Levanger – Stjørdal (the inner trail)

63 KM
4 days
This is a nice 4-day walk, with both short and longer day hikes – through cultural landscape and forest, past six churches. Enjoy nature, history, peace and quiet on this walk reaching the town of Stjørdal, northeast of Trondheim.
Medium route

Gradering på turforslag

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Grønn = Enkel

Dette er stort sett korte og enkle turer som passer for alle, uten krav til spesielle ferdigheter eller utstyr. I de tilfeller hvor det er tilrettelagt for rullestolbrukere eller barnevogn, merkes dette spesielt.

Blå = Middels

Dette er turer som passer for deg som har grunnleggende turferdigheter og er i normal fysisk form.

Rød = Krevende

Turer merket med rødt passer for erfarne turgåere, med god utholdenhet. Turene krever ofte gode tursko og annet turutstyr, samt kunnskap om kart og kompass.

Svart = Ekstra krevende

Dette er turer passer for erfarne fjellfolk, med god fysikk, styrke og utholdenhet. Godt turutstyr og gode kunnskaper om kart og kompass er nødvendig på slike turer.

Hvor krevende en tur er bestemmes blant annet av antall høydemeter (stigning) og lengde på turen. Selv om turen går i flatt terreng, kan den merkes med rødt dersom den er veldig lang. Og motsatt, selv om turen er kort, kan den merkes med svart dersom den går i bratt og krevende terreng.

Situated along St. Olavsleden

Foto: Øystein Moe/Helmet.

Arrival: Take the train to Levanger (from Trondheim Central Station or Trondheim Værnes Airport), many departures every day. The first day hike is short, so arrival in the afternoon is suitable.

Day 1: 4 km, Levanger – Munkeby Hostel

The walk begins through the town of Levanger, where the entire town centre is protected by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage due to its unique wooden buildings from the early 20th century. Stop by Levanger Church in the town centre and take the path towards the Munkeby Hostel (in the direction of Stiklestad). The pilgrimage path leads through the cultural landscape and along the Levanger river to the Munkeby Monastery ruins. Munkeby Hostel offers local food and beer, and they can arrange for guests to attend a prayer service at the Mariakloster Abbey (10 min. walk

Munkeby monastery ruins

Foto: Øystein Moe/Helmet

Day 2: 19 km, Munkeby – Markabygda

The pilgrimage path continues through a beautiful cultural landscape and magical forest. A steep hill leads up to Tomtvatnet lake, with a nice rest stop along the way. The trail continues upwards to the farms of Reistadbustaden, Tomtvasslia and Hegglivollen, where there is a marvellous view of the Frolfjell mountain range. Reistadbustaden has an open farm during the school summer holiday. The trail then leads into the woods, with a great view of beautiful Markabygda. This includes the Troset Gård farm and the Markabygda parish house, which has self-catering overnight accommodations. A visit to Markabygda Church can be arranged with the hosts at the Markabygda parish house. There are plans to complete a chapel at Troset Gård in the summer of 2023.

Day 3: 23 km, Markabygda – Borås

The pilgrimage path will take you through the cultural landscape of Markabygda. The trail follows a gravel road through the forest terrain. This road runs along the beautiful Bulandsvatnet lake, where there is a nice rest area and a place to fill water bottles. You will then arrive at Ausetvatnet, a large lake, which has a nice rest area. Here, you can also purchase a fishing license. Borås Gård has spacious accommodations in its “stabbur” a traditional storehouse and offers both meals and self-catering options.

Day 4: 13 km + 4 km, Borås – Værnes (Stjørdal) –Trondheim

The pilgrimage walk starts through the villages of Skjelstadmarka. Continue past the Okkelberg chapel, several rest areas, and arrive at Monaplassen, which has a “gapahuk” lean-to and public toilets. The road then continues through wooded terrain at Koksåsen. Near the end of the day, the trail will arrive at Værnes Church, built in 1100. This is Norway’s oldest preserved stone building. You can borrow a key to this medieval church at the vicarage café near the church.

Today’s journey ends at Ersgard, a family farm with buildings from the 18th century. Ersgard offers a farm hotel with both rooms and apartments, as well as houses for self-catering guests and simple pilgrim accommodations in the old forge. Guests can also rent a salmon fishing license and receive information about this, and they can also learn about the farm’s extensive and unique history. For instance, one of the farm’s emissaries participated in the work on the Norwegian Constitution at Eidsvoll in 1814.

Accommodation in Stjørdal/Værnes:

• Stabbur i Stjørdal
• Ersgard
• Øfsti Mellom

Once in Stjørdal, there are now 55 km left along the St. Olavsleden to Nidaros Cathedral. Maybe that will your next trip?

Transport back to Trondheim

It is about 4 km from Ersgard to Hell station, where you can take the train back to Trondheim. On the route along Stjørdalelva river from Ersgard to Hell, you will also pass the lovely Lånke Church.

The walk continues from Trondheim Central Station along the quays up the Nidelva river to Nidaros Cathedral and the “nought kilometre stone”, indicating that you have reached your pilgrimage goal. If there is time, you can make a short visit to the Nidaros Pilegrimsgård for registration, where you can receive a certificate and enjoy a delicious pilgrim meal to celebrate your completed pilgrimage.

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