The Route of Saint Olav Ways

The pilgrim ways through Scandinavia are a network of routes through Denmark, Sweden and Norway, many of them the remnants of historic routes leading to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim where Saint Olav lies buried. Since the 1990s, the ways have been improved and signposted, in order to set out on a variety of walk through the spectacular landscape of Scandinavia. The city of Trondheim – or Nidaros – in Norway was a popular destination for pilgrims not long after Norway’s King Olav Haraldsson (995-1030) fell in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. From the 11th century, the Saint Olav cult spread throughout the Nordic countries, and to the British Isles and Hanseatic towns along the Baltic Sea.