Along Fv72, Jamtlandsveien, there are many memorials and several great hiking trails. The road goes from E6 by Vinne in Verdal to country border by Styggdalen valley.
The large number of obelisks and stones shows the importance the route between Norway and Sweden has had throughout history. A stop or two is recommended!
About Jamtlandsveien – County road FV 72
Jamtlandsvegen celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. The road was important for trade between Sweden and Norway and in particular the Swedes were a driving force in establishing the road. For them it was important to get their goods to the Trondheimfjorden. It is also say that the road is the one in the country with the most cultural monuments, some of which are described in this article.
The first memorial stone you see when driving Jamtlandveien from Verdal to Sweden is the monolith Lysthaugen.
The night of 19. May 1893, Verdal suffered the deadliest landslide in Norwegian history. The monolith is placed on the burial ground of 33 of those killed in the land slide. They were brought ashore on that side of the river. When it became challenging to transport the victims to a cemetery, a burial place was quickly arranged here. The monolith was placed here the following year and the burila ground came into place the following year and the burial ground was consecrated on May 19, 1894, one year to the day one year after the landslide. The place also boasts great views overlooking Verdal.
Memorial monolith at Levring
Memorial stone placed here in honour of the Dragonian/cavalryman at Levring, Ingvald Pedersen from Langdallnesset, who died when general Armfeldt’s army marched through Verdal in 1718. Another reason for the monolith to be placed here might be to commomerate 9 soldiers from Verdal plus an unknown number of fallen from the GAuldal Company, who persihed here in 1718.
Bergugleberget – hiking trail 3 km return
Bergugleberget is situated 1 km from Fv72, towards Tromsdalen. A wonderful little hike steeped in history where you are rewarded with beautiful viws over Verdal at the top. Along the trail, there are information boards about the Swedish General Armfelt’s journey through Verdal in 1718, whos mission was to conquer Trondheim and Trøndelag. The villages the army passed through were completely looted, leaving the houses and farms empty. People died from starvation and consequently there was a famine in the years that followed and the mortality rated doubled. Bergugleberget was a cannon place for the defence of Verdal. There were 6 cannons, 3 of which can be seen today. There are seating areas for you to relax in before returning.
The memorial stone is just off the road when you take the turn to Vera. It is raised in the memory of the major Eilerik Visborg, his men and their fight in Verdal during the days 30.9 – 2.10 1658. In 1657, the Danish king Fredrik III declared war on Sweden. After war and peace negotiations, they agreed that Trondhjem’s county was to be be transferred to Sweden, to the dismay of strong forces in Norway. When the Norwegians, with good intelligence, learned that a Swedish force of 500 soldiers was en route to Trondheim, two companies with a total of 440 men, led by Major Eilerik Visborg and Captain Poul Birck were dispatched to Verdal. After skirmishes at Stene Skanse about 5 km further up the valley, the Swedish force was driven back and had to give up the attempt to reach Trondheim.
At Vaterholmen there is a stonewith the inscription, Tacksamhet 1825 – (Gratitude). This is probably the oldest stone monument along Fv72. In 1825, a division of Swedish soldiers visited Verdal and Trøndelag and they have most likely erected the stone in gratitude that they could visit Trøndelag in a peaceful errand.
The memorial stone Kong Carl Johans Klev 1835
This stone is situated at the bottom of Kleivdalen valley, just off the trail to The Værdalske Fortifications and Karl Johans way. There is a new and old edition of this stone. The new one can be found at Fv72, while the other stone is located at the veg museum at Stiklestad National Cultural Center. It is in memory of the road between Sweden and Norway, which was completed on the Norwegian side in 1835.
You can also hike to Storhavren and Hermannsnasa mountaintop from here.
Karl Johans Veg is located on the other side of the road of the Værdalske Fortifications. It is the old road between Sweden and Norway. It is today restored and used by pilgrims, cyclists and hikers. It is 17.5 km long and is protected. It was the Swedish/ Norwegian King Karl Johan who built the road to facilitate trafic and goods transport between the countries. They started the construction 1821 and it was completed in 1835. At the time it was considered great engineering. It is a great walk even if you choose to not go the whole route.
The Værdalske Fortifications
There is probably nowhere in the country where different defence fasclities and the remains of these that are as concentrated as they are in Verdal. One of which are De Værdalske Befestninger (the Værdalske Fortifications), situated up the mountainside and was constructed between 1909 – 1911, wuth the aim of defending the country from the east. Today you can visit northern (Nordre) and southern (Søndre) gallery which are located on each side of Fv72. The fortress is reached via an exciting hiking trail, over bridges and stairs and ladders, through historic landscape with cascading river rapids, lush vegetation and steep mountain walls. There are information boards along the way.
On the lawn of the farm Lillemoen there is a memorial commemorating Carolinians who are believe to be buried here in 1718 or in early 1719. They died when General Armfeldt’s army marched through Verdal to conquer Trondheim and Trøndelag.
Olavskjelda – The Olav Well
According to the Snorre Sagas the king’s army trampled down the field and that the farmer Torgeir Flekk complained about this to the king Olav. The king rode around the field and said to the farmer, “Farmer, I expect that God will fix the damage and that the field will be better in a week.” And, according to Snorre, it came to pass as the king had said. The Olav Well is situated in Sul and it is well signposted along Fv72. King Olav Haraldsson fell in the battle of Stiklestad 29 July 1030. The king and his army rested at Sul the night before going to Stiklestad. This well got its name from King Olav. Such wells can be found in several places in Trøndelag where it is said that King Olav passed by.
St. Olavs bridge
At the rest area by the St.Olavs bridge, the royal stone with the signature of Olav V is erected. He visited the site in 1980. At the time it was placed at the end of the old bridge, but when the new bridge was completed, it was moved to the rest area. If you want, you can walk across the road to see the old St. Olav Bridge.
Source: Verdal Historielag.