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A hike along the pilgrims path in Oppdal offers a variation in rich nature- and cultural experiences.
The pilgrim trail - St. Olavs Way which takes you all the way to Trondheim, is a network of authentic, historic trails through beautiful nature, cultural landscapes, and historic places. In Oppdal you can experience this 70-kilometer long trail that runs directly through the mountain village.
A hike along the pilgrims path in Oppdal offers a variation in rich nature- and cultural experiences. It stretches for over 70 kilometers from Dovrefjell in the south to the municipality in the North, by Rennebu.
Through the Middle Ages, the Nidaros Cathedral was the northernmost destination for a pilgrimage. Most of the pilgrims were religiously motivated, even though many might have been inspired by the adventure of the pilgrimage. The reasons for hiking a pilgrim trail today are many. Scenic landscapes, and enjoyable trails among others. A deep dive into history or meeting others may also be a motivational factor.
A pilgrimage is also an inner journey. It changes a person, no matter faith or religious background one might have.
Since the work of restoring the pilgrim trail began in 1997, more than 5000 kilometers lead through Denmark, Sweden and Norway have been marked with the Pilgrim logo. The logo along the path is easy to recognize. It combines the Norwegian landmark symbol, a valknut with a shape of Olavs cross. There are many highlights along the pilgrim path in Oppdal. Kongsvold Fjeldstue, the old kings' road - Vårstigen, the hostel Ryphusan and St. Mikaels Chapel.
The burial site at Vang and Raulåna by Oppdal Church is also worth a visit. For more information.