The best way to really get to know Norway, to feel as one with nature and breathe in the freshest of air, is either on foot or by bike and nowhere is this more true than in Trøndelag.
Hiking or cycling in Trøndelag is a treat for the senses – you can smell the blossom on the trees, see the beautiful landscape, feel more alive than you ever have before and taste the freshest of mountain air.
Perhaps the most famous walking trail in Trøndelag is The Pilgrims Route. It is said that when the grave of Olav II Haraldsson was opened a year after his death at the battle of Stiklestad, his hair and nails were still growing. Olav was therefore canonized and has been known as Olav the Holy ever since.
Pilgrims have been travelling to his grave at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim in search of help and solace. Pilgrimages start in Oslo in the south and from Sundsvall via Stiklestad in the east.
In 2010 the Pilgrims' Route to Trondheim and the Nidaros Cathedral were granted status as a European Cultural Trail, just like the routes to Santiago de Compostela.
An alternative to the traditional Norwegian fjord and mountain routes, the Pilgrims' Route goes through urban areas, along roads, through magnificent cultural landscapes, tranquil forests and deserted mountain areas.
If you prefer two wheels to two feet, the open mountain landscape with its many lakes, valleys and forests make the region well suited to cycling trips for young and old alike.
The Røros region is a particular favourite for keen cyclists – this old mining town and its environs depict countryside, history, culture and tradition at its finest.
One further thing you will need after a good hike or cycle ride is fantastic cuisine – and Trøndelag has this in abundance. A good meal made from fresh local produce tastes so much better after a day spent in the fresh air.
There has been an explosion of small-scale food producers in the region who specialise in conjuring up delicacies provided from both the sea and land. There are also several local breweries, each of whom lovingly produce specialist crafted beers.
It is sheer perfection when a region can offer a landscape so natural that it will literally take your breath away together with what can only be described as foodie heaven.
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