Pilegrimsleden | St.Olav Spring
Cultural Heritage

St.Olav Spring

Situated along Gudbrandsdalsleden
Karen Graaten
Tradition has it that the St.Olav Spring appeared when Olav Haraldsson gave water to his horse


At the path

In hope of beeing cured of various diseases people sough to this spring at Brøttum in the Middle Ages (500-1500). Beliving in the healing power of the water people would drink it and washed themselves in it. In ancient Catholic tradition, pilgrims throw coins into the spring to pray for St. Olav's blessings.

These springs are often underground reservoirs where water runs out. Common for most of them is that St. Olav once where there, and that they rarely run out during dry periods.

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