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The city of Steinkjer is located near the mouth of the Steinkjer River and is a typical reconstruction city that was rebuilt following the Second World War.
The heart of the city is characterised by functionalist architecture from the 1950s and 1960s and Steinkjer Church (1965) is a landmark amid the cityscape.
Steinkjer is often called the “capital of the farm villages”, and when you approach Steinkjer from the south, you will observe the characteristic agricultural landscape that Innherred is known for. The municipality is vast and it is all of 40 km from downtown to the outermost limit of the municipality.
Just north of downtown lies Egge, which was once a centre of power in Norway. Kalv Arnasson from the chiefdom farm at Egge was leader of the farmer’s army that went up against Olav Haraldsson in the battle at Stiklestad in 1030.
A Viking Festival is held every other year at Egge. A family event that attracts several thousand visitors. Two musical festivals are also held annually in Steinkjer. The folk music festival known as Hilmarfestivalen (November) and the rock festival, Steinkjer Festival (June).
As a centre of commerce, Steinkjer attracts shoppers from a large surrounding area. Here visitors will find both a vibrant downtown area and a larger and centrally located shopping centre with over 100 shops.
The tourist office / Kystriksveien Info-Centre is centrally located along E6, near the bus and railway station and the shopping centre. Here you can get advice and tips for your trip along both the Kystriksveien coastal route and various experiences and activities in Innherred.
A half-hour drive outside of Steinkjer city centre, along the east side of Snåsavatnet Lake, lies the approx. 3,000 to 4,000 year-old Bøla Reindeer. This is a rock engraving (petroglyph) of a reindeer in full scale. In the same, finds have also been made of many other engravings. The rock engravings date from the period when the Trondheim Fjord extended all the way in to this area. You should have your own car for visiting the Bøla Reindeer (auto rentals are available at the tourist office in Steinkjer).
The Bardal Site at the Bardal Farm, west of Steinkjer (along the Trondheim Fjord) is Central Norway’s largest rock engraving site with approx. 400 figures distributed among 300 sq. metres. The oldest rock engravings are so-called “veider” engravings of various animals and date from about 4000 f.Kr. More recent engravings were done over the older ones, which makes some of the figures difficult to decipher. The Bardal Site is located 11 km west of Steinkjer. We recommend renting a bicycle at the tourist office.
There are a number of other exciting tombstones and rock engravings in Steinkjer.
Download this brochure if you would like to read more about them.
Oftenåsen Hill is the site of the world’s largest lawn chair! Oftenåsen Hill (336 masl) is a city-close hiking area in Steinkjer with well-groomed trails. The view from the top is nice of both the city as well as the Trondheim Fjord. The walk up from the parking area (at the foot of Oftenåsen Hill) can be done in about 30-50 minutes, depending on which trail you take. If you choose to walk up from the city centre, you must add an additional 30 minutes.
Oftenåsen Hill has over recent years become a very popular hiking area with many visitors. It is not allowed to bike on the trails. At the top of Oftenåsen, you find the Peilehytta Cabin, which serves food and drinks every Sunday during the summer season. This is also where you find the world’s largest lawn chair. The view of the city is fantastic.
A popular hike in both summer and winter is to Norway’s Midpoint in Ogndal, east of Steinkjer city centre. The Norwegian Mapping Authority has utilised a recognised international method for calculating Norway’s Geographic midpoint (area centroid). The site is located in Skjækra Conservation Area, a one-hour walk from the parking area at Lustadvatnet Lake (about 40 km from Steinkjer city centre). The route goes along a partly gravel path and along a 10 km long railway sleeper. Feel free to wear normal sneakers on this trip. A monolith has been erected at the actual midpoint. More information on Norway’s Midpoint.
On nice summer days, you cannot help but notice the teeming activity on the city beach right in the city centre. The beach is situated just near the mouth of the Steinkjerelva River along E6. There is ample parking nearby.
Right in the middle of Steinkjer, just near the tourist office, you will find an impressive 1.3 km long maze, which consists of a whopping 3,300 Amelanchier. A walk through the maze might result in your visit to Steinkjer becoming a bit longer than you expected…
Steinkjer is located just 100 km north of Trondheim Airport Værnes. The airport has direct flights to other Norwegian cities along with non-stop routes from a number of European cities such as Amsterdam, Stockholm and Copenhagen. The Nordlandsbanen Railway from Trondheim to Bodø passes through Steinkjer. There is also daily service between Steinkjer and Trondheim via the Trøndelag Commuter Rail.
You can travel from Trondheim via Steinkjer and onward to Namsos with the Ekspressbussen (express bus). There are also frequent bus departures between Namsos and Steinkjer.