Innherred has a central place in Norwegian history. The battle of Stiklestad in 1030 and the death of King Olav the holy – founder of the nation, took place in Verdal nearly 1000 years ago.
While visiting Innherred, plan an historic round-trip, travelling by car or bike, sticking to the main roads or exploring the side roads.
You can see traces of human settlement from centuries ago at several places in Innherred in the form of rock art and ancient burial grounds.
You may experience historic rock art (ancient rock carvings that are the subject of myths and legends) several places in the region: Bardal not far from Steinkjer, Bøla 30 km east of Steinkjer and Holtås in Levanger.
At Bardal you will discover one of Trøndelag’s largest collections of rock art, while The Bøla reindeer is one of Europe’s most known rock art figures. The Rock art at Holtås is characteristic carvings from the Stone Age, comprising about 100 animal figures on flat rock.
Burial grounds- and mounds are another kind of prehistoric sites found throughout the region, If you head to the Skei Area (Skeifeltet) in Sparbu south of Steinkjer, the Helge Area (Helgefeltet) in Byafossen east of Steinkjer and Hegstad and Hallemsmarka in Verdal you will discover large burial areas comprising many burial mounds.
At Gjeite, the ridge of Levanger, there has been continuous settlement for around 1000 years, and the farm is surrounded by 28 burial mounds. At Kaustangen in Skånes, located between Verdal and Levanger, there is a star-shaped burial mound dating from the Late Iron Age.
At Toldnes Farm on the southern side of the Beitstadfjord, guiding is offered about the cultural heritage of the “Island of the Dead”, which is an important part of our collective memory. The more than 3000-year-old traces of human life and death are a source of knowledge and experience that we would like to share with anyone who is interested.