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Östersund - Trondheim

Background

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.

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 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.

You will be biking 367 km and probably a few extra that you just cannot skip beacuse it is so beautiful.

Itinerary

Arrival to Östersund with train or airplane

Day 1, Östersund – Alsen ca. 54 km

Day 2, Alsen – Åre ca. 66 km

Day 3, Åre – Medstugan ca. 54 km

Day 4, Medstugan – Stiklestad ca. 58 km

Day 5, Stiklestad – Munkeby ca. 20 km

Day 6, Munkeby – Ersgard ca. 60 km

Day 7, Ersgard – Trondheim, Nidaros ca. 55 km

By the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim you recieve your pilgrim diploma for all pilgrims tha have biked minimum 200 km or hiked minimum 100 km.

Practical information

You will cycle along St. Olavsleden 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, repair-kit and extra clothing).

For this route we recommend you use either a cyclocross bike or a hard tail cross country bike. You can either bring your own or rent a bike when making your reservation. In certain places along the trail you can choose different routes depending on the terrain you prefer.

How to get there: We recommend you to take the train to Östersund and start hiking just from the railway station.
It is possible to fly to Åre-Östersund airport also.

This is included

  • Simple, shared accommodation with bed linen (varies between pilgrim shelters, hostels, camp site cabins and hotels)
  • Breakfast, (except day 4)
  • Dinners, (except day 3)
  • Packed lunch, (except day 4)
  • Luggage transport (one piece of luggage per person)
  • Route information
  • Pilgrim pass

WHAT CLIENTS SAY?

"Hi Sofie, I just had to take a minute to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip.  It was an amazing adventure, everything and more that I dared hope for and every bit as hard that I worried about.  We can't stop talking about it.  There are so many special places and people from each day.  I have a hard time expressing my feelings about it.  I guess that may be the pilgrimage part, or the beauty of your people and countryside.  I just loved it all.  Thank you for this trip!"

Julie, US

"Hey, we are all back in London and Madrid, safe and happy. Everything was amazing! Thank you on behalf of all of us! Please let us know if you want reviews  or recommendations for your webiste etc. Talk to you soon!"

Horacio, Argentina

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