I am excited to announce that the CloudWalker pilgrim adventure in Norway is happening this year again!

Date: 29th of August – 6th of September
In total 9 days including 7 hiking days
Participants: 6-10

We will hike a historical pilgrim route, following the footsteps of king Olav who ruled the country around the year 1000. The whole route crosses Sweden and Norway, a 580 kilometres coast to coast trail. We will hike the last 135 kilometres, from Stiklestad to Trondheim. The distances varies between 16-21 kilometres per day with one day 25 kilometres. We are hiking from location to location carrying our backpacks with us. On the way, we are staying in hostels and home stays, some in pretty remote (but stunning) areas where we will enjoy dinner and breakfast. Each day we get a lunch package to bring with us.

The majority of the hike will be through stunning ancient forest with beautiful lakes and a forest floor filled with blueberries and lingonberries. Other parts are through fairy-tale like wet lands and some parts are through open farmlands. There are some wildlife to be spotted too. Plenty of birds, smaller mammals, deer and hopefully we will see an elk or two! During the hikes we will practice hikefulness which means being mindful while hiking. Each day we will do different excercises connecting mind, body and nature.

Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival
We are flying in from Amsterdam to Trondheim. A taxi bus will take us to Stiklestad where we are staying the first night. Stiklestad is a combination of hotel, pilgrim centre and open air museum. We will be staying in a really cool Viking longhouse in the open air museum!
After settled in, we will have dinner in the restaurant.

Day 2                  19 km
After breakfast we will start the hike to Munkeby, walking through the longest birch tree alley in Europe. We are passing the town of Verdal, with the only option for grocery shopping for the coming few days. The afternoon we walk through stunning forest, following a river until we reach Munkeby hostel and farm. We will have dinner in the restaurant together.

Day 3                  21 km
After breakfast the hike will take us past a small functioning monastery (which we could visit) towards the small village Markabygda. The hike is mainly through forest and wet lands, with some stunning views over lakes and hills. We spend the night in the ´grandmothers´ house on the farm Troset, set on the edge of the forest. The owner Heidi has done grocery shopping for us to cook a traditional Norweigan meal.

Day 4                  25 km
After breakfast we start hiking down to the village and its beautiful wooden church. Soon after, the trail takes us on unpaved roads through the forest, with some stunning views over lakes. It´s even possible to go for a swim! We spend the night on Boras farm, run by a lovely 85 year old lady and her son. They have done grocery shopping for us and we will cook our own meal.

Day 5                  19 km
Today´s hike is a bit more varied with walking through farm landscape, forest and villages. Some parts have stunning views over lakes and mountains. We spend the night at Esrgard farm hotel where we are staying in our own little farmhouse. The meals will be served in the restaurant at the hotel. There are possibilities to relax and swim in the river.

Day 6                  21 km
After breakfast we leave for the trip´s most challenging hiking day. Some parts are quite steep and others are on small paths through the forest. It´s one of the prettiest days however with stunning views and even a small waterfall. The night is spent on Folden farm, which is set beautifully at the edge of the forest. The owner Bernt will cook us a lovely meal.

Day 7                  16 km
Today is a shorter hike but it´s also the most beautiful, walking on small paths through forest and wet lands with many beautiful lakes (for swimming too), and some stunning look out points. We end the day at Vikhammer farm and hostel, set with views over the Trondheim fjord. The hostel is self-catering so we will get our own groceries and cook ourselves.

Day 8                  16 km
Today we will reach our end destination Trondheim. It´s an easy hike through farm lands and quite soon we will reach the outskirts of Trondheim, following the trail along the pretty coastline towards the centre and the cathedral. We are staying the night at the pilgrim centre hostel, next to the cathedral. Upon arrival we will all get a St Olavs letter, which is a proof that we walked at least 100 kilometres on the trail!
The afternoon is free to spend exploring Trondheim. In the evening we will enjoy dinner together in a restaurant in town.

Day 9
After breakfast and check-out, it´s time to head back to the airport. The airport bus leaves just a few minutes walk away from the hostel.

Cost and payment:
Total price: €825 pp.
First payment of €375 euro no later than 1st of May
Second payment of €450 euro no later than 15th of June
Payment is to be made to
JV Nilsson NL89 INGB 0795 3134 46
Mentioning Norway 2020 and your (Meetup) name. Please send a mail to cloudwalkerconsultancy@gmail.com to let me know the payment is done.
Only payment confirm your attendance!

Included in the trip:
8 nights of accommodation (shared rooms) in hostels or home stays
8x breakfast
7x packed lunch
6x dinner
Pilgrim pass (traditionally used as proof of being a pilgrim, nowadays as proof that we walked a minimum of 100 kilometres. We will get it stamped daily).
Transport from the airport to Stiklestad
St Olavs letter upon arrival in Trondheim
Packing list

Not included in the trip:
Flight ticket. Suggested flights with KLM:
29-08 Amsterdam – Trondheim ams 14.20 –  16.30 trd
06-09 Trondheim – Amsterdam trd 12.00 – 14.20 ams
Dinner on the first evening in Stiklestad and last evening in Trondheim is at your own expenses
Airport bus from Trondheim to the airport
Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
Any other drinks and snacks which are not included in the meals

Additional information
We will walk from one location to another, carrying our things with us. A well fitted backpack and good, broken in, hiking shoes are essential. A certain level of physical fitness is essential too, make sure you have trained long distance hiking beforehand.

Please note that the itinerary and activities are subject to change if necessary due to weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control.

Even though we are following an ancient pilgrim route, this is not a religious trip. Modern pilgrimage is about getting away from the daily hectic life, to spend some time outdoors in serenity while creating mental and emotional space for yourself. During the day there will be opportunities to walk alone at your own pace, in smaller groups or we decide to walk all together, depending on how we feel.

If you have any questions, please contact me.