An old road from Sweden to Norway
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and tradesmen crossing the national border in Skarddøra, along the shiny surface of the lake Selbu and through the forests of Malvik to Trondheim. Romboleden can certainly be said to be an old road for pilgrims, traders and officials who for centuries have been trading and exchanging culture between Norway and Sweden.
In Skarddøra, on the Swedish border, two old pilgrim paths meet up; the great Romboleden and the Jämt-Norway route. From here, via Stugudalen, and down through Tydalen and Neadalen towards Selbu, the path goes through fantastic areas with beautiful views of the mountain masses such as Sylan, Skardsfjella, Skarvan, Fongen, Bringen and Rensfjellet.
A wonderful nature experience
Towards Selbu you will experience varying scenery, from open mountains, lush forest landscape to fertile agricultural landscape. You will pass Selbu church, which probably has had a central impact on the medieval pilgrims. The road to the pilgrim destination goes via the forests of Malvik, to the Saksvikkorsen overlooking the spire of Nidaros Cathedral.
How to do a pilgrimage on the Romboleden?
Romboleden is characterized by its varied landscape, from scanty mountains and ridges at 1000 meters above sea level, to lush coastal climate at the Trondheim fjord. Most of the pilgrim path goes in the mountains and woods. Through the unspoilt mountain areas on the Swedish side, tents are the only accommodation option. Other parts of the trail offer hostels, campsites and hotels. Romboleden is not very well marked, so this pilgrim path is best suited for pilgrims who are skilled in the use of map and compass.
Where do I buy the pilgrim pass?
You can buy the pilgrim pass at the online store stolavsledenshop.se.
Where to stay at Romboleden?
In large parts of the Romboleden, only tent and sleeping bag apply. Otherwise, it varies between hostels, campsites and hotels. We recommend that you book a couple of days before you arrive at the accommodation.
Are there open churches along Romboleden?
Along Romboleden there are several beautiful churches, but unfortunately not all churches are open when a pilgrim hiker is on his way. If you meet a closed door, check if there is information available near the church that says something about pilgrimage deals. Many congregations line up and open the church outside opening hours for pilgrims who want it.
How is the terrain on Romboleden?
Romboleden passes through open mountain scenery, lush forest landscape and fertile agricultural landscape. Be prepared for a varied hike. Read more about how to prepare and choose the right equipment for your pilgrimage.
Which footwear should I choose?
We recommend pilgrims to wear hiking boots with good cushioning and durability. Some pilgrims choose mountain boots, some choose Gore-Tex, and some choose technical running shoes and some wear sandals. Shoe choice is individual and depends a bit on which parts of Romboleden you choose to walk.
Is Romboleden well marked?
Romboleden is not well marked. We recommend that you use maps and compasses.
Is there any danger of snow in the mountain?
Large parts of Romboleden go through mountain terrain at a height of 1000 meters above sea level. There might be snow in the mountains, even in June. You may want to check the weather conditions before embarking on a pilgrimage in these mountain terrains. Weather forecast can be found at www.yr.no.