10 days (June-September) – During this walking tour you will walk from Oppdal through a beautiful cultural landscape along the river Orkla, through forests and bogs to the city of Trondheim where the imposing Nidaros Cathedral is located. The shrine of Olav the Saint once stood in this church.
“From Oppdal to Trondheim – a wonderful introduction to the Olav Path.
Day 1: 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 kilometres outside the center. Of course you also have the opportunity to look around the center of Oppdal.
Day 2: 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 gravel roads, interspersed with grass paths, to the next accommodation address. Along the way you regularly have beautiful views over the valley on your right.
Day 3: 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 kilometres you walk parallel to highway 700.
Day 4: Stamnan – Hol (approx. 22.5 km)
You reach Rennebu through the forest. After Rennebu you follow national road 700 for one kilometre 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 kilometres to the overnight address.
Day 5: 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.
Day 6: 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 kilometres to Nidaros.
Day 7: 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 kilometres you leave the marshy area again and walk on forest paths and gravel roads to Skaun.
Day 8: 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.
Day 9: Øysanden – Nidaros, Trondheim (approx. 21 km)
In the first kilometres 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.
Day 10: travel day
Duration: 10 days.
Included: accommodation, most meals (5x dinner, 8x breakfast/packed lunch), bed linen, booking, assistance through app (if needed).
Not included: train and plane tickets; luggage transfer