“The lighter the load, the brighter the thoughts”

You don’t need to carry much food with you on the St. Olavsleden trail as there are grocery stores along the way. However, you will need clothes for all types of weather.

For sleeping

You can sleep under a roof the entire length of the trail, but camping is sometimes a good option both for the freedom it gives, and for your wallet. You’ll of course need a tent, sleeping back and sleeping mat. In many places, bedding is included, or you can rent it, but a light travel sheet can be good to pack.


There are shops and restaurants along the trail where you can eat or buy food. But if you pack a camping stove you’ll have more freedom. Another option is to fill a thermos with hot water at your accommodation so you can make soup or a cup of tea or coffee during the day. Bring a bottle to fill up with water while you’re hiking. It’s fine to drink the water from the St. Olav water sources and from running water (streams and rivers). Also bring a sitting mat for your breaks.


Footwear is always important of course, but it is particularly so when you intend to walk something as long as the St. Olavsleden trail. Choose boots that you have already used for a while, and if you’re going to be carrying a heavy rucksack, it’s a good idea to wear hiking boots with a higher ankle for extra support. You should also pack rain clothes, warm layers – preferably wool, and a change of clothes. Bring a warm hat and gloves; it can get pretty cold, especially in the mountain areas. It can also be lovely and warm, so bring bathing clothes and a small towel, and changing into a pair of sandals for the evening is a wonderful feeling.

Other items that are good to pack

Make sure you have a map easy at hand, and perhaps a compass to orient yourself. You might want to bring a small notebook – you get the best ideas when you out hiking. A first aid kit is important. Mosquito repellent and a sitting mat are also handy. Don’t forget your chargers and toiletries too.