Helgonleden - The Northern stages
Helgonleden runs from coast to coast, from Uppsala and the Virgin Coast in Gävleborg along the beaches of the river Ljusnan, through villages, over mountains and through expansive forests, across the mountains towards the beautiful coast of Norway and to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, in the fjord beside the Atlantic.
Helgonleden can also be hiked to Uppsala, and along the Ingegerdsleden (Ingegerd's Trail) to Stockholm, Tyresö, and the Sörmlandsleden (Sörmland Trail) down towards the pilgrimslederna (pilgrim trails) at Vadstena. From there, the Birgittaleden (Birgitta Trail) can be followed to Lund and via pilgrimage routes through Denmark and Germany down to Cologne. The trails then continue to Santiago de Compostela, Rome or Jerusalem!
You can join Helgonleden in Uppsala and Stockholm via Ingegerdsleden – or from Finland and Grisslehamn in the Åland islands from the Vikingaleden (Viking Trail) from Grisslehamn to Älvkarleby. St Olav Waterway!
The trail passes through Gävle, Hille, Hamrånge, Skog, Rengsjö, Arbrå and then continues along the valleys of the Ljusnan River. Undersvik, Järvsö, Färila, Kårböle, Ytterhogdal, Överhogdal, Klaxåsen, Klövsjö, Storsjö kapell, Ljungdalen and then across the mountains to Stugudal in Norway. The route joins several other trails, such as the Kårböleleden, JämtNorgevägen and near the Norwegian border, the trails merge with Romboleden, down towards Nidaros Cathedral and the fjord of Trondheim.
The name Helgonleden
The supposed birthplaces of Holy Birgitta, Finsta, Saint Erik in Uppsala, Saint Karlung in Roslagen, Saint Staffan in Hälsingland and finally Saint Olof in Nidaros all contributed to the name Helgonleden.
Even Saint Anna of Novgorod, Ingegerd, through the Ingegerdsleden can be "a saint on the road", the Saints trail! The name is relatively new, dating from the beginning of the 21st century, but the route is ancient.
Information and maps
Information and advice before the hike: email@example.com
For digital maps, see: www.pilgrimstid.nu
Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Religious objects and material as required
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Pilgrim ID card
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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