Presented by Milly Marmot
August 11, 2012
This stretch was a great walk, guided by Kari Børrud.
Kari’s description: Dale-Gudbrand’s Farm was the old seat for Viking chiefs and the centre of power for Gudrandsdalen in the Viking Era. This is the location of the story of the meeting between St. Olav and Dale-Gudbrand in 1021, the historical ”Kristningstinget” from Snorre’s Heimskringla. We continue our walk along “The old street”, passing Sør-Fron Church from 1692 with unique factors. It is an octagonal stone church. You walk through the vicarage where Ludvig Holberg lived for a period as a child. The vicarage is from the1300s. We pay a short visit at Sygard Grytting where pilgrims have stayed overnight since 1321, documented in an old letter, and perhaps even earlier. Here you will also find a “pilgrimsloft” or hostel from approx. 1280. We continue with a steep climb. This day’s route takes us to the highest point in the Pilgrims’ Way in Gudbrandsdalen. We will eat our lunch at Skar, approximately 600 metres over sea level after walking through Lauva with burial mounds and a special cultural landscape. There are old crofts here in the shade of the mountain. A “pilgrim’s refuge”, or shelter, has also been built here for pilgrims and other hikers who need a rest. From here you get a view over Gudbrandsdalen and in towards Jotunheimen. The walk goes onwards through a varied landscape high over Vinstra before a steep descent takes you down to Vinstra.
We started a glorious day with a lecture about the meeting between Dale-Gudbrand and Olav Haraldsson.
We reminded ourselves about the length of the remaining walk:
Then we happily agreed that this does not have to be done in a hurry.
Shortly after, this was the view when looking back:
And looking ahead:
“Vegen bør aldri gro til millom frendar”
Next leg: Vinstra-Kvam