St. Olavsleden, the St. Olav Path

St. Olavsleden is the world’s northernmost pilgrim’s way: from Selånger (Sweden) to Trondheim (Norway). The 580 km-long trail leads over mountains and through forests, along lakes and historical sites. St. Olavsleden is the Scandinavian answer to El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the famous pilgrimage to Spain.


The St. Olav’s Path begins in the almost Mediterranean Selånger, near Sundsvall at the Swedish east coast. After a walk through deep forests, along mirroring lakes and deserted country roads, this first stage ends in Bräcke. More experienced walkers could consider combining a couple of the shorter walks into one longer walk. Ask us for the possibilities.

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01. Travel day. Overnight stay in Selånger or Sundsvall

You can choose between a hotel in Sundsvall or a B&B in Selånger – near the start of the route.

02. Selånger – Matfors (approx. 15 km)

From Sundsvall is only a few kilometers by bus to Selånger. Here, the real journey begins at the church ruins of Selånger, where Olav Haraldsson stepped ashore and began his journey to Norway a thousand years ago. You can take a tour on the grounds before you take your first steps towards Trondheim. The hike passes through agricultural area and is quite easy.

03. Matfors – Stöde (approx. 26 km)

A lovely, albeit monotonous walk the shores of beautiful Lake Stöde, where there are enough beaches and secluded spots to catch your breath.

04. Stöde – Torpshammar (approx. 24 km)

On day three a relatively easy walk through green fields and along streams to Torpshammar, the geographical centre of Sweden.

05. Torpshammar – Fränsta (approx. 14 km)

From Torpshammar is a fairly easy and pleasant stroll towards Fränsta. The impressive church of Fränsta, situated along the water, has a statue of St. Olav from the thirteenth century.

06. Fränsta – Borgsjö (approx. 13 km)

Through quiet country lanes you pilgrimage continues to Borgsjö, a well-known place in the St. Olav legends: it is here that Olav created a spring by hitting the ground with his staff. His thirsty men and horses were probably very thankful.

07. Borgsjö – Lombäcken (approx. 18 km)

On day six, the walk continues along forest paths and meadows, slowly going uphill. The hike is relatively heavy, but very rewarding. You stay in a simple ‘stuga’ in the middle of the forest – without electricity or streaming water.

08. Lombäcken – Bräcke (approx. 24 km)

The journey continues, over narrow forest roads and through small villages, in the direction of Bräcke, the largest and most important town in the region. Bräcke grew enormously in the late 19th century, with the arrival of the railway. The centre of the village has a kind of Wild West atmosphere, with wooden houses and porches.

09. Travel day

It is just a five-minute walk from the accommodation to the train station, which has a connection to Stockholm.

9 days of which you walk 7. The average is 19 kilometers per day.


The route is easy to moderate, which means that the route is easy to do for a trained hiker. There is no climbing involved and there are no real height differences. You cross forest paths, gravel and asphalt. We recommend that you bring good hiking equipment – broken-in hiking boots, a comfortable backpack and possibly walking sticks.

You spend the nights in pilgrim accommodations, ranging from simple to comfortable. Cabins, at home with locals, B&B’s, hotels and everything in-between. It is not necessary to bring bed linen  – although it can save you some money if you do.

Meals are included – but not for all places. If meals are not available, there are restaurants nearby or a kitchen available in the accommodation.

Luggage transfer is possible along this route, but it is quite costly. Ask us for details.

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

Luggage transfer, 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.

  • € 975 (one person, single room where available)
  • € 1.585 (two persons, double room where available)


Self-guided hike along St. Olavsleden, from Selånger to Bräcke

  • Available from May to September

  • 9 days, of which you walk 7, with an average of 19 kilometers per day.

  • € 975 (one person, single room where available)

  • € 1.585 (two persons, double room where available)

Contact us for more info