Verdal - a historic experience
Stiklestad National Culture Centre lies beside the E-6 road outside Verdal, 90 km north of Trondheim.
The Battle of Stiklestad in the year 1030 is Norwegian history's most famous battle. The Christian Viking king, Olav Haraldson, fell there in the fight against the local chieftains. The king was made holy after his death and named Saint Olav. This led indirectly to Norway being gathered as one kingdom and that christianity was introduced. Stiklestad and Trondheim became one of the greatest pilgrim destinations in Europe.
Experience the history at Stiklestad National Culture Centre, most known for its open-air theatre "The Play about Saint Olav", but here there is also a cultural hall with exhibitions, museum shop, café and course/conference possibilities, Stiklestad Church from 1180, a catholic chapel and folk museum with 30 well-preserved buildings from the 1600's until today. In the exhibition "Stiklestad 1030" the Viking period and the history around the battle at Stiklestad is brought alive by a guide who tells the story "The faith changes its face".
Photo: Leif Arne Holme, printing authorised by SNK.
"The Play about Saint Olav" has for more than 40 years enthused the public on the Saint Olav's Day celebrations (29th July). Every year Norway's largest and oldest open-air theatre attracts around 20,000 spectators to the famous battle field at Stiklestad. The performances take place between 25th-29th July in 2001. In connection with the play, various concerts, theatre performances, seminars and other festive activities are arranged. During the week of the Saint Olav celebrations, a market from the middle ages is arranged with demonstration of crafts, traditional food, clothes, activities and games from this period of time, and it will be possible for visitors to hire period clothes and participate in the activities.
The travelling theatre "Gårdimellom - From Farm to Farm" is an experience for the whole family and is performed every day between 23rd June and 12th August. Accompany the servant girl Dorthea on a journey from farm to farm in the year 1901. Meet the housewife, the baker, the shoemaker and the roadman and experience how life was 100 years ago. Perhaps you will be allowed to participate in the tasks? A delightful experience for everyone!
Inderøy - the golden route
Turn off from the E6 highway and when you get to Røra, take a parallel route and you will experience one of the most magnificent parts of the Norwegian cultural landscape:
«This is the best place north of the Dovre mountains, perhaps in the whole country. It is large, luxurious, and its fjords and landscape are intertwined in the most exquisite harmony».
It was Norway's first travel writer, Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, who depicted the panorama from Rolsbakken in Inderøy in 1860.
The Golden Route is the name of this alternative to the E6 highway and it only takes eight minutes more. But with attractions as close as here, it may take more. First Straumen - one of Norway's best preserved timber house villages. This is where the artist Nils Aas played as a child. In Nils Aas Kunstverksted (Artshop), you will find a fine collection of many of his most famous works, a gallery of Norwegian contemporary art, and a workshop where children and the young can enjoy themselves.
There are also two medieval churches along the route. The old Sakshaug church just by Straumen, was consecrated in 1184. Hustad church, one of the oldest churches in Trøndelag from the 12th century, is located in Sandvollan.
Snåsa - Hunting and fishing for your delight
Gjørv Manor - culture, deer and high-quality food
The most beautiful farms in the area are on a hillside near Sandvollan overlooking the fjord in all directions. Gjørv is one of these and has been a manor since medieval times. The hosts, Inger Lise and Ola Andreas Gjørv will be delighted to show you around and tell you the exciting history of this site which has been inhabited for at least 3 000 years.
They are also proud to tell you about their large herd of deer. This has become a source of income from deer breeding and the traditional processing of the venison. This means that various types of cured, dried and salted venison, pate and well-seasoned smoked sausage are all available. Gjørv Manor is open by appointment for receptions, short seminars and exquisite meals prepared by a gourmet chef.
The impressive buildings at Gjørv Manor from the 18th
and 19th centuries surrounded by extensive gardens.
In the inner reaches of Lake Snåsavatnet is Snåsa a part of Innherred that is world famous for its hunting and 2000 lakes. Every autumn, the mountains are invaded by eager hunters. Anglers have a longer season and the best fishing is in Lake Snåsavatnet with its rich stock of trout, char and burbot.
The Bergsåsen Nature Preserve is worth a visit to see the rare flora, and by the Swedish border near Lierne is the Gressåmoen National Park. Here the impressive scenery is accessible from the good network of mountain roads.
As Snåsa is a centre for the Sami people this is a place to see Lappish culture in the museum and cultural centre. Also there is a beautiful stone church where the oldest parts are from the 13th century. Viosen is a small village on Lake Snåsavatnet that has protected buildings from the era when boats were practically the only means of communication.
Finally, when you visit Snåsa, approach it from the north and you will be rewarded by an incredible view. The countryside opens up and there is the lake stretching away in front of you, almost like a mirror at your feet.
M/S Bonden II has a regular route on Lake Snåsavatnet