Pilegrimsleden, St Olav's Way, Trondheim

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The St.Olav Ways is the name of the old pilgrim trails leading to Nidaros, Trondheim in Norway. The historic trails have been used by pilgrims and other travellers since the year 1032.

The Pilgrim Path – the St. Olav Ways to Trondheim, is a network of authentic, historical routes leading through beautiful nature, agricultural landscapes and historical places. The path is coming from all cardinal directions to St. Olav’ shrine, the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. The Cathedral was the northernmost pilgrim goal in the Christian hemisphere throughout the middle ages. The pilgrims who follow the path all the way up to the beautiful high altar of the northernmost Gothic cathedral in Europa, realizes the increasing importance it has also for people of today.

The path winds its way through villages and towns, crossing mountains and rivers and turns along the ancient paths. People the path are telling stories linked with old houses, churches and places, traditional food and intriguing accommodation.

It is likely that most medieval pilgrims had a religious motivation for their journey even if many probably were adventures or had other motives for their walk. Today people have many different reasons for their pilgrimages. Exciting landscapes, clean nature and good routes, are enticing for the pilgrims. Encounter with the history and other people may also be a strong motivation. In addition to all these remarkable experiences that characterize the outward journey, the pilgrimage path also offers an inner journey. A pilgrimage makes a certain impression to human beings; whatever faith or religious background they have; most people will undergo a mental transformation during such a pilgrimage.

To walk in the footsteps of people who have walked this way in sorrow and joy, hope and despair, throughout hundreds of years will leave lifelong imprints on those who dare to set out on the same route. To arrive at the goal, the mighty Nidaros Cathedral; after having walked for days is a unforgettable experience that the pilgrims will carry with them on the way home and further through the rest of their life.

Since the signposting of the pilgrim path started in 1994, more than 5000 kilometer along the route have been marked with the pilgrim logo.

The logo along the pilgrim path is easy to recognize. It combines the symbol for points of interest (St. John’s Arms/valknuten) with a form of the St. Olav’s cross. The logo is managed by the National Pilgrim Center.

The National Pilgrim Center is organized under the Nidaros Cathedral Restoration Workshop who is a department under the Ministry of Culture in Norway. The Center has the overall responsibility for the publicly supported work on pilgrimage in Norway and especially for the approved routes.

All approved St Olav Ways must have the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim as the final goal and a connection to the legacy of St. Olav. The Nidaros Cathedral is St. Olav’s burial church and Europe’s northernmost pilgrim goal from the Middle Ages.

The pilgrimage path through Denmark, Sweden and Norway received the status as European Cultural Route through the Council of Europe’s Cultural Route program in May 2010.
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  • Three times, way of Saint James have enough alternatives to look at me. Soon I became aware of the Saint Olav, who died ca 1030 as Norwegian King and a year later was canonized. The entire Olav trail approximately 640 km from Oslo to Trondheim to the tomb of the Saint in the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. A staircase wit of the history that lies this Catholic cathedral in a Protestant country. The Scandinavians are very pragmatic, and so the extensive trail network, which extends over all of Scandinavia, has been reactivated the way of St. James in France and Spain until relatively recently similar. In contrast to the Pilgrim's way to Northern Spain, there are far fewer pilgrims because the Olav's way is less well known. Thus, there is less infrastructure for pilgrims along the way but also essential. The Olav way requires therefore a little more preparation and planning as the way of St. James, where 5-10km is all a restaurant, cafe or a Greissler. We are marching about 40 km from Oppdal on the Olavsleden towards Trondheim and were thrilled. The lovely landscape, the Norwegian way of life and the overnight on the Bauernhog (E.g. long shopping Fjellgard). My recommendations: - Preparation with a tourist guide E.g. outdoor Publisher - exact route planning using current information from the Norwegian Pilgrim Centre - please note that Olav is the way only conditionally comparable with the Pilgrim's way (E.g. catering, Weather) - who can the Festival of St. Olavs in Trondheim should experience (from 29 August every year). As a result, the third largest city in Norway wins even more flair! Buen Camino, and lots of fun!
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  • The only reason why this attraction is not rated excellent is because it has plenty of room to grow both in services, and offers, but over all was very good. Where to start! The Pilgrim of Saint Olav ...  more »
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