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Østerdalsleden — Norway's wildest pilgrim route

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Østerdalsleden — Norway's wildest pilgrim route

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9-19

days

3-6 h

/ day

128 mi

12,500 ft

14,075 ft

Around one thousand years ago, king Olav was laid to rest where now the mighty Nidaros Cathedral has its place in Trondheim. During the late medieval times, year by year, courageous travelers would make pilgrimages through Norway’s rough and beautiful nature to pay king Olav their respect. Today, the Østerdasleden is still the wildest and probably cheapest of the St. Olav pilgrim routes. Over the course of nine beautiful stages, you will hike from the village of Tynset through forests, valleys and over the Fjell, always following the path northward.

You will spend your nights in simple huts along the way or in a tent on a campground or on traditional Norwegian farms. Lush green Meadows in the Fjell and deep blue mountain lakes shape the scenery along your journey, as well as the historical wooden churches and chapels along the Pilgrimsleden, the Norwegian word for pilgrim route.

As a reward for the over 200 kilometers you will have under your feet by the end, the beautiful Nidarosdom Cathedral and its pilgrim center await you. There, you’ll be awarded with a certificate for what you just accomplished, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved cup of coffee, eat some treats and to finally put your feet up. And if not already, the charming town of Trondheim will catch you with its charm, sights and people.

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    Difficult
    05:54
    13.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,675 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The small but well-known community Tynset on the shores of Glomma is the starting point for the nine-day pilgrimage to Trondheim. You can stay overnight at Tynset Rom & Camping, opposite there is a supermarket to stock up on groceries.The journey on the other side of Glomma up to the fjell, from where you have a great view of the summit of the Tron and into the Østerdal itself.

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  • Difficult
    07:11
    16.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, the pilgrim route leads you again above the tree line towards the northeast to Dalsbygda. This small village is not only the home of many cows and sheep, but has also spawned one of the best Norwegian cross-country skiers: Therese Johaug.You can spend the night at the friendly Hof Meierigården, whose café sells local products and is a central meeting place for the 600 inhabitants of the village.

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  • Difficult
    07:27
    17.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,775 ft
    600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After stocking up on food at Meierigården, the third stage will take you out of Dalsbygda through Vangrøftdalen. A bit off the beaten track is the rustic farm Spelmovollen, which also offers overnight accommodation.The pilgrimage continues to the small hut Hognabua on Forollsjøen. Enjoy the tranquility up here and if you still have energy left, make a detour to the Forollhogna, from where you have a fantastic view over the surrounding fjell.

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  • Intermediate
    04:41
    10.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    2,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today you can expect a relaxing day: there are hardly any altitude to deal with while the path leads comfortably down to Budalen.All the more time is left to you today's stage destination, the open-air museum Storbekkøya, to explore more precisely and gather in the local café forces for the next stages.

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  • Difficult
    08:24
    18.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,700 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A long stage is ahead of you today, but luckily it's more downhill than uphill. Once you have climbed the saddle between the lumps and the Vinterskaftet, you can relax …

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  • Difficult
    06:54
    15.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,125 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The ascent to Storfjellet is rewarded with the view over the popular destination Samsjøen. Here the Norwegians like to go fishing, hiking and cycling in summer. Enjoy again the view above the tree line, because so slowly you approach Trondheim on the coast.The feel of the Fjell can be well enjoyed in today's refurbished Samatun hut. Cook something delicious and sit by the lake Håen to enjoy the sunset - maybe you'll get nice company from the valley too.

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  • Difficult
    06:56
    15.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Shortly after departure, the first highlight of the day awaits you: St. Olavsknippen - source, pilgrim way markings and lookout point at the same time. From here you can already see for the first time the destination of your pilgrimage, the Nidarsdomen in Trondheim. In the course of the day, the vegetation becomes greener and more wooded and civilization is approaching.

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  • Difficult
    05:26
    11.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The penultimate stage takes you through mostly forested areas to the southern foothills of Trondheim. Even some city dwellers will spend the weekend here in the countryside.A (recent) historic …

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  • Intermediate
    04:52
    11.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    325 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The final stage of the pilgrimage leads along the idyllic Nidelva, so you do not have to run across the city. If you cross the big bridge over the Nidelva, …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    128 mi
  • Duration
    57:45 h
  • Elevation
    12,500 ft14,075 ft

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