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Pilgrim City
Pilgrim City, Photo: Tove Eivindsen

Pilgrim City

The pilgrim’s path, St. Olav Ways to Trondheim, is a network of historic paths through beautiful scenery, ancient cultural landscapes and historical sites.

About the pilgrimage town of Trondheim

The paths lead to the burial church of St. Olav, Nidaros Cathedral, which was the northernmost pilgrimage point for Christianity throughout the Middle Ages.

After the Reformation, the pilgrim tradition was not kept alive in the north, but the tradition of pilgrimage was maintained in the Catholic countries further south in Europe. Today the pilgrim tradition is on the rise again in Scandinavia.

Unlike earlier times, today’s society is culturally and religiously diverse, and today's pilgrims define their own reasons and motivations for their pilgrimage.

The pilgrimage goal is nevertheless the same for the many who follow the pilgrim ways right to the beautiful high altar in Europe's northernmost Gothic cathedral, Nidaros Cathedral, in the heart of Trondheim.

Since the work began in 1994 to mark the St. Olav Ways, more than 500 miles through Denmark, Sweden and Norway have been marked with the pilgrim logo, and the network is constantly being expanded.

At the end of the pilgrimage in Trondheim, along with visiting Nidaros Cathedral, the pilgrim can get a diploma and a St. Olav's letter as confirmation of his or her pilgrimage. This is handed out at the Nidaros Pilgrimage Centre, which is the reception centre, accommodation and information centre for pilgrims. Medieval history can also be experienced when visiting the medieval church "Vår Frue” Church and the many church ruins that have been uncovered through recent archaeological excavations.

During visits to the exhibitions in the Archbishop's Palace, you can get a closer look at the cathedral building, and at the medieval exhibition at NTNU University Museum you can learn more about the people who lived in Trondheim during the Middle Ages. The museum also contains "Norway’s baptism certificate", the Kuli stone, which is dated to the early 1000s.