Kystpilgrimsleia , Norwegian for „Coastal Pilgrim Route“, is the name of the pilgrim that runs along the west coast of Norway and culminates at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim . Kystpilgrimsleia is a joint venture between four counties and a comprehensive and sustainable tourism product that promotes cultural heritage and provides a unique experience of the fjords of Norway.
The Coastal Pilgrim Route along the Norwegian coast is one of the most important and perhaps the most widely used pilgrim routes of the Middle Ages going to Nidaros, now called Trondheim . The Nidaros Cathedral kept the relics by the Norwegian St. Olav was taken care of. The Coastal Pilgrim Road is mentioned in written sources already in the late 1000’s.
The shrine in Nidaros was mentioned in historical sources already in 1075 – in the works of Adam of Bremen „Bremen’s Gesta Pontificum Hammaburgensis Ecclesiae.“ There are also various accounts for pilgrimage routes to Nidaros, including coastal pilgrim way: „If you sail from Aalborg and Vendsyssel in Denmark, you come to Viken in a day, which is a town in Norway (probably Oslo). Trondheim, Trondheim, Trondheim, Trondheim. One can also get an other road, which leads from the Danes in their Scania overland to Trondheim. But this road over the mountains is dangerous, it is avoided by the pilgrims. „Arriving by sea by Kystpilgrimsleia-thus, according to Adam of Bremen, the most used artery to Nidaros, the sea route was also dangerous with changing weather and pirates. Both Norwegian and foreign pilgrims flocked here, either to Nidaros , or to visit many of the local shrines.
Tourism in the fjords
Kystpilgrimsleia is a project under development (2014-2017). When ready, the road will consist of easy-to-access information on how to travel by road, by kayak, canoe or boat.