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Pilgrimage to St. Olav`s church - a part of the Coastal Pilgrimage Route, Avaldsnes

Avaldsnes is the regional center for the Coastal Pilgrimage Route «Kystpilegrimsleia» that extends from Egersund to Trondheim. A spectacular and beautiful journey along the coast with fjords, islands, islets, and skerries - a saga from Viking to pilgrim.

Avaldsnes is a regional pilgrimage center, and an important stop along the Kystpilegrimsleia. During the summer, you can get advice and guidance on pilgrimage activities right outside the church, in a 400-year-old storehouse.

Saint Olav`s Church at Avaldsnes

Today, the medieval church stands as the most distinct cultural monument at Avaldsnes. It was built by King Håkon Håkonsson around 1250 as part of the royal estate. The church was dedicated to Saint Olav and Avaldsnes became an important stop for pilgrims.

Pilgrim Passport at Nordvegen History Centre

At Nordvegen History Centre, you can get information and a stamp in your pilgrim passport. Here you can participate in a theatrical stroll with the pilgrim Siv Eiriksdotter anno 1308. From Saint Olav`s Church to Bukkøy, you can follow seven pilgrim posts in beautiful hiking surroundings.

Pilgrim Hostels near Avaldsnes

There are two accommodations approved by the Kystpilegrimsleia in Haugalandet, they are Magasingården at Visnes (15 minutes from Avaldsnes by car), and Fredtun just outside Skudeneshavn (about 40 minutes by car).

Tour suggestions from the Kystpilegrimsleia

Kystpilegrimsleia provides information about a rich selection of tours. Here you will find tips for group tours, day trips, and longer journeys, both along the Kystpilegrimsleia and the other eight St. Olav’s paths in Norway.

Other key locations along the Kystpilegrimsleia


Obrestad lighthouse and Hå old vicarage

Stavanger Cathedral

Utstein Monastery and Utstein Pilgrim Farm


Selja Monastery

Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral

For the complete list see the pilgrimage route.

Source: Destinasjon Haugesund & Haugalandet


Pilgrimage to St. Olav`s church - a part of the Coastal Pilgrimage Route, Avaldsnes

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