Following inspiration from the Cinque Terre walks on the Liguria coast in Italy, Silje Sjøtveit in the church in Tinn thought that why not walk from village to village around Tinnsjøen ?! And when each village additionally has a beautiful white wooden church, what is more natural than walking from church to church? Austbygde church, Atrå church, Mæl church, Gransherad church and Hovin church are like pearls on a leash around Tinnsjøen.
People have walked to their church for over a thousand years, and here in Tinn we have several old church roads that cross the hills. Parts of these roads are still intact, but many are unfortunately germinated. It has been a bit of work to find old roads and new paths that allow us to get around Tinnsjøen on foot. But with the help of new tractor roads, gravel roads and old trails we have got around completely.
The overview of all the tours and detailed descriptions can be found HERE
A great guide book has also been created that includes descriptions with maps, suggestions for daily itineraries, practical advice and tips for the hike, information about the churches, hymns, poems and more. This book can be purchased at rjukanbooking.no or at selected stores in Tinn municipality.
More information at https://www.kvitekyrkjer.no/ which is also translated into German and English