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When hiking in the national parks in Trøndelag, its nothing like a refill with fresh mountain water. When hiking in the national parks in Trøndelag, it's nothing like a refill with fresh mountain water.
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Hiking in Trøndelag’s nature

The locals of Trøndelag love to hike and they love to hike in Trøndelag. But if there is one group that loves hiking in Trøndelag even more, it would be overseas visitors.
Hiking or rambling, walking or trekking – it is known by many names. The beauty of it, in Norway at least, is that you can do it almost anywhere. Many walk regular routes in the city, primarily for exercise, while others, who live out of the city, walk along rural roads or forest paths, maybe even the forest they own.
Hiking in Sylan
Sylan
Mattias Jansson
Hanshelleren Cave, Flatanger
Hanshelleren
Petr Pavlicek
Blåfjella/Skjækerfjella National Park
Blåfjella/Skjækerfjella
Petr Pavlicek
St. Olav ways, the pilgrim trail to Trondheim
St. Olav ways, the pilgrim trail to Trondheim
Håvard Johansen

Hiking the triangle

One of the most popular hiking routes in Norway is called the Trollheimen Triangle, and connects three of the cabins owned by the hiking association Trondhjems Turistforening. The cabins are located south of Oppdal and the hike takes you into the mountain region Trollheimen, which is located on the border between the counties of Sør-Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal.

It is normal to start at the cabin called Gjevilvasshytta then use one day to hike to the next cabin, Trollheimshytta. The following day you continue to the third cabin, Jøldalshytta, before using the final day to return to the lake Gjevilvatnet. You don’t need to be an Iron Man to do this hike, and fit children as young as 10 or 12 will manage fine. However, you need to be aware that the weather can change quickly and that once you have started there are no shortcuts out. You need to be in reasonable form before you set off otherwise you probably won’t enjoy it and will quickly end up as walking negative publicity of this route.

You can make a series of choices during the hike that affect both the length of the route and consequently the experiences along the way. It’s possible to buy meals at the various cabins and to sleep in comfortable beds. It is wise to keep in mind right from day one that the hike lasts several days and involves many challenges. The popular Norwegian reality TV show 71 grader nord has repeatedly included Trollheimen, which has enabled viewers to appreciate what a spectacular massif this is.

Trollheimen nature

The Triangle in Trollheimen is one of the most popular hiking routes in Norway.
Hiking in Sylan

Sylan is a mountain range on the border between Norway and Sweden, with the highest point Storsylen, 1,762 meters above sea level.

Reaching new heights in Tydal

Another area that has long been known to provide excitement – and the occasional blister – to hiking enthusiasts is Sylan in Tydal, which is situated on the border between Norway and Sweden. Many hike to the summit of Syltoppen in the period from June to the end of September.

There are various options to choose between. Some people bring a tent, allow plenty of time and stay overnight on the last flat section before the summit, enjoying a long evening gazing up towards the mighty peak. Others use eight hours up and down (this is often when the blisters come into their own) and digest the experience once they are safely down again.

Swedes think the hike is better from the Swedish side, but the truth is that the Norwegian side is nicest.

The trend of urban hiking

Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city, but a 20-minute tram ride takes you from the city centre up to the large outdoor recreation area of Bymarka, which has a network of trails and paths in all directions.

Most of the focus about Trondheim is on shopping, food and culture. That’s fair enough because Trondheim is a fantastic city for shopping, food and cultural experiences. However, in this article we are hereby finished with focusing on those things and will instead focus on what you can do away from the city. Not far, but far enough that you may forget that Trondheim is just a short tram, bus or bike ride away.

 

As mentioned, the huge Bymarka is right on the outskirts of the city. This outdoor recreation area covers 80 km² and is the perfect place to do “mountains things” like hiking and fishing, as well as grilling, swimming, cycling and much more. The nicest way to get there is on the world’s northernmost tramway, Gråkallbanen. The trip up Byåsen in 1970s-inspired carriages offers wonderful views of the city and is actually something you should try. The big bonus is that Bymarka awaits at the end of the line. Many different paths lead into Bymarka, but virtually whichever you choose will lead to clearly signposted routes criss-crossing the reserve. While spectacular peaks are conspicuous by their absence, several places still offer pretty spectacular views of the city. If you check the information boards along the way, you will find several cabins serving refreshments.

Pilgrims don’t rush, they wander

It would be bordering on misconduct to tell you about walking and hiking in Trøndelag without mentioning the pilgrimages that have taken place here for nearly 1000 years. The Pilgrim Path leading to the huge Nidarosdomen Cathedral, which you may have “memories” or a crick in your neck after visiting on an earlier occasion, has the same European Cultural Route status as those leading to Rome and Santiago de Compostela.

Ever since the late King Olav II got his sainthood in 1031, pilgrims from all over Europe have come to Trondheim and the cathedral to seek peace with the saint. The most popular section of the Pilgrim Path in Trøndelag leads from Kongsvold Fjeldstue south of Oppdal into Trondheim and leads through places like Berkåk and Gaulosen. If you complete this section, you qualify for the Olav Letter as proof that you have walked the last 100 km to Nidarosdomen.

St. Olav ways, the pilgrim trail to Trondheim

The most popular section of the Pilgrim Path in Trøndelag leads from Kongsvold Fjeldstue south of Oppdal into Trondheim and leads through places like Berkåk and Gaulosen.

Other trails

We are too modest to claim that it’s a Norwegian record, but nevertheless we are proud of the fact that we have nine protected areas (seven national parks and two nature reserves) in our region.

Between them, these contain vast areas of untouched nature waiting to be explored. While some have many relics of culture along the paths, others have many good fishing lakes and excellent hiking terrain.

National park areas in Trøndelag

In Trøndelag you find a total of nine national park areas. Each of them invite you to fantastic nature experiences, such as hiking, canoeing, fishing and skiing.

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