The Gudbrandsdalsleden, the Olav Path

After the death of King Olav in 1030 and his canonization, many pilgrims walked to the holy place of Nidaros to pray, give thanks and do penance. After the Reformation the routes fell into disrepair. Since the 1980s, work has started to restore these age-old routes, the most important of which runs from Oslo to Trondheim, the Gudbrandsdalsleden. Nowadays, modern pilgrims walk along this route for countless reasons, to escape the hectic pace of everyday life, to reflect on their own existence, in search of physical and mental challenges or simply to enjoy nature. Whatever it is, ultimately the tour is so much more than an ordinary mountain hike or a tourist trip.



In a small group we walk the last approximately 220 kilometers of the Gudbrandsdalsleden, the Olav Path, from Dovre to Trondheim. During the first days we walk across the beautiful unspoiled and rugged Dovrefjell plateau; sometimes we can see infinitely far, see Rondane and Jotunheimen in the distance in clear weather. After conquering the mountains, there is more room for fields and farmland, and yet we continue to encounter forests, peat, climbs, quite a few height differences until the last day.

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01. August 1: travel day + hike to Toftemo (approx. 2.7 km)

Arrival at the first accommodation & introduction of the group.

02. August 2: Toftemo – Fokstugu (approx. 20 km)

Today we start the ascent of Dovrefjell. On the bare plateau, wind and weather have free rein. You follow the old king’s road to today’s highest point: Allmannrøysa (1210 meters above sea level). For centuries people have placed a stone on this pile when they passed this point, but now the old road has been given monument status and the laying of stones is no longer allowed here. From Allmanrøysa there is still a descent of more than 6 kilometers to the fjellstue Fokstugu.

03. August 3: Fokstugu – Hageseter (approx. 19.5 km)

We walk back to the other side of the E6 and follow the path along the river Foksåa up through the Foksådal. The first part takes us above the tree line again, but later we mainly walk between birch trees. Along the way we enjoy the magnificent view over Dovrefjell and the Fokstumyra Nature Reserve, Norway’s most famous bird sanctuary. Finally we reach Lake Avsjøen, which we pass on the east side. Through a beautiful and varied terrain we reach Hageseter, where we spend the night.

04. August 4: Hageseter – Kongsvold (approx. 16.5 km)

After only one and a half kilometers we reach Veslehjerkinn; this area was already inhabited during the Viking age. Here stood the first sælehus – a safe haven for pilgrims and travelers – built by order of King Eystein Magnusson. At Hjerkinn, at an altitude of 965 meters, is the Eysteinkyrkja. The church from 1969 is designed after Norway’s national mountain, Snøhetta. We follow the old king’s road over Hjerkinnhø and after a few kilometers we pass the highest point (1288 m) with a beautiful view of Snøhetta and Rondane. Tonight we stay in the ‘palatial’ accommodation Kongsvold Fjeldstue and enjoy a special pilgrim dinner in the historic dining room.

05. August 5: transfer to Oppdal

Today we travel by train or mini-bus from Kongsvoll to Oppdal and you can rest from the efforts of the past few days. It may be a good opportunity to walk to Oppdal Church, which is located 2 kilometers outside the center. Of course you also have the opportunity to look around the center of Oppdal.

06. August 6: Oppdal – Langklopp Fjellgård (approx. 21.5 km)

After leaving Oppdal behind, we continue walking through cultivated landscape and forests, surrounded by a beautiful mountain area. It’s not a difficult hike; we walk on typical Norwegian grusveier, interspersed with grass paths, to the next accommodation address. Along the way we regularly have beautiful views over the valley on your right.

07. August 7: Langklopp Fjellgård – Stamnan (approx. 20 km)

Today’s tour leads through the beautiful Orkla valley – the river meanders through a cultural landscape with vast pine forests on the mountain slopes. Until Skjepphaugen, where we cross the river, we mainly descend. After the bridge we can choose between a steep climb with beautiful views over the valley or a flat walk along the banks of the Orkla. The last 2 kilometers we walk parallel to highway 700.

08. August 8: Stamnan – Hol (approx. 22.5 km)

We reach Rennebu through the forest. After Rennebu we follow national road 700 for one kilometer and then we climb up the mountainside again. On the way we pass some old farms – so-called trønderlån – the typical style of large and medium-sized farms in Trøndelag. When we are back on the main road, it is only a few kilometers to the overnight address.

09. August 9: Hol – Løkken Verk (approx. 19 km)

Today is also a beautiful stage along the Orkla, through Meldal to the mining village of Løkken Verk, mostly on flat gravel, asphalt and grass paths, but after Meldal and Malmplassen there are also a few steep climbs.

10. August 10: Løkken Verk – Gumdalen (approx. 9 km)

A short stage today, so actually half a rest day. At Malmplassen we are reminded of the mining industry and we see some remains of the old smelting furnace. There is also a milestone here that indicates that it is still 61 kilometers to Nidaros.

11. August 11: Gumdalen – Skaun (approx. 21 km)

After passing Lake Solsjøen and Korslia Farm, we reach a shelter designed as a ‘living room’. A great place for a break. Then a tour through a beautiful and deserted peat area begins. This was the route used by the pilgrims in summer, in winter they walked higher along the slope through the snow. After a few kilometers we leave the marshy area again and walk on forest paths and gravel roads to Skaun.

12. August 12: Skaun – Øysanden (approx. 18 km)

The milestone in Skaun states that it is still 38 kilometers to Nidarosdom in Trondheim. We first walk to the historic site of Husaby. We walk between fields and meadows in the direction of the river Gaula.

13. August 13: Øysanden – Nidaros, Trondheim (approx. 21 km)

In the first kilometers of the last stage to Trondheim, a short but tough climb awaits you. Later we walk through a forest area and finally through the streets of Trondheim to the Nidaros Cathedral, the goal of this pilgrimage walk.

14. August 14: travel day

Trip back. You can book extra nights in Trondheim if you want.

14 days of which we walk 11 days, an average of 20 km per day.

From August 1 to August 14, 2024.

7-8 people + 1 guide. Men and women in good shape, who enjoy adventurous walking in a beautiful, sometimes challenging landscape with quite a few height differences, and who prefer not to do it alone. The trip will be definitive when 7 people book.

We spend the night in pilgrim hostels, ranging from simple to comfortable. In a hut on a campsite, in traditional fjellstuer, on authentic farms or in old storehouses, in a motel or on a mattress in a parish house. What is certain is that we are introduced to a special, unusual part of Norway. In most places you use your own sleeping bag.

Under the guidance of Henriëtte van der Noord, pilgrim, walking guide, tour guide and city guide.

All meals are included; sometimes these meals are served, sometimes we cook them together.

Transfer from Dovre station to Toftemo (if needed), transfer from Kongsvold to Oppdal, daily luggage transfer from Toftemo to Trondheim.

Your trip to/from Norway. You will of course be helped to find the trip that suits you best.

This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website (

Contact us for more information: or +31 6 12834782.

€ 2.250 per person.

Your guide

Henriëtte van der Noord (1961) was a teacher in special education for a long time and is now a walker, pilgrim, certified tour guide, walking guide and city guide.

After walking much of St. Olavsleden in 2018 she decided to follow her heart and give her life a different direction. She is experienced in dealing with groups and guiding trips, has knowledge of Norwegian culture and history and she feels happiest in nature.


Guided group tour Gudbrandsdalsleden 2024

  • From August 1 to August 14, 2024

  • 7-8 people + 1 guide

  • Price: € 2.250 per person

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