With 2024 right around the corner, we would like to reflect on 2023 for just a moment. It has been an exciting year. Personally: rebuilding a home that was destroyed by fire three years ago and finally moving in, just before Christmas.

And professionally: we never had so many people we helped with planning and booking their pilgrimage in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Sacha and Ruben both explored parts of the Coastal Path in Norway (more about that later in 2024) and made many new friends. We added two great new people to the Nordic Pilgrim team: Henriëtte van der Noord and Francine Postma, who both will guide groups along different pilgrim paths – a first for our little company. And there is still more to come in the near future.

In the end everything is relative. There are more important and urgent things going on in the world. But we are still very grateful that people put their trust in us when going on often a very personal and intense journey. We hope we can continue this in 2024.

A happy New Year from Sacha Kraan & Ruben Heijloo.

10 years of Nordic Pilgrim

In the commotion of the coming hiking season, we almost forgot our own anniversary: Nordic Pilgrim has been around for ten years! In 2013, founder Ruben was asked by the Swedish St. Olavsleden project to ‘test’ this route

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Learning languages

So you are going on a trip through the Nordic countries and you would like to understand the locals. What is the best way to learn basic language skills? There are real language courses you can follow, of course. Some bigger cities offer real, physical classes. If you want to learn digitally, you could use learning apps, like Duolingo and Babbel. If you are too busy (or lazy) to learn, you could always use the Google Translate app to translate in real time by using the microphone on your telephone.

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What are the Inner and Outer Route?

We receive a lot of questions about the Inner and Outer Route. Here follows a short explanation. The St. Olavsleden (from Selånger to Trondheim) splits into two for the last part in Norway: at Munkeby you can choose to take the Inner or the Outer road to Trondheim. What are the differences between these two routes?

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Some important dates

Every season there are some dates on which it might be difficult to find lodging along certain trails. Something to keep in mind when planning your trip. Here are some of these dates.

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Coastal pilgrimage route

Nordic Pilgrim is researching ways to package (parts of) the Coastal Route for hikers. We are not sure yet if it will be for the 2024 season - but we will keep you poste. Watch this space. But first: watch this short video that we made of the Coastal Route.

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Assistance coupon

Nordic Pilgrim offers free advice to anyone. But if you arrange your own trip and still need some extra security, you can order a Nordic Pilgrim help coupon! We can assist you with last minute bookings, help in case of emergencies, make reservations or even help with translations. See the examples below. Order a coupon to formalize your pilgrim helpline! Contact us for more info.

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