Stiklestad has for almost a thousand years had a unique position in Norwegian history. The name first entered the history books as the site of the battlefield where the Viking king Olav Haraldsson was killed on 29 July 1030. Olav Haraldsson, the last of the Christianizing kings of Norway, was quickly recognized as a Christian martyr. The following year, on 3 August 1031, he was canonised and from that day he was known as Olav the Holy or St. Olav. As a result of the battle and Olav’s sainthood Stiklestad has had a strong symbolic function both for Christianity, the monarchy and the Norwegian society in general.
Today, Stiklestad is a national symbol, a monument, a sacred site and a museum. The Culture Centre and Stiklestad Hotell is open all year round. Stiklestad National Culture Centre was established by Parliamentary decree in 1995 with the primary purpose of conveying the wide-ranging dimensions in the Olav heritage. Today you can experience the exciting cultural history of Stiklestad through the medieval farm Stiklastadir, The Saint Olav Drama and festival, exhibitions, the Folk Museum, guided tours and other activities. The course and conference facilities at Stiklestad Hotel are ideal for all kinds of meetings. Why not organise a family get-together at this historic site?
WELCOME TO STIKLESTAD – a thousand years of history for the entire family!