Welcome to Stiklestad – with something of interest for the whole family!
Come and visit Stiklastadir - a farm from the Middle Ages;the Folk Museum, Molåna Café and The Barn Playhouse - see the wooden animals in the barn; or join a tour with one of our skilled guides.
VIKING SUMMER 2023
Period: 24. June – 6. August
Welcome to our Viking longhouse and medieval Guesthouse! Indoors and outdoors, at Stiklastadir you can enjoy many activities, including handcrafts, farm work and children's games. You will experience how people lived in the Viking age and take a share in their chores. Visit the spectacular Chieftains Hall in the longhouse and hear stories of gods, kings and life in the Viking age. In the Guesthouse you will learn how the battle in 1030 and Christianisation of Norway changed life and society. Stiklastadir has been built by our own skilled crafters, and the blacksmith in the smithy or the carpenter working with timber love to share their knowledge about materials, tools and building traditions with you. How did they forge nails or split logs and form planks thousand years ago?
Step back in time on the farm Stiklastadir, where you can experience history in action with our communicators, making your mind and imagination fly.
Join one of our guides who will give you an insight into the history of the saint-king Olav and show you around the area where the battle took place.
A permanent exhibition which you enter from the courtyard. The exhibition covers the transition from pre-Christian time to the period after the battle of Stiklestad, when Christianity had become solidly established in Norway.
THE ST. OLAV DRAMA
For many people, Stiklestad is best known as the location where "The St Olav Drama" is performed during the Olsok days each year. "The St. Olav Drama" has always been a collaboration between professionals and amateurs. "The St. Olav Drama" is referred to as “The mother of all dramas". In addition to the actors, musicians and singers a very large volunteer unit is needed, and "The St. Olav Drama" would not be possible without the enormous effort and high-quality engagement from hundreds of volunteers.
26., 28., 29. and 30. JULY 2023 19:00
See how the Chieftain of Stiklestad may have lived during the Viking Age. Listen to stories from the time prior to the battle.
THE GUEST LOFT
An elegant loft based on the architectural traditions of the Middle Ages is now open. Join us in the Guest Loft and listen to stories about the changes given rise to by the Battle of Stiklestad. The building houses an impressive assembly hall and beds for overnight stays.
Learn to shoot with bow and arrow, drive Thor’s Wagon, play freely in our large pilgrim labyrinth, historic sandbox, Viking castle or the Viking ship. Borrow Viking clothes, helmets, swords and shields and get your photo taken.
«THE BATTLE AT STIKLESTAD» FOR KIDS
Join us in reenacting the battle in 1030! Will you be part of the peasant army or fight alongside king Olav? Fight like a Viking with a sword and shield! From 5 years.
FEEDING THE ANIMALS
Many friendly animals live at Stiklestad: sheep, pigs and chicken. Join us feeding the animals on the farm.
The church that stands here today is a medieval stone church erected between 1150 and 1180. It has been and still is a well-known and cherished place of pilgrimage. History tells us that the church was erected over the site where Olav Haraldsson was killed in 1030. 11:00 – 18:00 (11. June – 11. August)
THE OLAV MONUMENT
Norway’s oldest memorial monument, which is a memorial to St. Olav.
THE EQUESTRIAN STATUE
Saint Olav, sculpted by artist Dyre Vaa in 1973.
The largest outdoor stage in Scandinavia. Each year, at the end of July, the Saint Olav Drama is played here and it is also an excellent arena for other theatre
performances and concerts. The amphitheatre has 4.500 seats.
A Catholic chapel set up in 1930 in connection with celebrations for the 900th anniversary of the battle of Stiklestad.
HOLY OLAV’S CHAPEL
A Russian Orthodox chapel, originally from Folldal. Rededicated
and opened in 2014 at Stiklestad
The Folk Museum at Stiklestad consists of over thirty buildings, most of which are from the 1700s and 1800s. The museum is situated in a beautiful landscape with idyllic narrow paths beside a small stream and cultural heritage sites.
Among other things, the collection consists of a bakery, roadman’s house, crofter’s cottage, mill, joinery shop and shore-dweller’s cottage (for a fisherman who owns no land). The Museum area is a good meeting place and a great recreation area.
Molåna is a traditional large farmhouse called "Trønderlån". In charming rooms with historical interiors you can buy coffee, cakes, waffles, juice and ice cream from hosts dressed in traditional costumes.
THE BARN PLAYHOUSE
Vegvoktertunet is a favourite location for the smallest children. Here you can find wooden animals waiting to be looked after, fed and played with. In The Play Barn there is a cow, a horse, sheep, hens and a small family of pigs. A fine calf was born to our cow in the spring and a family of mice has moved in. You will also have the opportunity to try walking on stilts and skipping with a rope.
WHERE IS STIKLESTAD?
Stiklestad is located only 5 km from the E6 highway exit, in Verdal municipality, and 4 km from Verdal train station. Drive northeast along national highway (Riksvei) 757. Distance from Trondheim Airport Værnes: 60 km; from Steinkjer: 30 km; and from Trondheim: 90 km.
Innherred is located in Trøndelag county and consists of the municipalities Levanger, Verdal, Inderøy, Steinkjer and Snåsa which are located north of Trondheim along the E6. Norway's history runs, like the E6, as a common thread through Innherred.
Take a break from your trip and experience historic Innherred. For other activities in the region around Stiklestad, see visitInnherred.com or trondelag.com