Biking, hiking or driving is great ways to explore the beautiful countryside of Innherred.
Leksdalsvatnet lake round trip
Demanding: Approximately 46 miles.
The Leksdalsvatnet lake is located in the Verdal and Steinkjer municipalities. The lake is approximately 20 miles around, and there is a passable road all the way. Leksdalsvatnet lake is a popular place for fishing and has several good spots for swimming and playing in the water. The starting point for the round trip can be either Stiklestad National Culture Centre or Steinkjer. It can be completed in one go, or as two to three separate trips.
See route description and map of the Leksdalsvatnet lake round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Borgenfjorden round trip
Easy: Approximately 19 miles – 11 miles of which is gravel road.
A great bike ride of 18 miles around Borgfjorden in the Inderøy and Steinkjer municipalities. The route winds its way between farms and through the beautiful landscape, passing among others Mære Church, Gjørv Farm and Gulburet.
See route description and map of the Borgenfjorden round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Round trip Steinkjer - Henning
Medium: 15 miles.
Only a short distance from Steinkjer town centre this round trip takes you out of town and into less trafficked roads.
Henning is a village just east of the town centre, in an area of varied scenery. On this trip you will ride on both gravel and asphalt, municipal and county roads. The route has some uphill stretches, but only one section that is really steep. It is possible to combine the trip with other nearby walks, and also to shorten the trip if so desired.
See route description and map of the Steinkjer - Henning round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Steinkjer - The Golden Route - Stiklestad
Medium: 45 miles.
Experience The Golden Route and Norway's history by bike. Take a few hours or three days to experience the local scenery and history, get to know Saint Olav and enjoy the taste of the area's exciting local dishes.
See route description and map of the Steinkjer - The Golden Route - Stiklestad round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Straumen round trip
Easy: 4 miles
This round trip is a great bike ride in Straumen and the surrounding area that offers some of the best scenery in the region. Straumen is named after the second strongest tidal current in the country: the strait between Trondheimsfjorden and Borgfjorden.
See route description and map of the Straumen round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
From Steinkjer to Mokk via Roktdalen valley
Demanding: 89 miles.
Whether you are super fit and can manage the whole route in one day, or you prefer to split the trip into two or three legs, this is a great bike trip with many enjoyable stretches.
See route description and map of the Steinkjer - Mokk - via Roktdalen valley round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
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Hiking to Norway's Geographical Midpoint
Medium: 6 miles one way.
The geographical midpoint of Norway has become a hiking destination in its own right and is found at the gateway to the Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park. Located between Vakkerlifjellet mountain and Skjækervatnet lake the point is marked with a stone cairn. Nearby you will find shelter and an information board. The hike starts at the car park at Lustadvatnet lake. From there you walk on a marked path of railway sleepers to the geographical centre of Norway.
See route description and map of the trip to Norway's geographical midpoint (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
River promenade in Steinkjer
Easy: 4 miles.
From the town square in the centre of Steinkjer, near the church, a well-maintained gravel road leads along the river towards Guldbergaunet. To make it a round trip back to the town centre, cross over Håkkådalsbrua bridge and walk back on the other side of the bridge to Holmen.
See route description and map of the river promenade in Steinkjer (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Byasetra via Byakleiva
Medium: 1,4 miles.
This trail passes through one of the world's northernmost elm forests, located in Steinkjer. The area was protected in 1981. The trail up Byakleiva is quite steep and almost 3,280 feet long. Byasetra is at the top and has great views of the surroundings.
See route description and map of the trip to Byasetra via Byakleiva (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Hiking to Marsteinsvola peak
Medium, 6 miles, 1,450 feet above sea level.
Marsteinsvola peak is located on the border between Verdal, Inderøy and Steinkjer, with stunning views of the fjord. On soft marsh terrain the three Innherred municipalities of Verdal, Inderøy and Steinkjer meet. From the top you can enjoy the view towards Trondheimsfjorden in the west and Leksdalsvatnet lake in the east.
See route description and map of the Marsteinsvola round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Oftenåsen hill round trip
Medium: 3 miles, 1,089 feet above sea level.
A medium challenging hike in partly steep terrain that offers panoramic views over Steinkjer town and the surrounding areas. There are information boards along the route and a table and benches on the top. A map can be bought at the tourist information.
See route description and map of the Oftenåsen round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Easy: 1 mile, 1,089 feet above sea level.
Raudåsen hill is a little gem next to the far greater Oftenåsen hill. With it's forest terrain and beautiful view it is well worth a visit.
See route description and map of the trip to Raudåsen (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Easy: 1.4 miles, 2,411 feet above sea level.
This trip is a nice walk in relatively easy terrain, with parking available by Skalstuggu next to Vulusjøen lake. From the E6 road in Levanger follow signs to Okkenhaug, or from Rinnleiret in Verdal follow signposts to Skogset. The path runs along a crest with a great view on both sides. From there you can see across Levanger, Verdal and towards Inderøy. Hårskallen peak is located nearby the Forra Nature Conservation Area.
See route description and map of the trip to Hårskallen (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Roaldsteinen stone fortress
Easy: 3,280 feet.
This walk is easy and provides a good view of Snåsavatnet lake. Although the trip is short, you get to walk in both forest and marshland to the old stone fortress named Roaldsteinen ("The Roald Rock").
See route description and map of the trip to Roaldsteinen (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Bergåsen Nature Reserve
Bergsåsen Nature Reserve is located just outside the centre of Snåsa. There are many cultural monuments in the area, but the reserve is best known for its large and diverse orchid flora. There is a nature trail with information boards about the flora, a view point and a pond well suited as a rest area. Follow the signs to the nature reserve from the Fv763 road.
Gamle Kongeveg ("The Old King's Road")
Medium: 4 miles.
The Old King's Road between Husby in Verdal and Vådal in Sparbu is the oldest thoroughfare in the area, and probably stems from the early Iron Age. It is a part of the old "allmannavegen" through Innherred and must be one of the roads the peasant army used to gather at Stiklestad in July 1030 AD.
See route description and map of Gamle Kongeveg (the Old King's Road) (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Medium: 6 miles.
Isbolen peak is located in Kvam and is a great hike with beautiful views a short distance from the E6 road. You can make it a round trip or just go up and down.
See route description and map of the Isbolen round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Mokk Farm caving and mining trip
Medium: Approximately 4,6 miles.
Mokk Farm is a traditional mountain farm located in scenic surroundings just below the bare mountains and the border of Blåfella-Skjækerfjella National Park. Here you can go on exciting excursions through limestone caves and ancient copper mines.
See route description and map of the Mokk Farm caving and mining round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Skjækerfjella mountains: Lustadvatnet lake - Långvassbua - Gaulstad
Medium: 11 miles.
A all-day excursion that can be combined with a detour to Norway's Midpoint. This trip can be undertaken as a two-day hike with an overnight stay at Lågvassbua rental cabin. When arriving at Gaulstad, transport back to your parked car at Lustadvatnet lake can be arranged with Mokk Farm.
See route description and map of the Skjækerfjella mountains round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Stornesøra round trip
Easy: 1 mile.
The Stornesøra area is an area in Inderøy municipality that is especially designated as an outdoor activity area. Here you will find a football field, beach volleyball court, beach, toilets and seating areas by the sea. It is possible to go kayaking, and the hiking trail runs along the shore.
See route description and map of the Stornesøra round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Ørdalen Nature Reserve
Medium: 3 miles.
Ørdalen Nature Reserve is located at Utøy in the west of Inderøy. The reserve has a rich and varied flora and a rich cultural history. Multiple sites show historical traces of an old agricultural community.
See route description and map of the Ørdalen Nature Reserve round trip (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
From Gulburet to Øyna
Medium: 6.3 miles.
If you appreciate cultural landscapes, beautiful scenery, old wooden houses, historic environment, art and local food prepared with love, this is the trip for you. Start at Gulburet Farm shop on The Golden Route.
See route description and map of the trip from Gulburet to Øyna (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Utøya island culture trail
Easy: 6 miles.
This trail is probably the first "country road" on Utøya island as it runs along the lake where the first settlement once was. Along the trail there are several cultural, historical and botanical attractions which are described on the information boards along the trail.
See route description and map of the Utøya culture trail (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Easy: 2 miles.
The path to Stokkvola peak is a gravel road through a scenic landscape. The trail starts at Møssingdalen Ski Centre in Åsen and winds through mountain terrain to the top of Stokkvola.
See route description and map of the trip to Stokkvola (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
Demanding: 6.3 miles, 3,395 feet above sea level.
At the border of Verdal and Meråker looms Hermannssnasa peak, a popular destination in Innherred in both summer and winter. On clear days you can see all the way to the Sylane mountains in the south, the Skjækerfjella mountains in the north, and the many peaks in the Swedish Skäckerfjäll mountains in the east.
See route description and map of the trip to Hermannssnasa (In Norwegian, Google translation available).
The Pilgrim's Route from Munkeby to Stiklestad
Also known as St. Olavsleden, this route follows the Rv72 and is the pilgims' route between Jämtland og Trøndelag. The route follows ancient paths where pilgrims walked towards the final destination of Nidaros.
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Around the Trondheimsfjord
Approximately 93 miles.
Steinkjer and Stiklestad are two good starting points for this tour. In Steinkjer you may want to visit Egge Museum, and in Stiklestad the Stiklestad National Culture Centre is recommended.
Continue your drive along the E6 road to Asp and then on to Fv17, also known as Kystriksveien ("The Coastal Highway"). Drive to Hjellbotn and then exit on to Fv720 towards Malm and Follafoss. You will first arrive in Malm and then drive through the villages of Follafoss, Verrastranda and Verrabotn in Mosvik. Drive around Trongsundet to Skarnsundet where one of the world’s longest cable-suspension bridges will lead you back to Inderøy municipality.
Approximately 42 miles.
Why not plan an excursion around Innherred's churches from the Middle Ages? The relatively large concentration of medieval churches bears testimony to the great prosperity that existed in Innherred in the 1100s. Let yourself be seduced by the powerful church buildings in beautiful cultural landscape.
Start out at Alstadhaug Church in Skogn, a church built in 1180 AD, near one of the county's largest burial mounds.
Stiklestad Church in Verdal further north is a Roman church that also dates back to 1180 AD. It is built on the site where Saint Olav was killed during the battle of Stiklestad in 1030 AD.
Back on the E6 road the trip continues northward to Mære Church which was built in 1199 AD.
Towards Inderøy on Fv761 you will first arriwe at Hustad Church at Sandvollan, the smallest of the medieval churches. The church is encircled by a notched log fence, the only of its kind remaining in Trøndelag.
Finally, at Straumen in Inderøy, you will find Sakshaug Old Church. It is likely that the stone masons who built the Nidarosdomen cathedral in Trondheim participated in erecting this church at the end of the 1100s. Look for the characteristic demon masks in the church décor.
A map and directions are available at the Visit Innherred's website.
The Golden Route
The stretch of road called "The Golden Route" goes through the landscape along Fv761 and its side roads in Inderøy municipality in North-Trøndelag. It takes 12 minutes to drive the E6 road between Røra and Vist, and "Den Gyldne Omvei" ("The Golden Detour") takes only 8 minutes more. The detour offers a wealth of experiences. Farm foods and local traditional produce, crafts and handicrafts, traditions and farm visits are among the offers on The Golden Route.
Burial Mounds and Rock Carvings
Steinkjer, Inderøy, Verdal, Levanger and Snåsa has a lot of history to offer: the battle of Stiklestad, old churches, rock carvings and burial mounds packed with history.
The rock carvings at Bardal and Bøla in Steinkjer, and Holtås in Levanger are all worth a visit.
Burial sites and mounds are another type of relics found in several places in the region. At the Skei Field in Sparbu south of Steinkjer, the Helge Field at Byafossen east of Steinkjer, and Hegstadmarka and Hallemsmarka in Verdal, you will find several large burial mounds. Go on a historical tour in beautiful scenery, either by bike or car.
For more information about rock carvings and burial mounds, visit the Visit Innherred website.
Ytterøy island, the jewel of the Trondheimsfjord
Take the car ferry from Levanger to the island of Ytterøy, the jewel of the Trondheimsfjord. The island has a network of roads which is well suited for round trip excursions, either by car or bike.
Ytterøy island has one of Norway's densest populations of roe deer and is a place of historical significance. Mining operations over the past three centuries have been of much importance to the island, and still are to this day.