Pilgrim passport and the Olav Letter

On a pilgrimage to Trondheim and Nidaros, it is tradition to use a pilgrim passport to document the pilgrimage and to verify that you are a true pilgrim.

A unique pilgrim tradition

The Olav Letter is a confirmation and that you have walked the last stage, minimum 100 kilometres, of any of the St. Olav Ways into Trondheim or ridden by bike the last 200 kilometres. You need to present the pilgrim passport in person with stamps as documentation in order to recieve the Olav Letter. The only place the Olav Letter is issued is the Nidaros Pilgrim Center, which is located right by the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.

Recommended walks for qualifying for the Olav Letter are Berkåk to Trondheim on Gudbrandsdalsleden, Stiklestad to Trondheim on St. Olavsleden or Tynset to Trondheim on Østerdalsleden.

If you want to qualify for the Olav Letter by bicycle we recommend that you take the trip from Åre, Sweden to Trondheim on St. Olavsleden.

The Olav Letter

The Olav letter is a great memory and confirmation of a well completed pilgrimage. The Olav letter is issued at Nidaros Pilgrim Centre in Trondheim, and you must present your pilgrim passport with stamps and signatures to document your pilgrimage the last 100 kilometres into Trondheim and the Nidaros Cathedral.

The Olav Letter and the last hundred kilometres to Nidaros

The Olav Letter is a confirmation and that you have walked the last stage, minimum 100 kilometres, of any of the St. Olav Ways into Trondheim or ridden by bike the last 200 kilometres. You need to present the pilgrim passport in person with stamps as documentation in order to recieve the Olav Letter. The only place the Olav Letter is issued is the Nidaros Pilgrim Center, which is located right by the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.

Recommended walks for qualifying for the Olav Letter are Berkåk to Trondheim on Gudbrandsdalsleden, Stiklestad to Trondheim on St. Olavsleden or Tynset to Trondheim on Østerdalsleden.

If you want to qualify for the Olav Letter by bicycle we recommend that you take the trip from Åre, Sweden to Trondheim on St. Olavsleden.

How to buy the pilgrim passport?

The pilgrim passport costs 50 NOK and can be purchased at all regional pilgrim centers, as well as selected places (see overview below). If you want to have the passport sent in advance of your pilgrimage, you can order the passport at the online store stolavsledenshop.se:
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The following places sell the pilgrim passport:

ONLINE:

www.stolavsledenshop.se

GUDBRANDSDALSLEDEN:

Pilegrimssenter Oslo
Akersbakken 30
0172 Oslo
tel: +47 48052949

Domkirken i Oslo
Karl Johans g. 11
0154 Oslo
tel: + 47 23 31 46 00

Oslo Bispedømmekontor
St. Halvards plass 3
0192 Oslo
tel: + 47 23 30 11 60

Pilegrimssenter Hamar
Storhamargata 125
2305 Hamar
tel: +47 47 47 82 66

Pilegrimssenter Granavollen
Kommunehuset på Granavollen
2770 Jaren
tel: +47 40 60 01 77

Bønsnes kirke
Bønsnes
3530 Røyse

Pilegrimssenter Dale-Gudbrands Gard
2647 Sør-Fron
tlf: +47 45 60 46 08

Nidaros Pilegrimsgård
Kjøpmannsgt. 1
7013 Trondheim
tel: + 47 73 52 50 00

Bygdestua på Hoffsvangen
Tømmerholsvegen 320
2850 Lena
+47 908 87 582

Pilegrimssenter Dovrefjell
2661 Hjerkinnhus
tlf: +47 92 48 31 47

ØSTERDALSLEDEN:

Kirkekontoret i Trysil ved kirkevergen
Liavegen 25
2420 Trysil
tel: + 47 62 45 13 84

ROMBOLEDEN:

Hilde Kirkvoll
Kirkvollen, 7590 Tydal
tel: + 47 73 81 53 57

ST. OLAVSLEDEN:

Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter
tel: + 47 74 04 42 00

Every summer, a pilgrim breakfast is organized at Lian outside Trondheim, and a stamp in the pilgrim passport is a must for the pilgrims. Photo: Hans Morten Løvrød
You can get the Olav Letter at Nidaros Pilgrim Center which is situated close to the Nidaros Cathedral and the peaceful river Nidelven.
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