Outside of Sundsvall where I live, there’s a place called Selånger. That is the starting point of St. Olavs pilgrimage. It is the road the holy Olav took when he in the summer of 1030 walked with his army towards Norway to reclaim the throne. The pilgrim road went from Selånger, through Sundsvall and out past my house on the countryside in Matfors I live, and then it continues all the way to Trondheim in Norway. You can read more about the path and the saint Olav Haraldsson here (in Swedish)
The S:t Olav hiking path is 564 km long and my friends Angeliqa and Leanne are currently walking all the way, a hike that takes about a month to complete. They started on a Friday and late that evening (after walking in the wrong direction after reaching Matfors) they finally ended up at my house.
We had dinner consisting of sweet potato -and halloumi burgers and oven roasted root vegetables, and then we sat up for a long time just chatting about photography, nature, hiking, the outdoor lifestyle and work as a freelancer. Feet where being filed and taped before it was time to go to bed. They had to continue their long journey the next day, and I planned on tagging a long for a bit!
Saturday 20/8 | Kvällsjön – Gålviken (about 18km)
After spending the morning cuddling with my kittens for far too long we left my old house and started walking. It had been raining continuously all Friday and the clouds hung low with fog dancing over the meadows when we started but later in the day it got better and we had sunshine for the rest of our hike. I’d been traveling along this road by car so many times that it felt strange to walk it, but I really liked it cause I got to see a lot of new things and had more time to take photos as well.
I really enjoyed showing my friends some of my favourite spots that I’ve been visiting pretty regularly. Since Leanne and Angeliqa had their own guide (me) they did not have to use their map vert much either with I think they appreciated. This stretch aslo has good pilgrim signs put up and is pretty straight forward following along the water so it’s hard to get lost.
At one point I had to stop and re-pack and adjust my backpack quite a lot. I’d borrowed the pack so it wasn’t a perfect fit and I wasn’t very good at packing so I did have a few issues. It was their second day hiking which is usually one of the heaviest days of a longer hike, until your body and mind adjusts, something I would come to learn later on. Leanne had some trouble with her feet so we also made sure to stop and tape them up some more.