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Planning to Walk St Olavsleden

Discussion in 'St Olav´s Way to Trondheim' started by dougfitz, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. dougfitz

    dougfitz Veteran Member Donating Member

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    I am beginning to plan my 2018 pilgrimage to Trondheim on the St Olavsleden route from Sundsvall. Some of you will remember that I had originally thought I would do this last year, but I deferred it and walked the CF with my wife.

    I was able to pick up a copy of Staffan Soderlund and Marie Sjostrom's guide book recently in Trondheim, and I dropped into the Pilgrim office in Oslo as well.

    Next year, I expect to be walking solo. Looking at the accommodation options, quite a lot is for two, four or more, and very little seems to offer just a single bed, eg in a dormitory. Have others who walked this route found that, or are there good options to find accommodation for a person travelling alone along the way?

    This is leading me down the road of thinking about being prepared to camp. I expect to start walking at the end of Jun to arrive in Trondheim for Olsok. Carrying a tent is clearly one option, but has anyone had experience with options like swags or bivvy bags as an alternative at that time of year?

    Thank you for any any assistance on these questions.
     
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  2. jozero

    jozero Oh... That's what the shell is for... Donating Member

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    From the gear perspective only, I have an OR bivy sack that I'd recommend (link) although perhaps as a 4 season it could be overkill as it weighs in at 900gm. I've used this for my motorbike weekend kit and slept comfortably in various conditions throughout the year with a Thermarest pad (R 3.7) and light down sleeping bag.

    What drew me to this one were the poles that keeps the material off your face and reduces my tendency toward claustrophobia. Secondly, the option to have just the mesh covering the head area makes this feasible in warmer seasons rife with winged and footed critters. It states it breathable however I found my normal respiration far exceeded any permeability of the Gor-Tex but no surprise for me there.
     
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    I walked the Sundsvall - Trondheim Olavsleden last year but at an earlier time - beginning in early May. There was no guidebook in English at that time. Many of the accommodation places listed in the stolavsleden.com website were still closed and I spent most of my nights in a tent. I did have comfortable and relatively affordable nights in hostels in Ostersund, Munkeby and Borras, as well as a surprisingly inexpensive night at the impressive riding school at Wengen. There is one small wooden cabin free for walkers some hours south of Bracke and a small number of rough 3-walled wind shelters (gapahuk) which are open to all to use. Not enough to allow someone to rely on them entirely though. Being early in the summer I had very little problem with mosquitoes though I gather they are a menace in the warmer months. Some efficient screening is probably necessary to sleep at all comfortably then.

    There is an active Facebook group dedicated to the S:T Olavsleden where you may find up-to-date reports from recent walkers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingstolavsleden/ Interest in the St Olav ways seems to be growing rapidly and I think that more is already being done to increase pilgrim facilities. @dougfitz please feel free to send me a PM if there is anything specific you think I could help you with on this one.

    PS. How could I forget to mention the wonderful reception at Revsunds Prastgard?! Ruben the owner is very involved in developing the route and is a mine of information. He also provides very affordable single beds for pilgrims in a dormitory in his beautiful rural guesthouse.
     
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    When I walked with the pilgrim offices' group in 2015 our housing was prearranged in rustic accommodations. Our group's size fluctuated between 12 and 20 and it was not unusual to find that independent walkers were lodging with us. They paid separately and were not officially part of our group. Sometimes they shared our group meals but paid for their food. They never walked with us; it was just room and board for them. Most, if not all, of these places recommended phoning ahead to make arrangements.
     
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    I passed a similar group in 2012 on the Gudbrandsdalen route. Timing this was critical - the group crowded out some places, making it difficult to get ahead of them until there was a place with enough bed spaces for us to stay together. This happened at Meslo Gard - a wonderful place where we had an excellent meal together. The next day, we all attended the Pilgrim's Mass and two of us walked on to Segard Hoel while the group stayed at Meslo Gard for a second night.

    I'm not expecting this on the St Olavsleden route, but I will keep my eye out for larger groups starting around the same time as me just the same.
     
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    I walked from Oslo to Trondheim in June of 2015 and had no difficulty finding a place to stay. I had a friend with me. On the last third of the walk we often stayed where a group from Oslo stayed at their invite. We did pay separately and ate separately. When not attaching ourselves to their accommodations we always called ahead in the morning or the night before for the next accommodation. We never had to tent. Many of our accommodations were on working farms in their converted farm buildings.
     
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    I walked the Gudbrandsdalen in 2012, a couple of years before you. The difficulty was not finding a place to stay but finding a place for one. At camping grounds in particular, I found myself paying for a hut with four beds. This drove up the costs significantly. Looking at the St Olavleden accommodation list, it appears similar in places that I have looked at so far.
     
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    Dougfitz, as Bradypus says, the mosquitoseason will be at top from mid June and on if you want to camp. In Norway "allemannsretten" makes it easier to camp than f.i. in Spain. As long as your not on the doorsteps of somebodys house, that is 300 m away, you are allowed to camp, but on private ground I would ask the owner.
     
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