Verdal municipality is widely known for its culture and history. It is the city where you will find the cradle of the nation – Stiklestad. Play like the Vikings, eat well and discover past times. Or play golf between the burial mounds and monoliths. Welcome!

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The famous battle of Stiklestad in 1030 is one of the history’s most significant battles, with farreaching consequences right up to modern Norwegian society. Stiklestad National Culture Centre has a varied cultural programme all year round.

More than 300 square kilometres of Verdal are located within the boundaries of the Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park. There are ample opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors, including hunting and fishing in many parts of the municipality. Verdal River is one of the region’s best salmon rivers.

Kværner Verdal is a cornerstone in the industrial history of Verdal and one of the biggest employers in the area. The current establishment of a wind power components business in the Ørin industrial park is creating a lot of excitement.
On the other side of the river lies Verdal, whose intimate and pleasant town centre is an ideal shopping and meeting place.

“Olsokdagene” – The Saint Olav Festival at Stiklestad at the end of July each year, has become one of Norway’s largest cultural festivals. In 2010 the Vømmøl festival at the end of May attracted around 10,000 visitors. The festival fills Verdal with crowds in a party mood who attend events and concerts playing music by Hans Rotmo. The fair Verdals Martnan in June leaves its mark on the town.

Inhabitants: 14 962
Size: 1 547,6 km2
Highest mountain: Løysmundhatten 1090 m.a.s.l
Largest lake: Lake Leksdalsvatnet
City status in 1998

Verdal municipality is widely known for its culture and history. Stiklestad AKA the cradle of Norway, is situated just outside of the town centre of Verdal. The famous battle at Stiklestad in 1030 is one of the history’s most significant battles, with far reaching consequences right up to modern Norwegian society. Stiklestad National Cultural centre feature a rich cultural program all through the year.

Stiklestad National Cultural Centre

Every year, about 20 000 people come to watch a dramatic presentation of the events that led up to the battle on 29th of July 1030. Stiklestad church is, true to tradition, built exactly on the place where King Olav fell, and has been a meeting place ever since it was built in the 12th century. Stiklestad became an important pilgrim destination in the middle ages, and these days the numbers of pilgrims coming to Stiklestad are increasing. Accommodation facilities for both pilgrims and other guests are available at Scandic Hotel Stiklestad. The pilgrim trail from Grong in the north and from Selånger in Sweden in the east, meet at Stiklestad.

Pilgrimage

St.Olavsleden starts in Selånger outside Sundsvall, passes through Verdal and ends in Nidarosdomen in Trondheim. Following the road that King Olav Haraldson travelled when he returned from Novgorod in Russia in the summer of 1030 to convert Norway to Christianity and win back the Norwegian throne. Now you can walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims, along traces of millenial history, while you get rest, reflection and peace of mind. St.Olavsleden is Scandinavia’s El Camino de Santiago.

Pilgrimage

St.Olavsleden starts in Selånger outside Sundsvall, passes through Verdal and ends in Nidarosdomen in Trondheim. Following the road that King Olav Haraldson travelled when he returned from Novgorod in Russia in the summer of 1030 to convert Norway to Christianity and win back the Norwegian throne. Now you can walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims, along traces of millenial history, while you get rest, reflection and peace of mind. St.Olavsleden is Scandinavia’s El Camino de Santiago.

Festivals and events

“Olsokdagene” – The Saint Olav Festival at Stiklestad at the end of July each year, has become one of Norway’s largest cultural festivals. The Vømmøl festival in May/June attracts around 10,000 visitors. The festival fills Verdal with crowds in a party mood who attend events and concerts playing music by Hans Rotmo. The market fair Øras Dager in August also leaves its mark on the town.

Shopping

The town centre of Verdal is a trade and meeting place with an intimate and pleasant atmosphere. Combine lunch with walking in downtown streets and you will discover unique shops with everything from clothing to art, interior and gift items.

Den Blå Krukke - Shop in Verdal city centre. Photo LA Holme

THE COUNTY ROAD FV 72

There are many historic monuments and great hiking, destinations along the road Fv72, Jamtlandsveien, which starts from E6 by Vinne in Verdal and ends at the national border to Sweden by Styggdalen valley. The great number of monoliths and monuments attests to the significance the road has had between Norway and Sweden throughout the ages. It is possibly the stretch of road in Norway with the most cultural monuments. Amongst others, you can visit Lysthaugen, in which the monument commemorating the casualties of the Verdal landslide, the deadliest landslide in modern Norwegian history, is situated.

The Verdal Fortifications

The fortifications, located 25 km from motor way E6, east along road Fv72, were built between 1907 and 1911 as a defence against attacks from the east. Both Russia and Sweden were regarded as possible enemies of Norway following the dissolution of the union of Norway and Sweden in 1905. Fortunately, the fortifications were never involved in any wartime action and in 1936 they were closed down by the Norwegian Army. The galleries have been restored and opened up to the public.

Biking Norway across

You can also bike across Norway along FV72. Only 50 km separates the fjord in Verdal with the border mountain to Sweden in the east.

Karl Johan’s veg

The old traffic artery between Sweden and Norway from 1835 – Karl Johans veg – has been restored and is today widely used by pilgrims, cyclists and hikers. Several unique period stone vaults and bridges have also been preserved, including Kong Karl Johan’s Klev. The trail goes parallel to FV72 the road Fv 72. The road is 17,5 km and its surface are mainly gravel and grass.