We are Roger Suul Johnsen and Trude Buran. We live in the mountain village of Sul, Norway, and run a milk farm and a pilgrim hostel.
We first heard about St. Olavsleden during a meeting of the parish in Vuku. The priest Kjartan Bergslid told Trude about the plans to reopen the pilgrim route from Selånger to Trondheim and that there was a need for more accommodation along the road. After a very brief discussion on our way home, we decided to jump at the chance.
We didn’t have to do much, other than buying some beds, a kettle, a microwave and a refrigerator for the stuga. We also fixed the shower in the main house. But after that, we were ready to welcome pilgrims. There has been a large increase in 2015: we had 77 pilgrims staying over – from Norway, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Finland, USA and Russia. Most guest will book in advance and would like to have dinner.
Last year two Swedish pilgrims got stuck in the mountains between Skalstugan and Sul. The weather had turned quickly and a terrible hailstorm forced them to call for help. The people from the Skalstugan Hotel brought the two shivering travellers to our place; I have never before seen people appreciate a hot shower and a good meal like they did. The next morning, during coffee, one of them grabbed a guitar and gave a mini concert in our living room. The two hikers continued their journey after that and made it all the way to Trondheim.