke – Botne kirke

Monday 9 May

Botne kirke – Løvøya camping

Tuesday 10 May

Løvøya camping – Kirkebakken/Borre kirke (halv hviledag)

Wednesday 11 May

Kirkebakken/Borre kirke – Tønsberg (halv hviledag)

Thursday 12 May

Tønsberg – Engøy

Friday 13 May

Engøy – Sandefjord (halv hviledag)

Satyrday 14 May

Sandefjord – Larvik
Boat to Hirtshals at 17.30 – 21.15

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