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DEVELOPMENT AWARD St. Olav Waterway – A Nordic pilgrimage, Finland

Jury Motivation: The “St. Olav Waterway” connects three countries by a historic pilgrimage route. The jury acknowledges this interesting idea and praises above all the sustainable travel experience. The past development has particularly convinced the jury and they are curious what the next years will bring. www.visitpargas.fi Among sparkling cold spring waters or fiery autumnal […]

2019 ACTIVITY REPORT – The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) Secretariat is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Activity Report of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme, prepared in cooperation with the European Institute of Cultural Routes. The full 98-page report is available online for download. The success of the Cultural Routes of the Council of […]

Focus forward

Scandinavia has a large amount of pilgrim routes. Some suited for spiritual walks, others for hiking. Some routes are best travelled by boat, others are suited for bike. The European Cultural Route is all about culture and the common European heritage. Until the next evaluation of The Route of St. Olav Ways, the Governing Board […]

Culture and Art Funding

Nordic Culture Point administers four grant programmes, which are divided into six different funding options. The programmes provide the opportunity to create culture, conduct projects and create meetings between artists and cultural workers in the Nordic region and Baltic states. https://www.nordiskkulturkontakt.org/en/grants/about-the-grant-programmes/  

Celebrations in Grisslehamn

King Olav Haraldsson II was killed in the battle of Stikelstad north of Trondheim, Norway in 1030. The battle occured as the king returned to Norway from exile in Russia. After his death, tales of miracles spread and within a year, Olav was canonised. St. Olavs shrine in Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway, soon became a […]

Norwegian Study Visit Report

Following discussions in cabinet session, the Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry agreed on a joint strategy for the pilgrimage development in Norway. Due to changes in governmental structures and the division between the […]

1000 kilometres of pilgrim paths in Västra Götaland

Pilgrimages are a global phenomenon and are common among all the great religions. In recent years, interest in walking pilgrim paths has increased in Sweden, too. What is behind this newly awakened interest? Are we perhaps tired of filling our worlds with screen time, melody festivals and cooking programmes? Let’s start at the beginning … […]

I really like walking all day long…

“I really like walking all day long.” We met Maria from Stockholm when she was on her way to Trondheim. Maria Fornstedt from Stockholm has walked countless kilometres over the years and is now hiking S:t Olavsleden at a pace of about 35-40 kilometres each day. We met her as she was passing Brunflo and […]