Steinkjer is a city with a special history. We are happy to take you on a guided city walk or give you tips and advice along the way – welcome!
Inhabitants : 24 434
Size: 1564 km2
Highest mountain: Brannheiklompen 886 m.a.s.l
City status in 1857
Largest lake: Lake Snåsavatnet
Steinkjer municipality, which now includes Verran extends from the high mountains in the east to the coast and Inner Fosen in the west, along the entire north side of the Beistadfjorden. Steinkjer city is situated on the shores of the Beitstadfjord, the innermost arm of the Trondheimsfjord. The Steinkjer farm is the common thread in the history of Steinkjer from the Saga times. The city emerged when craftsmen and tradesmen settled in the area around Steinkjer farm.
The traditional sloop “Jekt” and garrison environment at Sannan brought new impulses and increased activity to Steinkjer, which gained city status in 1857.
The wooden buildings built in the Empire style were destroyed in the town fire of 1900, replaced by beautiful towers and spires characteristic of the Art nouveau style. Steinkjer was carpet-bombed in April 1940. The reconstruction commenced in 1941 and was mostly completed by 1965.
THE POST WAR RECONSTRUCTED TOWN
The re-building of Stenikjer was planned under the leadership of Professor Sverre Pedersen. His three principles are easily visible in the townscape: Kongens gate, the main street, is a Baroque view axis with the fire station tower and Oftenåsen mountain as central motifs. Book a guided city walk with us.
Jakob Weidemann, one of the most important artists in Norwegian modernism, was one of the forerunners of abstract art in Norway in the years following WWII. Steinkjer Church (AKA Weidemann’s Cathedral) is his masterpiece towering high with its 38 m freestanding clock tower.
The Egge area has a long history as a chieftains’ seat, and several burial mounds and burial cairns are easily accessible. Egge Museum is an open air museum and arranges a Viking Festival every 2. year – next time in 2021.
At Bøla, there are many rock carvings, dating from the Stone Age. The best known of these are the 6000-year-old “Bøla reindeer” and the “Bøla man” on skis. You will also find bear and birds figures, a Stone Age settlement and a nice nature trail with a wonderful view of the lake Snåsavatnet.
The Bardal field feature more than than 400 rock carvings dating from the Neolithic era and Bronze Age. Motifs include humans, animals and boats etc. The figures are best viewed when the sun is low. Easily accessible and is situated near the farm Bardal.
THE MINES IN MALM
Fosdalen’s quarries in Malm are northern Europe’s deepest iron ore mine, and were in operation until 1997. This laid the foundation for prosperity and made Malm one of the country’s richest municipalities. Malm was merged with Verran in 1964, and Steinkjer in 2020. The open air theater “The Apples in Messehagen” takes you back to 1960s Malm and lets you experience the mining history up close. Performances in September 2020.
THE ELNAN HILL FORT
The best-preserved hillfort in Steinkjer. There is a signposted hiking trail from South Beitstadvegen (about 3.5 km) and at the top of Elnanslottet you are rewarded with great views south, down the valley and beyond the Beitstadfjord.
Hike up to the city mountain Oftenåsen where the world’s larges garden chair is situated. You are also rewarded by beautiful views and scenic nature. The Peilehytta cabin is open sundays between 11 – 15 and serve light refreshments. There are numerous marked trails around the Oftenåsen mountain.
Should you want a longer hike, the trail to the Geographical Midpoint of Norway in the Ogndalsfjella mountains is well marked and you walk on railway sleepers most of the way. Along the way, enjoy the view of the beautiful Skjækra mountains. The hike starts at the parking area by Lake Lustadvatnet and it is a 20 km return with facilitated picnic and rest areas along the way.
Many choose to continue their hike into the Blåfjella – Skjækrefjella National Park.
Challenge your sense of direction in Steinkjer’s labyrinth Trifolium. Shaped like a clover, the municipal flower – hence the name. 1,3 km long.
There are marked hiking trails from Steinkjer train station and several places in Steinkjer city centre.
. Enjoy palm trees and a sandy beach at Bystranda Beach in Steinkjer’s vibrant city centre, while the kids play on the water trampoline. If you enjoy canoeing, you can also paddle from Bystranda to the island Kalvøya via Skåtangen and Hoøya island.
The national cycle route No 1 “The Coastal route” from Svinesund to Kirkenes also goes through Innherred: From Trondheim over Meltingen and Inderøy to Steinkjer, and continues out to South Beitstad and further north to Namsos and along Fv17.
WINTER IN STEINKJER
Steinkjer’s mountain areas invite you to great skiing experiences from January well into spring. The ski trail to Norway’s geographical midpoint goes through beautiful scenery into the Skjækerfjella.
Mokk Farm is a good base for adventures in the Skjækerfjella mountains. Experience nature with snowshoes, skis or ice skates on your feet. Rent a cabin in the mountains with Steinkjer kommuneskoger, fish, ski and maybe climb the magical Skjækerhatten mountain?
Midterfjellet in Følling has a large trail network and is easily accessible from the E6. Steinkjer Ski stadion have a high quality of its trails and is suitable both for those who compete and those just enjoying skiing. Henningvola is a skier’s paradise; large network of long ski slopes in mountain forests and bare mountains. Flodlit trails and ski lift for the kids.
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