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Walk the Pilgrim Road to Nidaros

 


Our Pilgrim Road started at Hjerkinn.

The Pilgrim Road to Nidaros is a long-distance footpath with a difference.
In Dovrefjell you can find nice hiking paths if you are a beginner, and experienced
hiker can find the challenge they're looking for. Our Pilgrim path is perfect for family with
children.

Visit the Eystein church before the trip.

Eystein church was built in 1969, designed by architect Magnus Poulsson and named
not for a saint but after King Eystein Magnusson, who had a saelehus (hospice) build
on Dovrefjell for pilgrims and other travellers, though it is uncertain whether it was at
Vesle Hjerkinn or on the site where the Fjellstue now stand.

We started our trip at the church and continue behind the church, through the woods
and then left up earth road to pick up PL by waymarks. Otherwise - turn R(facing church)
over stile to campsite.

The pilgimsleden continues(from the Fjellstue) throught campsite, passing to L of
reception building. The "Royal Road" was a bridleway at first, but then in the 1700s
it was made suitable for horse-drawn traffic. Go through gate and continue up hill,
on clear grassy track and less steep. KSO for 4km to Hjerkinhø 1200m.

Literally "Hjerkin hill". Waymark stone informs you that there are now 208 km left
to Nidaros. (Trondheim) Stony area with a lot of cairns. Splended views all round on
a clear day.

F rom here you have a beautiful view and can see Snøhetta in the north west direction.
You can also see Grønbakken farm, this farm had year-round operation up to 1964.

We did not saw any Musk on the trip, they are as far as I know 30 km north West of our location. This is a easy trip for ordinary people without any training.



GPS position for Hjerkinn fjellstue 3253050E 689840N

Experience the wild beauty of Dovrefjell.

The landscape in Dovrefjell National Park, about 20 miles north of Dombas
(which is about a four-hour train ride north of Oslo), is bleak and treeless with
rivers fed by waterfalls and patches of snow, much like the moors of Wales or
the Scottish Highlands. Its unique ecological system has been
called Europe's last remaining wilderness.

It was sculpted millions of years ago by glaciers when Mother Nature was a
teen-ager, and like a typical teen-ager she didn't clean up after herself
very well.

In the years since, all that has grown over these jumbled rocks is thick
moss, pale yellow lichen, an off-white lichen that looks like tiny
cauliflower florets, occasional heather and gourse - actually I am guessing
at that - and stunted knee-high willows that musk-ox love to eat.


Dovrefjell are well known for its flora.
Here you have our last approximate intact high mountain ecosystem in the Europe
With wild reindeer, wolverine, arctic fox live in peaceful coexistence just here in
Dovrefjell-Skrymtheimen area.

Musk Ox from Dovrefjell

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Dovrefjell , mountainous region of S Norway, c.100 mi (160 km)
long and 40 mi (60 km) wide, culminating in Snøhetta (7,500 ft/2,286 m high). It is crossed by the Dovre railway and highway and is the source of several important rivers. It is a symbol of stead fastness and independence in Norwegian folklore and literature.

travel links

Website Catalog for Traveling in Norway

Pilgrim Road to Nidaros
A Cicerone Guide.

A walker’s guide to the 643km medieval pilgrim road from Oslo to Nidaros (Trondheim)
Cathedral, where Saint Olav (the king of Norway responsible for much of the conversion
of the country to Christianity) was buried. His shrine was the focus of many miracles, and
was the culmination of the fourth most important pilgrim route in Europe after Rome,
Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela. From the tenth century until the reformation it attracted pilgrims not only from Norway and the rest of Scandinavia but also Russia, the
Baltic countries, Germany and Britain as well. Cleared and waymarked in 1997 the route
has been rediscovered, and is being actively promoted as walking pilgrim path.

As well as giving directions for walking the route, the books gives full information on
facilities along the way, together with detailed sketch maps. It also provides information
on places of interest along the route and the history of the pilgrimage, and a list of suggestions for further reading and glossary of geographical and useful terms.
This is the only guide to the route in English.

 

 

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