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5 Reasons To Walk the Gudbrandsdalsleden Path in Norway

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim - the ending point of the Gudbrandsdalsleden Trail

People walk pilgrimage routes for different reasons; religion, looking for change, outdoor adventure, or healing from a personal crisis. Sometimes, it’s all of them at once. That’s what it was like for me when I walked along the Gudbrandsdalsleden path in Norway. I didn’t have a very heavy pack on the trail, but I always have some pretty heavy burdens that I carry in my mind. 

I thought about my rocky relationship and my next trip with my niece. Then I thought about my career, about what to write (and wondered if I would ever be strong enough to write it), and thought about happiness, the horrible process of aging, and being alone. My mind was full of burdens weighing down my every step.

After getting a taste of what this Nordic pilgrimage is all about, I offer some other reasons why you should consider taking on the Gudbransdalsleden Path.

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim – the ending point.
path marker on the Saint Olav Ways Gudbrandsdalsleden walk
A marker shows the way…
Stave church on the Gudbrandsdalsleden Trail From Oslo to Trondheim
Stave Church

Where Is the Gudbrandsdalsleden Trail? 

Stretching from the vibrant capital city of Oslo to Trondheim, a picturesque city in central Norway, this trail winds through some of the most iconic and diverse regions in the country.

Gudbrandsdalsleden Map

Gudbrandsdalen map pilegrimsleden walk
The Gudbrandsdalen Path from Oslo to Trondheim is the longest, most popular, and has the most infrastructure.

It takes trekkers on a remarkable journey through lush forests, charming villages, rolling hills, and past crystal-clear lakes, providing a true immersion into the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Norway. Along the way, hikers can enjoy the tranquility of unspoiled wilderness, encounter historic sites, and experience the warm hospitality of the local communities that dot this awe-inspiring route.

The Gudbrandsdalsleden Trail is not just a walk; it’s a unique adventure, offering a glimpse into Norway’s rich history, stunning scenery, and the allure of a remarkable cross-country journey.

Reasons Why You Should Walk the Gudbrandsdalsleden Trail

Here are five irresistable reasons why you should walk the Gudbrandsdalsleden Path, the ancient pilgrim path in Norway.

1. It’s an Infant Trail

This is the Camino de Santiago of 20 years ago. It’s in its infancy, and that makes it exciting.

The businesses and resources along the route are less developed than the Camino de Santiago since it has only existed formally as a tourism activity since 1998. The path is well-marked and maintained like the Camino, but you will not find businesses created…

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