Nidaros Cathedral is built over the burial site of St. Olav and is the northernmost historical pilgrim destination in Europe. Pilgrims from all over the world still come to visit the cathedral, just as thousands have done before them during the Middle Ages.
Today, Nidaros Pilgrim’s Hostel has the honour of receiving the pilgrims and, during the summer, the Cathedral welcomes them by holding a pilgrim service daily at 5:40pm.
At Nidaros Pilgrim’s Hostel, the travellers can get their pilgrim passports stamped. In addition, they receive St. Olav’s letter, which also is a confirmation that one has walked along the pilgrim way to Nidaros. Here pilgrims can meet volunteers who are more than happy to listen to what the pilgrims have experienced on their journey. The reception centre of Nidaros Pilgrim’s Hostel is open between 09:00-17:00 (Monday-Friday). From June until September, the Pilgrim’s Hostel is staffed by volunteers from 15:00-18:00 (Monday-Sunday).
Nidaros Cathedral’s congregation has, together with the Pilgrim’s Hostel and NDR, the responsibility to welcome the pilgrims who arrive at the Cathedral. Our own pilgrim priest works closely with the Hostel to assure that the pilgrims have a warm and welcoming stay here in Trondheim. Read more about the Pilgrim’s Hostel!
Today you can follow the different pilgrimage paths through Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The paths have been marked with St. Olav’s pilgrim symbol, and they have all received the status as European Cultural Routes through the Council of Europe.