- This article is an itinerary.
The pilgrim routes have a long history, since the medieval times when Trondheim, at that time called Nidaros, was the religious centre of much of northern Europe, but have been revived in later years. Although real pilgrimages are arranged along the route, and many of the travellers on the routes are there for religious or at least spiritual reasons, the routes are also promoted as general slow-tourism routes, with emphasis on landscape, historical sights, local culture and local food.
From Värmland through Trysil and Tynset to Trondheim. The marked trail starts at the Norwegian border, but the historic route starts at Hammarø by Vänern, and there was lively traffic along the route from the monastery in Vadstena by Vättern. The trail goes partly through very sparsely inhabited areas and some hiking and orienteering skills are needed to follow the route. There are simple cabins along the route, making budget travel easy also for those that do not want to use a tent.
St. Olav path
The Fjord Pilgrim Route
From Rogaland along the fjords and archipelagos to Trondheim.
St. Olav Waterway
A new leg, the St. Olav Waterway from Turku via the Archipelago Sea and Åland connects to the established leg from Hudiksvall. It was certified in 2019 and will be officially opened 24 May 2019, with a walk starting from Turku Cathedral the following day. The waterway partly follows the Archipelago Trail along Skärgådsvägen, the regional road, but also uses smaller gravel and dirt roads and the many ferries via smaller islands. It is also possible to use kayak or other small vessels for much of the distance.