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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 has decided to prioritize the work along these routes: Åbo (Finland) – The Åbo Archipelago …

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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/  

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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 significant pilgrim goal during the middle-ages. On June 7th, a 1200 kilometer pilgrim route from …

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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 State and the Church, the strategy for pilgrimage development is now entirely owned by the …

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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 … What is a pilgrim? The word pilgrim has its origin in the Latin word peregrinus, …

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“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 tagged along for a bit so we could hear more about her walk from Selånger …

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”To learn about the history as you’re walking across the country makes the walk more special” – meet Michelle and Mark Ryan on their walk along S:t Olavsleden Michelle Ryan from Australia spends her days walking her way around the world, documenting it on her website walkingtwobytwo.com. Once a year her husband tags along for a longer walk in Europe and this year the turn had come to S:t Olavsleden, …

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More and more people from Australia are traveling all the way to Scandinavia to experience the St. Olav Trail. We met up with two of them, Louise and Mel, just before they crossed the border into Norway. ‘We are from Tamborine Mountain, just one hour from Brisbane, in what is the oldest rainforest in the world’, begins Louise. ‘When we decided to come to Europe, we were looking into trails …

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Leanne is a twenty-eight year old photographer from Kent in the South-East of England who walked St. Olavsleden in 2016. This is her own story about her trip along St. Olavsleden trail. In August 2016 I walked St. Olavsleden from Selånger to Trondheim together with my good friend Angeliqa, after she asked me if I would be interested in doing the hike with her. I had never heard of the …

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Tommy and Sigrid live seven kilometers after the start of St. Olavsleden, in Gisselåsen. The couple has become a legend for hikers and cyclists passing through, because at Gisselåsen pilgrims receive a warm welcome and are invited in for Swedish ‘fika’ – coffee/tea and something sweet. But Tommy and Sigrid do much more: they help pilgrims who don’t have a pilgrim pass, give tips about the route and count how …

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– Meet Runa & Ger on their way from Selånger to Trondheim Torfhildur Runa Gunnarsdottir from Iceland and Ger Lenssen from the Netherlands have both walked several pilgrim trails around Europe throughout the years. In 2017 they ran into each other walking from Oslo to Trondheim.  They didn’t want to walk alone, so they kept each other company. It was soon decided that they would meet up for a second …

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