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A diverse rural area rich in traditions

Selbu, just an hour’s drive from Stjørdal, offers fascinating history, wonderful nature-based experiences and good options for accommodation.

With Trondheim Airport Værnes just a 50-minute drive away and good road connections from Røros and Tydal as well, Selbu a popular destination all year round. The main attractions here are cross-country skiing and ice fishing in the winter and hiking, biking and fishing in summer.

Active in the great outdoors

It’s hard to talk about Selbu without mentioning fishing. The Nea is renowned as one of Europe’s best trout fishing rivers. There are also more than 300 lakes in the municipality. Sør-Trøndelag’s largest lake, Selbusjøen, is full of inviting headlands and inlets and has many good and easily accessible fishing spots.

The Skarvan and Roltdalen National Park is popular for hiking and fishing. It also has a rich cultural heritage and the many millstone quarries and summer mountain farms in particular are exciting to explore.

The Rombo Path, Norway’s oldest pilgrim path, runs all the way from Trondheim to Vadstena in Sweden. On the Norwegian side, the path leads via Tydal and Selbu, through countryside ranging from open mountain landscape and lush forests to fertile cultural landscape.

Selbu offers wonderful opportunities for cross-country skiing in winter. In addition to the state-of-the-art Selbuskogen Skisenter, you can choose between more than 200 kilometres of prepared ski trails throughout the municipality.

In summer, cruises are offered on the lake, Selbusjøen, in the idyllic passenger boat MS Jøvra. 

History – from radio to America

Selbu has a rich history, which it is keen to share. You can visit the Norwegian Radio Museum and learn about the history of the radio from 1890 and up to the present day. The Selbu Folk Museum focuses on the important role knitting has played in Selbu’s cultural history, with particular emphasis on Selbu mittens and the Selbu rose pattern. The farm museum at Granby Gård concentrates on emigration from Selbu to America during the gold rushes of the 19th century. Among the many to leave Selbu was Belle Gunnes, one of the most notorious female mass murderers of all time. Her story is also portrayed at Granby.

Accommodation in Selbu

If you plan to stay overnight in Selbu, there are several types of accommodation to choose between. The options range from the Selbusjøen Hotel & Gjestegård and several guesthouses through to no

fewer than three camping grounds. Many of the places to stay are situated near the beautiful lake, Selbusjøen.

If you are fond of traditional dancing and folk music, make sure you visit Selbu in late July/early August. That is when the annual Selbu Festival takes place. It attracts world-class musicians and dancing enthusiasts for a big party.