Hike

Sundsvall/Selånger - Trondheim

Overview

This is the full pilgrim experience, when you hike the St Olavs route from coast to coast, 564 km.

The route St. Olavsleden stretches 564 km from the Gulf of Bothnia to the Atlantic Ocean. The Swedish-Norwegian part of the trail begins in Selånger outside the city Sundsvall and runs through a varied landscape of large forests, river valleys, agricultural grounds and mountains until it reaches the blue fiord by the ocean.

Viking king Olav Haraldson went ashore in Selånger and then crossed Medelpad and Jämtland on his journey back to Norway. He reached Stiklestad but there he died in battle on July 29th 1030. He was canonised a year after his death and his image can be seen in the church of Frösön. He is buried in the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, which early became an important destination for Christian pilgrims.

Itinerary

Arrival to Sundsvall, transfer or walk to the start of St Olavs trail by the church in Selånger

Day 1, Selånger to Matfors 14 km

Day 2, Matfors – Stöde, 28 km

Day 3, Stöde – Fränsta, 26 km

Day 4, Fränsta – Borgsjö, 18 km

Day 5, Borgsjö – county border, 21 km

Day 6, county border – Bräcke, 21 km

Day 7, Bräcke – Gällö, 23 km

Day 8, Gällö – Pilgrimstad, 15 km

Day 9, Pilgrimstad – Brunflo, 23 km

Day 10, Brunflo – Östersund, 17 km

Day 11, Resting day in Östersund. Enjoy a long breakfast and see the city of Östersund during the day. A spa visit maybe....

Day 12, Östersund – Rödön, 18 km

Day 13 Rödön – Vaplan, 20 km

Day 14, Vaplan – Alsen, 16 km

Day 15, Alsen – Mörsil, 26 km

Day 16, Mörsil – Hålland, 21 km

Day 17, Hålland – Åre, 19 km

Day 18, Resting day in Åre, the village below the largest ski area in Sweden. Plenty of good restaurants to enjoy.

Day 19, Åre – Duved, 13 km

Day 20, Duved – Stalltjärnsstugan, 20 km

Day 21, Stalltjänsstugan – Skalstugan, 21 km

Day 22, Skalstugan – Riksgränsen – Sul, 23 km

Day 23, Sul – Vuku, 23 km

Day 24, Vuku – Stiklestad, 12 km

Day 25, Resting day in Stiklestad

Day 26, Stiklestad – Munkeby, 20 km

Day 27, Munkeby – Markabygd, 20km

Day 28, Markabygd – Borås farm, 24km

Day 29, Borås farm – Ersgard, 20km  

Day 30, Ersgard – Folden farm, 21km

Day 31, Folden farm – Vikhammer, 16km

Day 32, Vikhammer – Trondheim, Nidaros, 18 km

The last kilometers goes right through the heart of Trondheim finally you reach the goal of your journey – Nidarosdomen Cathedral where Saint Olavs remains are placed.

In Nidaros you will receive your well deserved pilgrimage diploma.

Practical information

You will hike along St. Olavs route mainly on gravel roads, large paths and small asphalt roads. You set your own pace and decide where and when to take your breaks and have your packed lunch so that you can enjoy the sites and the scenery along the route. We will transport your luggage from day to day, which means you only have to carry what you need for the day (packed lunch, thermos/water bottle, map and extra clothing).

For this route we recommend you to use hiking boots, and bring a lighter pair of shoes to change with.

Upon reservation you will receive a packing list and a detailed program.

How to get there: We recommend you to take the train to Sundvall and start the hike from the railway station or from there take the local bus number 1 to the bus stop "Selånger kyrkan" to start the walk where the actual St Olavsleden starts.

It is easy to take the train from Stockholm to Sundvall and begin the pilgrimage just by the railway station.

This is included

  • Simple, shared accommodation (varies between pilgrim shelters, hostels, camp site cabins and hotels)
  • Bed linen and towel
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch pack (that you prepare from the breakfast)
  • Dinners where applicable (if not there is a kitchen to use)
  • Transport of luggage
  • Route information
  • Pilgrim pass
  • Price range 38 000 - 45 000 sek

WHAT CLIENTS SAY?

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Julie, US

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