Pilgrim journey to Trondheim
This is not just a hiking tour, it is a pilgrim journey, an outer and inner journey. The divine office is one important part of the journey; the conversations and time in silence - another.
One of Europe’s pilgrim destinations is Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, where the remains of Saint Olaf are buried. The journey to get there was a struggling beyond imagination hundred of years ago. Far up north the pilgrims have 1000 km of walking or even more to get there, but of course it all depends from where you start. Our walk starts in Ljungdalen, a small village in Sweden on the border to the mountains. Here is the end of the road and from here you have to walk.. A sign Trondheim 198 km indicates that here begins the path over the mountains. We need to carry all our food and sleep in tents as we now leave the civilization for ten days. We will reach Trondheim the day before the yearly celebration of Saint Olov to be able to take part in it.
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Lodging: Hostel and tent
Get here: Plane to Östersund, then bus to Ljungdalen.
Home: From Trondheim airport or train to Östersund and then plane. Detailed information will be provided.
Pick up: Pick up in Ljungdalen
Transport: Cloth and equipment not needed during the hiking will be sent to Trondheim.
Personal equipment: Suitable footwear and clothing, durable outdoor- and rain clothes, backpack, sleeping bag and pad.
Equipment included: Outdoor kitchen, tent
Equipment available for rent:
Backpack 13 EUR
Sleeping bag 19 EUR
Price: 595 EUR
Included in the price:
Day I Dinner, accommodation in hostel
Day II - X Breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation in tent, guide
Day XI Breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation at hostel, guide
Day XII Breakfast, part in Saint Olaf celibration
Not included: The journey to Ljungdalen and from Trondheim.
Choices of extras:
1.) Arrive earlier, depart later
For guests who want to experience more of Sweden or Norway there is of course the possibility to arrive earlier or depart later than in the programme. We can arrange accommodation in Ljungdalen or Trondheim for some additional nights.
Price of extras: Guests undertake all extra costs themselves
Programme Pilgrim journey to Trondheim
Day I Travelling to Ljungdalen (not included), gathering and dinner
Day II First day of our pilgrim journey
Day III – X
The pilgrim journey
Day XI Last day of our pilgrim journey, we reach Trondheim and the Nidaros Chathedral in the evening
Day XII We calibrate Saint Olaf.
Individual journey back home in the evening.
Ljungdalen is a remote village far from everything. First airplane from Arlanda to Östersund and then bus 180 km to get to Ljungdalen. We gather there in the afternoon day 1. In the evening, information, taking care of all equipment, dinner and time to learn to know each other. We end this first day with a masse in the local church.
The first day on our jurney, starting with a great breakfast and lauds office before we leave. We start slow, several stops to adjust the backpack, lock on the great scenery, taking care of our feet's to prevent blasters. Lunch break at the river side where we have water to drink, midday office and then we continue. In the evening we find a nice place close to a small lake, puting up our tents, preparing the dinner on our Triangia and then take time to relax before the vesper.
Day III - X
We continue our pilgrim journey, same routine every day. Lauds, breakfast, ~10km walking, lunch, midday office, another 10 km of walking, dinner, vesper. In between there is time for conversation, time in silence, several short breaks.
The daily routines help us letting this become both an outer and inner journey.
The last day of our journey. It feels good that we have made it, but also a little said that it is over. In the afternoon we reach Trondheim and soon we are at our hostel. The cloth and equipment you have sent from Ljungdalen are waiting for you. It feels luxury with a nice shower and clean cloth. Today we eat dinner on a restaurant and taking part in the evening masse in the Nidarosdom afterwards.
Today is it the Saint Olaf day, we take part in the celebration, attending masses and other activities, eating a nice lunch together.
In the afternoon we gather for the last time to say goodbye to each other. Some then leave and other might stay for another day in Trondheim.