An important part of planning is to know where there is service to find along the trail
St. Olavsleden goes through small towns and communities, but also long stretches of just nature. To enjoy the trail you therefore need to be somewhat prepared on what service there is to get, and what you must plan ahead.

Food and shops

On many stretches there are restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a while and take a break from hiking

There is long distances between shops in some areas, as for example between Borgsjö-Bräcke and Duved-Verdal, so plan ahead.

Most of the other sections of the trail there are shops, restaurants and cafés where you can sit, relax and enjoy a well deserved break.


In Sweden and Norway paying by credit/debit card such as Visa and Mastercard is common and widely accepted by most shops. Some shops even have no-cash policies.

For accommodation, hotels and larger hostels accept payment by card, but at private accommodation cash payments are usually required so make sure to have some cash with you on the journey. You can withdraw Swedish currency from your credit/debit card at ATMs called “bankomat”, go to the map to se where to find them along the trail.

Tourist information offices

There are tourist information offices in the following towns along the trail: Sundsvall, Borgsjö, Östersund and Trondheim. There is also several Info Points in Krokom municipality. You can buy and stamp your pilgrim passport here and receive useful information about the surrounding area. Please check opening hours.

Pilgrim centres

There are three pilgrim centres along the trail: Selånger Pilgrim centre, Stiklestad National Culture Centre and Nidaros pilegrimsgård in Trondheim. You will find useful information about the trail and can buy your pilgrim passport in these centers. In Trondheim you can also receive a Diploma. Read more in the section Pilgrim passport and stamps.


In Sweden and Norway the 4G network is well established along the trail. Several of the accommodations provide their guests WiFi and WiFi is also available at the tourist information offices.


The main hiking season is from mid-May until mid-September. Even then, there may be some late snow remaining, or early snow arriving in certain areas. The weather is very varied — it can be both hot and cold. It’s therefore a good idea to keep an eye on these weather services; and, so you know what clothes to bring.

In case of an emergency

Emergency numbers in Sweden:

  • SOS – 112
  • Police – 114 14 (for non-emergency incidents).
  • Risk of fire – keep track on the weather services and

Emergency numbers in Norway:

  • Ambulance – 113. 
  • Police – 112
  • Fire – 100

To prepare for your walk over the mountains, find out more at the Norwegian Mountain Code.