Oslo to Eidsvoll
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Click on each leg of the journey for more information and interesting sites along the way.
Sons of Norway is excited to announce a new member benefit, a Virtual Pilgrimage on Norway's historic Kongsveien or Old Kings Way! The program is an addition to the Sons of Norway's Sports Medal Program, which rewards members for living an active lifestyle.
The Sons of Norway Virtual Pilgrimage is a window into the experience of the pilgrims in Norway, who walk a network of routes called St. Olav's Ways. This network is named after King Olav Harraldson (995-1030) who trekked these trails converting pagan Norway to Christianity. The Gudbrandsdalen route, upon which the Sons of Norway Virtual Pilgrimage is based, is the most popular section for pilgrims on the King's Way. The nearly 400 mile journey starts in Oslo and ends at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, the burial ground of St. Olav. Members will keep track of their mileage and track their journey at home while following along with the journey in Norway.
On this page members will learn about historic landmarks and tourist destinations along the route in Norway. Simply by getting out to walk at home and following the journey online, members have a chance to transform into a pilgrim on a virtual journey in Norway. After 387 miles of walking, the journey finishes at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.
Oslo to Trondheim (623 km or 387 miles)
One of the most popular routes on St. Olav's Ways is the Gudbrandsdalen route from Oslo to Trondheim. Pilgrims hike over grass, stone, cement, dirt and water following St. Olav's footsteps from the Medieval Park in Oslo, through Eidsvoll, Hamar, Lillehammer and Oppdal. They pass through many other towns and cities, and encounter various landscapes like farm fields and mountains. The goal is to reach historic Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim where St. Olav was killed in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030. With six National Pilgrim Centers along the route, pilgrims can receive help and support along their journey. The walk explores modern day sites and significant historic landmarks from start to finish.
Click here to learn more.
How to get started
- Print out a Pilgrimage record card found on the Sons of Norway website or ask your lodge sports director for more information.
- Walk around your neighborhood, park, shopping mall or gym.
- Track your mileage on your record card.
- Learn about historical locations along the Pilgrimage route in Norway by clicking on the Legs to the right.
- Track your route on a map of Norway and after 387 miles of walking the virtual journey will end at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.
- The deadline for submission of materials has passed and we are no longer awarding pins or certificates for the completion of the Virtual Pilgrimage. You are welcome to undertake the pilgrimage and use the activity toward earning other Sports Medal Pins.
Get your record card:
Click here to download a copy of the Record Card.
For additional information:
For further reading:
Pilegrimsleden.no: is a wonderful website that helps virtual pilgrims track their journey.
Allemannsrett (Every Man's Right): Norway’s access to free roaming is a huge benefit of living and visiting this beautiful country.
Kirkesøk Kirkebygddatabasen: Middle Ages: Church search in Norway includes geographic, historical and architectural information about the many churches in Norway.
Pilgrim Road to Nidaros, St. Olav’s Way: Oslo to Trondheim a Cicerone Guide by Alison Raju: The Pilgrims’ Route to Trondheim VisitNorway.