Attractions in Steinkjer
An open-air museum consisting of a fully restored farmstead from the 19th century, Egge Museum is an an agricultural center with exhibits of modern-day agriculture and a hydroelectric power plant in Østbyfossen waterfall. The county farm from 1919 clearly shows Egge as a modern community. Like pearls on a string, you can see burial sites from the Iron Age along both sides of the road leading into the yard of Egge farm, a community with a thousand year-old history and which is well known from the sagas.
There is a wealth of activities and entertainment to partake in during the summer season: Whittling, horse and carriage rides, baking, carpentry, jumping in the hay, pony-riding, exploring and much more. You can also experience a Viking Festival in true Viking style, and get a glimpse of how people lived in the Viking Age.
The Egge area is a large and unique area rich in pre-historic and cultural monuments. You will find prehistoric monuments from a stone age dwelling in Våttåbakken, and Iron Age stone remains at Ølvisheim, in addition to the stones at Tingvold, set in the shape of a Viking ship.
This is also a great hiking area, and the scenic Eggevammen can boast a great view of the city and the fjord.
Jakob Weideman is considered one of the most important artists in the Norwegian Modernism of the 1950s, and he was one of the forerunners of abstract art in Norway in the ten years following the Second World War. Steinkjer Church, also known as Weidemann's Cathedral, is his masterpiece, and towers high with its 124 feet freestanding clock tower. The church is open for casual visits in July. Please check with the tourist information for the exact opening hours.
There is also a permanent Jacob Weideman exhibition in the Town Hall, with the stained glass paintings that were created for the decoration of Steinkjer Church as the centerpiece. The exhibition is free and open to the public when the Town Hall is open.
Norway's geographical midpoint
This point lies in the Ogndalsfjella mountains in Steinkjer between the Vakkerlifjellet mountain and Skjækervatnet lake. The actual point is marked by a stone cairn, and a rest area with an information board is located nearby. It is 6 miles one way from the car park at Lustadvatnet lake, and the area you'll be walking through is a great area for hunting, fishing and hiking.
There is also a good selection of accommodation in the area, amongst others, Mokk Farm and the various cabins owned by Steinkjer Municipality Forests - OgndalsBruket KF.
Bunadburet at Bjerkem
Berit Bjerkem produces and sells the traditional Norwegian costumes called "bunads" from Trøndelag at Bunadburet Bjerkem Farm in Øver-Bjerkem in Henning in Steinkjer Municipality. There is an exhibition of art and national costumes on the premises.
The folk costumes are reconstructed based on the clothing style in the northern parts of Trøndelag in the period 1750 to 1840. This folk costume is worn on festive occasions and features beautiful fabrics, colours, cuts and details from the county and owner's home municipality. The exhibition and shop is open from 15 June to 15 August, Monday to Friday between 1 pm and 4 pm, or by appointment.
A granite church in Romanesque-Norman style from the early Middle Ages, Mære Church stems from around 1100 AD and seats 250 people. Please contact the tourist information for accurate opening times during the summer season.
Steinkjer's only operational summer mountain farm, called a "seter" in Norwegian, this farm is open in July and some of August. This is a good place to enjoy genuine mountain farm experiences, and it is great fun for the kids as well as the rest of the family. The farm can offer good atmosphere with pail milking of cows, separation of milk in the old way, and close contact with cats, cows, rabbits, horses, lambs and chickens. A children's corner is situated on the meadow, with a sandbox, swing, mini farm house and an especially made wooden dairy cow for the little ones to play with. Hatlingsetrahas an idyllic location overlooking the Hatlingsvatnet lake. In the summer season there are open mountain farm days on Sundays.
Limestone caves and copper mines
Mokk Farm is a traditional mountain farm. It is located in scenic surroundings just below the bare mountains and the border of Blåfella-Skjækerfjella National Park. Here you can go on an exciting trip through limestone caves or join an adventurous trip to the copper mines from the 1700s.
Bølareinen Nature Park
There are many rock carvings in the Bøla area, dating from the Stone Age. The best known of these is the 6000-year-old Bølareinen (the "Bøla Reindeer"), which is one of the most famous rock carvings in Norway. It is part of a larger carving, where, in addition to Bølareinen, you will see a bear, a seabird and a man on skis. There is also a nature trail with a wonderful view of the Snåsavatnet lake.
Bardal rock carvings
At Bardal in South-Beistad, not far from Steinkjer city center, you will find one of Trøndelag's largest collections of rock paintings. The 3,229 square feet large rock surface consists of over 400 paintings. What is so special about this area is that the paintings date from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
This area in Sparbu is believed to be North Trøndelag's largest burial ground, dating from approximately 800 AD. Homesteads, a so-called round yard, burials and large burial mounds found in Skeifeltet signify the remains of a chieftain environment.
One of Trøndelag most distinctive cultural heritage sites and can be found at Helge in Byafossen in Steinkjer. The Helgefeltet area contains several burial mounds and stone monuments.
You can find one of the largest collections of burial mounds from the Bronze Age, about 40 in number, at Toldnes. Many of these have a considerable size, with several tombs in the same mound. In the 20 or so mounds examined, there were at total of 48 people buried.
Attractions in Levanger
The Falstad Center
This museum is located in Ekne in Levanger and based in the main building of the former German prison camp "SS Strafgefangenlager Falstad". Today Falstadsentret is a Norwegian Memorial and Human Rights Center. There is a permanent museum exhibition, as well as temporary exhibitions. You will find a large collection of photographs from the war years and the initial period after the liberation.
With a collection of about 600 000 negatives, mainly from professional photographers in Nord-Trøndelag, Levanger Museum covers a time span of more than 150 years. Most important are the Bjerkan, Ingulfvand and Renbjør collections. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions, museum shop with sales of photographic art, glass art, books, and much more.
The City Museum in Levanger
Experience Levanger's history, historic buildings and places through the City Museum in Levanger. Several historic buildings, mainly dating from the 19th century, are accessible to visitors. Other places of interest may include Brusve farm and the Dampskibrygga steam boat wharf.
This is the main church in Skogn parish in Levanger. Alstadhaug Church is built in stone in the late 1100s, during the transition between the Romanesque and the Gothic periods. Please contact the tourist information for accurate opening times during the summer season.
Hotlåsfeltet in Levanger has rock carvings from the Stone Age and there are around a hundred animal figures carved into the flat rock surfaces. To get there, take the E6 road and exit towards Ronglan south of Levanger city center. There is ample parking available close by the field.
This church is part of an old Cistercian Monastery by Okkenhaug in Levanger. The abbey's foundation was quite possibly first built by English monks between 1150 - 1180 AD, and it was in its day the most northernly Cistercian foundation in the world.
The ruins today only consist of the church building, which was a parish church until 1589. Now, the abbey adventure has been recreated, and in 2007 the now-Trappist Abbey of Cîteaux in France decided to establish a new Cistercian monastery at Munkeby, the first new foundation directly from the very first house of the Order in 500 years. A monastery was built and four monks took residence there in 2009. They started the production of French cheece, based on Norwegian produce, and the Munkeby Cheese has become incredibly popular in a very short space of time. The new monastery is situated about 1 mile from the medieval ruins. The monestary now forms a companion community to the Trappistine nuns who have re-settled the site of the former Tautra Abbey. The name of the modern abbey is simply Munkeby Mariakloster.
Arboret is latin and means "collection of trees and bushes". Levanger Arboret is situated in Staupsmarka between Levanger College and Staup and Nesheim School. There are1300 different species of trees and bushes here, and around 1.4 miles of trails, which makes this a fabulous recreational area with a great view of the city of Levanger.
The purpose of the arboret is to gather trees and bushes already planted in Central Norway, and import "new" plants from abroad to see how these survive in our climate. The secondary purpose is to maintain the area as a recreational area for everyone.
All plants are labelled, showing plant species, Norwegian and Latin names, year of planting, plant supplier and registration number.
Ytterøy Open Air Museum
Open in July, The Ytterøy Open Air Museum can also be visited at other times of the year by prior arrangement.
This island is also an attraction in itself, as Ytterøy is rightly called the pearl of the Trondheimsfjord. Ytterøy Island has a beauftiful rolling culture landscape characterised by long periods of human activity and care. The island has a network of roads that is suited for various round-trip excursions, both by car and by bike.
Attractions in Verdal
Stiklestad National Culture Center
Norway's history books might be rather slim if it weren't for Innherred. The Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 AD is arguably the most famous battle in Norway's history, and this is where the christian Viking king Olav Haraldsson fell in battle against local chieftains, and was later declared Saint Olav. The Battle of Stiklestad is considered the most important event in connection with the consolidation of national kingship and Christianity's definitive breakthrough in Norway.
Stiklestad National Culture Centre has an outdoor museum with exhibitions and guided tours during the summer season. Stiklestad is a great place to see and experience history. Most famous is the oldest and largest open air theatre in Norway where "Spelet om Heilag Olav" ("The Play about St. Olav") is performed annually during the "Olsok festival days" in late July.
During the summer season "Stiklestad Summer" offers daily adventures for young and old. In the medieval farm Stiklastadir you can step back 1,000 years in time and at the folk museum you can watch the maid Dortea and experience what life was like 100 years ago in the travelling theatre "Gårdimillom".
There is also a year-round culture center at Stiklestad, with exhibitions, a musem shop, restaurant and café, and meeting and conference facilities.
Believed to have been designed by Archbishop Eystein Erlendson, Stiklestad Churchwas the first church at Stiklestad and is believed to be built on the site where St. Olav fell in 1030 AD. It is situated next to Stiklestad National Culture Center.
A unique collection of relics from early and late Iron Age, lasting from 500 BC to 1030 AD, the burial ground at Hallemsmarka is the largest in Verdal and one of the largest in North-Trøndelag. In all, there are 80 burial mounds and three of the mounds are over 98 feet in diameter, the largest of which is 131 feet in diameter and 19 feet high.
The Værdal Fortifications
One of Norway’s most spectacular defence installations, The Værdal Fortifications is reached by taking an exciting trail that passes through historic and beautiful landscape. The fortifications are open most Sundays from 1 June to 1 October.
On Tronestangen in Verdal more than 200 different bird species have been observed, and Trones and Ørin in Verdal is a paradise for bird watching in Innherred. Several bird towers have been built in the vicinity of known habitats. These areas in Innherred house several thousand pink-footed geese from mid-April to mid-May. In addition, a number of other species of waterfowl can often be seen in this area.
Attractions in Inderøy
Nils Aas Kunstverksted
Nils Aas (1933 - 2004) is considered one of Norway's most important sculptors. The art studio Nils Aas Kunstverksted is located in the center of Straumen in Inderøy, where Nils Aas grew up, and contains a large collection of art by Nils Aas and a gallery featuring contemporary art. An art shop and art workshop for children and young people is also found there.
The Muustrø Park is a beautiful park in the center of Straumen in Inderøy, located close to the Nils Aas Kunstverksted art studio. Here you can use all your senses as you wander along the path: Large and small sculptures by Nils Aas and an old mill are just some of the attractions.
Ringstu is among Inderøy's oldest preserved bulidings and stands in the middle of the park. At the mouth of the Grana river you can stroll over the Muusbrua bridge from 1816 to the sound of the sculpture "Flounder".
The Golden Route
This road passes through a beautiful landscape along Rv761 in Inderøy municipality in Nord-Trøndelag. Traditional farm produce and organic ingredients, arts and handicrafts, and farm visits are among the goods and experiences available along "The Golden Route".
Saga center for photography
This center is a dream for creative people who want to gain inspiration and develop their talent. Set in a tranquil setting with a beach property and surrounded by some of Norway's most beautiful scenery. In addition to workshops, Saga can offer an art gallery, photo studio and accommodation.
This bridge connects Mosvik at the Fosen peninsula to Inderøy, and is one of the world's longest cable-stayed suspension bridges, and the characteristic red cables reach into the sky like a giant harp. Under the bridge, in the Skarnsund strait, you will find a favourite area for scuba diving and fishing.
This establishment has an exhibition and sales outlet of North-Trønder National Costumes which is open all year round and is a member of The Golden Route.
Sakshaug Old Church
A large church in relation to the other medieval churches in the county, the Sakshaug Old Church has a nave that is 68 feet long and 41 feet wide. The choir of the church is 26 feet long and 29 feet wide. The nave is the oldest part of Sakshaug Old Church, built in Romanesque style around the mid-1100s. This church is a member of The Golden Route.
Hustad medieval church
A long church in Inderøy Municipality in Nord-Trøndelag dating from 1150. Hustad Church is owned by the Society for the Protection of Norwegian Ancient Monuments and is not a parish church. It is a member of The Golden Route.
Attractions in Snåsa
Saemien Sijte – South Sami Muesum
A South Sámi Museum and Cultural Center, located in the heart of the southern Sami areas.
Imparting knowledge about Sámi culture and history - past and present, Saemien Sijte is also a venue for research and management, in addition to being a meeting place with activities and events. In the museum shop you can buy Sami literature, music and crafts and more.
Summer Mouintain Farms
Snåsa has around 15 active summer mountain farms at any time, where the cows graze on fresh herb-rich grass that give the milk and mountain farm products special qualities. The atmosphere is special and makes it a great place to enjoy a local meal. You get the opportunity to taste home made churned butter, freshly made from milk straight from the cow at the farm, and freshly cooked sour cream porridge, amongst other things.
Close to the town center of Snåsa, Bergåsen has a large population of wild orchids, and Snåsa has chosen the "lady's slipper" orchid as its municipal flower. Hence, this flower also features on the municipal coat of arms. In all, 17 different species of orchids have been registered in Snåsa. There is a marked nature trail in Bergåsen starting in the town center.
Not far from Saemien Sijte and Snåsa Church is the childhood home of "The Snåsa Man" Joralf Gjerstad, a self-proclaimed healer. It has been restored and is today virtually identical to how it looked during Gjerstad's childhood.
Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park
A large part of the Snåsa area consists of Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park. If you like hiking to genuine mountain farms, in deep forests or open mountain areas, and go on hunting and fishing trips, then Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park is worth exploring. Parts of this national park also extend into the municipalities of Steinkjer and Verdal.