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Ingegerdsleden (The Ingegergd pilgrimage trail) in Sweden (Plus S:t Botvid and Erik pilgrimage trail)

BeatriceKarjalainen

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IMG_0482.jpgLast week I decided to do a small pilgrimage here in Sweden as I couldn't go to Spain. I have heard of short trail between Stockholm Cathedral and Uppsala Cathedral called Ingegerdsleden.

To make my walk a bit longer i decided to combine it with 2 other trails. First S:t Botvid's pilgrimage trail (7,5 km) between Salem and Botkyrka and then the Erik's pilgrimage trail between Uppsala and Old Uppsala, only 6 km. I also walked between Botkyrka and Stockholm via a hiking/biking trail called Norsborsstråket.

I must say that I really enjoyed the Ingegerd pilgrimage trail. It reminded me of the camino in many ways. One downside was that lodging was quite expensive (I brought my tent so I could have slept in it if needed). Here I have posted some basic information, will follow up with comments to the post with some info/pictures from my walk if you are interested. If there is something special you want to know, ask.

The recommended stages was as usually a bit short for me so I made up my own stages. The trail is supposed to be 110 km if you go straight but I found it a bit longer (145 km). There are a lot of optional detours (one way and back) to different churches i didn't do any of them as walking the same path in 2 directions to a church that is most certainly closed isn't my cup of tea.

The route is not marked except for here and there, in some places it is running along with the Upplandsleden that is well marked. But there is GPX-tracks available and at least some guidance on how to turn in the guidebook.

The recommended stages
Stage 1:
Stockholm Cathedral - Kista Church 22 km
(food and accommodations available)

Stage 2: Kista Church - Ed Church 16 km
(nothing here but you can walk on just a few km on the trail to Upplands Väsby where bus/train/food and accommodations are available)

Stage 3: Ed Church - Rosersberg Palace 14 km
(food and accommodations available at the palace)

Stage 4: Rosersberg Palace - Sigtuna 13 km
(food and accommodations available)

Stage 5: Sigtuna - Odensala Church 14 km
(nothing available but bus stop to go somewhere else and then get back in the morning)

Stage 6: Odensala Church - Alsike Church 14 km
(nothing available but bus stop to go somewhere else and then get back in the morning for a night you could sleep in a wind shed just before the church or ask the Sisters of the Holy Spirit if they can take you in for a night there are also some Airbnb in Knivsta just before)

Stage 7: Alsike Church - Uppsala Cathedral 18 km
(food and accommodations available)

My stages:
Day 1:
(S:t Botvid + Norsborgsstråket): Sala - Botkyrka - Stockholm Cathedral (plus 1,5 km on Ingegersleden to get to a hostel) 39 km

Day 2:
Hostel in Stockholm - Kista Church - Rotebro 40.5 km
Stayed in a small hotel "Strandvillan"

Day 3: Rotebro - Ed Church - Rosersberg Palace - Sigtuna 41 km
Stayed at Sigtunastiftelsen

Day 4: Sigtuna - Odensala Church - Alsike Church - Krusenberg Estate 38 km
Stayed at the Estate hotel, got a really good pilgrimage price as the receptionist thought I was worth it by walking here

Day 5: Krusenberg Estate - Uppsala Cathedral - Old Uppsala Church 28 km


S:t Botvids pilgrimsled:

Pilgrim passport can be obtained outside the church in Sala or Botkyrka. But I only found stamps at start and end.
Information material from the Swedish Church: https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/botkyrka/sankt-botvids-pilgrimsled

Ingegerdsleden:
I think you can get the pilgrim passport in the Cathedral in Stockholm but it was closed when I was there, if walking from Uppsala/Old Uppsala the churches has the pilgrim passport. I found very few places with a stamp but a lot of churches were closed.
Information material from the Swedish Church: https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/stockholmsstift/ingegerdsleden
Guide book (a bit outdated): https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/Sve/Binärfiler/Filer/Ing001 Inlaga webb(1).pdf

Eriksleden:
Pilgrim passport can be obtained in either Uppsala or Old Uppsala. Stamps should be available in some churches you pass on the way. The passport is also for the Marialeden.
Information from the Swedish church: https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/uppsala/eriksleden-
Folder about the trail: https://www.uppsala.se/globalassets/dokument/friluftsomraden/eriksleden_folder_2011.pdf
 


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