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.



A self-guided hike to Trondheim. During this tour you walk from the town of Oppdal, through a beautiful cultural landscapes along the river Orkla, through forests and bogs to the city of Trondheim where the imposing Nidaros Cathedral stands. The shrine of Olav the Saint once stood in this church. Luggage transfer along the route is possible.

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01. Travel day. Overnight stay in Oppdal

Depending on your arrival time, 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.

02. Oppdal – Langklopp Fjellgård (approx. 21.5 km)

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

03. 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 you cross the river, you mainly descend. After the bridge you 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 you walk parallel to highway 700.

04. Stamnan – Hol (approx. 22.5 km)

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

05. Hol – Løkken Verk (approx. 19 km)

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

06. Løkken Verk – Gumdalen (approx. 9 km)

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

07. Gumdalen – Skaun (approx. 21 km)

After passing Lake Solsjøen and Korslia Farm, you will 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 you leave the marshy area again and walk on forest paths and gravel roads to Skaun.

08. Skaun – Øysanden (approx. 18 km)

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

09. Øysanden – Trondheim (approx. 21 km)

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

10. Travel day

You can book extra nights in Trondheim if you want.

10 days of which you walk 8 days, an average of 18 kilometers per day.


The route is described as ‘moderate’, which means that if you are a trained walker the route is easy to do. You cross rocky paths, forests, gravel and asphalt. There is no climbing involved. If you want to walk the entire route, you need to be in good shape. We also recommend that you bring good hiking equipment – broken-in hiking boots, a comfortable backpack and possibly walking sticks. Planning the entire route requires time, so start planning early and don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.

You spend the nights 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 you are introduced to a special, unusual part of Norway. In one place you use your own sleeping bag and share the room with others.

Meals can be booked – but not for all places: 5x dinner, 8x breakfast/packed lunch.

Luggage transfer is possible along this hike. Ask us for details.

Bed linen (except in Skaun), booking, assistance through app (if needed).

Luggage transfer (ask us for more information), bed linen in Skaun (sleeping bag needed – or a transfer to a nearby other accommodation that does have bed linen), plane- and train tickets. 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.

  • € 990 (one person, single room where available)
  • € 1.690 (two persons, double room where available)


Self-guided hike along Gudbrandsdalsleden, Norway

  • Available from June to August

  • 10 days of which you walk 8 days, an average of 18 kilometers per day.

  • € 990 (one person, single room where available)

  • € 1.690 (two persons, double room where available)

Contact us for more info