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Agrizzlybear

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Hey all, new user here looking to ask a question on the St Olav's trail. The official Norwegian site Pilgrimsleden.no mentions several paths to take. Gudbrandsdalen being by far the most popular. But it also mentions one called Østerdalen, which it describes as "pristine wilderness". That immediately caught the attention of my friend who is hiking with me. We realize it might be about 20 days of tent camping, but we're wondering if anyone's actually done this trail before. I can't find a single resource online besides that site. I speak some Norwegian, but I still couldn't find anything. Has anyone here ever tried it?

I'd really like to give it a try, but I want to make sure there's places to stock up on food and water. Of course I'd also like to know if pristine wilderness just means grey tundra the whole way. Should I just stick with Gudbrandsdal?
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
No tundra. It is a long wooden valley, with long distances between small places. Pristine... :D

Would recommend Gudbrandsdalen.
 

Agrizzlybear

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Camino Frances 2014
Camino Portugues 2017
Takk for hjelpen. Any reasons in particular you would recommend Gudbrandsdalen over Østerdalen?
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Takk for hjelpen. Any reasons in particular you would recommend Gudbrandsdalen over Østerdalen?
Better infrastructure. More options. Most likely more resting/overnight areas. Østerdalen is quite sparsely populated.
 

Agrizzlybear

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Camino(s) past & future
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Camino Portugues 2017
Alright, I'm sold. I've been trying to learn Norwegian, and I realize that'll be pretty useless if I never see anybody to talk to.
 

lovingkindness

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Hey all, new user here looking to ask a question on the St Olav's trail. The official Norwegian site Pilgrimsleden.no mentions several paths to take. Gudbrandsdalen being by far the most popular. But it also mentions one called Østerdalen, which it describes as "pristine wilderness". That immediately caught the attention of my friend who is hiking with me. We realize it might be about 20 days of tent camping, but we're wondering if anyone's actually done this trail before. I can't find a single resource online besides that site. I speak some Norwegian, but I still couldn't find anything. Has anyone here ever tried it?

I'd really like to give it a try, but I want to make sure there's places to stock up on food and water. Of course I'd also like to know if pristine wilderness just means grey tundra the whole way. Should I just stick with Gudbrandsdal?
Hi there @Agrizzlybear

I have just finished hiking the Østerdalen trail and also the Valldalsleden to Dovre. I will get back to you in a few weeks time with details. Just to say...

The Østerdalen trail is a splendid nature trail. The first 8 days from Rena to Øvre Rendal are a well marked leisurely stroll. After this the trail demands stamina, it becomes quite a challenge. In the fjells one is up against the elements. It is easy to lose the way in mist, the rain or poor light.

The trail does not involve climbing or scrambling over rocks, it is mostly on springy tundra, through mires, along forest trails and occasionally on dirt roads. There are many streams to cross - some every day. (I wore Brookes Cascadia 13 trail runners. These were excellent as water waders.)

The signing after Tynset to Trondheim is sparse, somewhat neglected and often obscured by mist, low sunlight and shade. I found many St Olaf tags in the undergrowth the wire connectors rusted through. One needs good long distance eyesight to spot cairns, odd shaped rocks, red markers on stones and old wooden batons. ( i walked without GPS, mobile or camera relying on observation skills and pdf maps printed from the pilegrim website. I don,t recommend this. Some might find this alarming...The maps lacked detail.)

One can sleep most nights in a mountain cabin with wood burning stove, candle light and water collected from nearby streams or lakes. In August blue berries and cloud berries were thick on the ground....

I was alone for the entire hike from Rena to Trondheim. I met no other pilegrims or hikers just the occassional shop keeper and host/hostess. Stages between cabins became long. The experience was awesome, sweet....

Food supplies must be carried 3 to 5 days at a time.

ps Lia Gard organised for a pilegrim helper to meet me at the railway station in Rena...more details later. There is an up to date pdf for accommodation, shops etc. I,ll post a link later.

pps I am still out there hiking pilgrim trails. I,ll get back to you in a few weeks time.

Cheers
Lovingkindness
I
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route.
Hi there @Agrizzlybear

I have just finished hiking the Østerdalen trail and also the Valldalsleden to Dovre. I will get back to you in a few weeks time with details. Just to say...

The Østerdalen trail is a splendid nature trail. The first 8 days from Rena to Øvre Rendal are a well marked leisurely stroll. After this the trail demands stamina, it becomes quite a challenge. In the fjells one is up against the elements. It is easy to lose the way in mist, the rain or poor light.

The trail does not involve climbing or scrambling over rocks, it is mostly on springy tundra, through mires, along forest trails and occasionally on dirt roads. There are many streams to cross - some every day. (I wore Brookes Cascadia 13 trail runners. These were excellent as water waders.)

The signing after Tynset to Trondheim is sparse, somewhat neglected and often obscured by mist, low sunlight and shade. I found many St Olaf tags in the undergrowth the wire connectors rusted through. One needs good long distance eyesight to spot cairns, odd shaped rocks, red markers on stones and old wooden batons. ( i walked without GPS, mobile or camera relying on observation skills and pdf maps printed from the pilegrim website. I don,t recommend this. Some might find this alarming...The maps lacked detail.)

One can sleep most nights in a mountain cabin with wood burning stove, candle light and water collected from nearby streams or lakes. In August blue berries and cloud berries were thick on the ground....

I was alone for the entire hike from Rena to Trondheim. I met no other pilegrims or hikers just the occassional shop keeper and host/hostess. Stages between cabins became long. The experience was awesome, sweet....

Food supplies must be carried 3 to 5 days at a time.

ps Lia Gard organised for a pilegrim helper to meet me at the railway station in Rena...more details later. There is an up to date pdf for accommodation, shops etc. I,ll post a link later.

pps I am still out there hiking pilgrim trails. I,ll get back to you in a few weeks time.

Cheers
Lovingkindness
I
I just love you and your spirit so much!
You give me hope!
 

Agrizzlybear

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014
Camino Portugues 2017
Hi there @Agrizzlybear

I have just finished hiking the Østerdalen trail and also the Valldalsleden to Dovre. I will get back to you in a few weeks time with details. Just to say...

The Østerdalen trail is a splendid nature trail. The first 8 days from Rena to Øvre Rendal are a well marked leisurely stroll. After this the trail demands stamina, it becomes quite a challenge. In the fjells one is up against the elements. It is easy to lose the way in mist, the rain or poor light.

The trail does not involve climbing or scrambling over rocks, it is mostly on springy tundra, through mires, along forest trails and occasionally on dirt roads. There are many streams to cross - some every day. (I wore Brookes Cascadia 13 trail runners. These were excellent as water waders.)

The signing after Tynset to Trondheim is sparse, somewhat neglected and often obscured by mist, low sunlight and shade. I found many St Olaf tags in the undergrowth the wire connectors rusted through. One needs good long distance eyesight to spot cairns, odd shaped rocks, red markers on stones and old wooden batons. ( i walked without GPS, mobile or camera relying on observation skills and pdf maps printed from the pilegrim website. I don,t recommend this. Some might find this alarming...The maps lacked detail.)

One can sleep most nights in a mountain cabin with wood burning stove, candle light and water collected from nearby streams or lakes. In August blue berries and cloud berries were thick on the ground....

I was alone for the entire hike from Rena to Trondheim. I met no other pilegrims or hikers just the occassional shop keeper and host/hostess. Stages between cabins became long. The experience was awesome, sweet....

Food supplies must be carried 3 to 5 days at a time.

ps Lia Gard organised for a pilegrim helper to meet me at the railway station in Rena...more details later. There is an up to date pdf for accommodation, shops etc. I,ll post a link later.

pps I am still out there hiking pilgrim trails. I,ll get back to you in a few weeks time.

Cheers
Lovingkindness
I
Okay you've just made this sound like the most epic journey. Now I'm torn. I might stick with Gudbrandsdalen this time, but I really really want to hear more about this.
 

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