Innherred Includes Levanger, Verdal, Inderøy and Steinkjer
Rolling fields with pink bands of rosebay willow herbs, well-tended farms with impressive farm buildings fringe the green slopes down to the wide Trondheim Fjord, one of the most fertile areas in the country, and rightly termed the garden of Norway. Along the E6 highway by the Trondheim Fjord you will find a part of Norway where rural culture has strong roots, and a past which has made its mark on the history of Norway. This is Innherred which includes the municipal areas of Levanger, Verdal, Inderøy and Steinkjer.
Innherred offers an insight into the whole of Norway’s history, from the middle ages right through to today. Just an hour's drive north from Trondheim (capital of Trøndelag) along E6 you will find the region "Innherred". Innherred consists of the municipalities Steinkjer, Levanger, Verdal and Inderøy.
Verdal - a historic experience at Stiklestad
Stiklestad National Culture Centre lies beside the E-6 road in Verdal, 90 km north of Trondheim. The Battle of Stiklestad in the year 1030 is Norwegian history's most famous battle. The Christian Viking king, Olav Haraldson, fell there in the fight against the local chieftains. The king was made holy after his death and named Saint Olav. This led indirectly to Norway being gathered as one kingdom and that Christianity was introduced. Stiklestad and Trondheim became one of the greatest pilgrim destinations in Europe.
Experience the history at Stiklestad National Culture Centre, most known for its open-air theatre "The Play about Saint Olav", but here there is also a cultural hall with exhibitions, museum shop, café and course/conference possibilities, Stiklestad Church from 1180, a catholic chapel and folk museum with 30 well-preserved buildings from the 1600's until today. In the exhibition "Stiklestad 1030" the Viking period and the history around the battle at Stiklestad is brought alive by a guide who tells the story "The faith changes its face".
"The Play about Saint Olav" has for more than 40 years enthused the public on the Saint Olav's Day celebrations (29th July). Every year Norway's largest and oldest open-air theatre attracts around 20.000 spectators to the famous battle field at Stiklestad. The performances take place between 25th-29th July in 2002. In connection with the play, various concerts, theater performances, seminars and other activities are arranged. During the days of the Saint Olav celebrations at Stiklestad, a market from the middle ages is arranged with demonstration of crafts, traditional food, clothes, activities and games from this period of time.
The travelling theatre "Gårdimellom - From Farm to Farm" is an experience for the whole family and is performed every day in July. Accompany the servant girl Dorthea on a journey from farm to farm in 1902. Meet the housewife, the baker, the shoemaker and the roadman and experience how life was 100 years ago. Perhaps you will be allowed to participate in the tasks? A delightful experience for everyone!
Inderøy - the golden route
Turn off from the E6 highway and when you get to Røra, take a parallel route and you will experience one of the most magnificent parts of the Norwegian cultural landscape:
«This is the best place north of the Dovre mountains, perhaps in the whole country. It is large, luxurious, and its fjords and landscape are intertwined in the most exquisite harmony».
It was Norway's first travel writer, Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, who depicted the panorama from Rolsbakken in Inderøy in 1860.
The Golden Route is the name of this alternative to the E6 highway and it only takes eight minutes more. But with attractions as close as here, it may take more. First Straumen - one of Norway's best preserved timber house villages. This is where the artist Nils Aas played as a child. In Nils Aas Kunstverksted (Artshop), you will find a fine collection of many of his most famous works, a gallery of Norwegian contemporary art, and a workshop where children and the young can enjoy themselves.
There are also two medieval churches along the route. The old Sakshaug church just by Straumen, was consecrated in 1184. Hustad church, one of the oldest churches in Trøndelag from the 12th century, is located in Sandvollan.
Nils Aas Museum/ Nils Aas Kunstverksted
Permanent exhibit of works by sculptor Nils Aas, togheter with a gallery for temporary exhibitions of other outstanding norwegian artists. Museum shop with sculptures, ceramics, glass and graphic works. DOCUMENT 2 - NILS AAS - TALES OF HANDICRAFT shows sculptures and scetches by Nils Aas refering to the tools used to produce handicraft, where the tools have become the theme for sculptural expression.
Hour: June, July, Aug 1000 - 1700 (1200 – 1600 Sat-Sun). Sept – May 1200 – 1600, closed Mondays.
Price: 50(a), 40,-(p), free(c)
Guide: N.GB,F,D. Group guiding 600/700 + 40,- p.p.
Situated: Straumen, 6 km west of E6 at Røra. Follow sign: "Den Gyldne Omvei".
Nils Aas Museum/ Nils Aas Kunstverksted
Nergata 12, Straumen, 7670 Inderøy
Mob.: (+47) 9086425.
Fax: (+47) 74155213
Gjørv Manor - culture, deer and high-quality food
The most beautiful farms in the area are on a hillside near Sandvollan overlooking the fjord in all directions. Gjørv is one of these and has been a manor since medieval times. The hosts, Inger Lise and Ola Andreas Gjørv will be delighted to show you around and tell you the exciting history of this site which has been inhabited for at least 3 000 years. The impressive buildings at Gjørv Manor from the 18th and 19th centuries surrounded by extensive gardens.
They are also proud to tell you about their large herd of deer. This has become a source of income from deer breeding and the traditional processing of the venison. This means that various types of cured, dried and salted venison, pate and well-seasoned smoked sausage are all available. Gjørv Manor is open by appointment for receptions, short seminars and exquisite meals prepared by a gourmet chef. Tel.: 74 15 61 21.
Snåsa - Hunting and fishing for your delight
In the inner reaches of Lake Snåsavatnet Snåsa is a part of Innherred that is world famous for its hunting and 2000 lakes. Every autumn, the mountains are invaded by eager hunters. Anglers have a longer season and the best fishing is in Lake Snåsavatnet with its rich stock of trout, char and burbot.
The Bergsåsen Nature Preserve is worth a visit to see the rare flora, and by the Swedish border near Lierne is the Gressåmoen National Park. Here the impressive scenery is accessible from the good network of mountain roads. M/S Bonden II has a regular route on Lake Snåsavatnet.
As Snåsa is a centre for the Sami people this is a place to see Lappish culture in the museum and cultural centre. Also there is a beautiful stone church where the oldest parts are from the 13th century. Viosen is a small village on Lake Snåsavatnet that has protected buildings from the era when boats were practically the only means of communication.
Finally, when you visit Snåsa, approach it from the north and you will be rewarded by an incredible view. The countryside opens up and there is the lake stretching away in front of you, almost like a mirror at your feet.
Tourist Information Offices
INNHERRED TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE
Located along highway E6 which runs through Steinkjer – right across from the Globus Shopping Centre.
Box 91, Namdalsveien 11, NO-7701 Steinkjer
Tel: +47 74 40 17 16
Faks: +47 74 40 17 10
Opening Hours: June 20th - August 15th: Monday - Friday: 09:00 – 20:00, Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00, Sunday: 12:00 - 19:00, Otherwise during the year: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 16:00
VERDAL TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE
Conveniently located in Verdal city centre. Sharing premises with the Verdal Cinema and the Municipal Services Office at Johns Bruns gate 2.
Tel: +47 74 04 82 00
Fax: +47 74 04 82 02
Opening Hours: Mai 1th - August 30th: 09.00 - 15.30
LEVANGER TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE
Conveniently located in Levanger city centre. Sharing premises with the Municipal Services Office in City Hall.
Tel: +47 740 52 500
Opening Hours: 0800 - 1530
INDERØY TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE
Located on Øvergata in Straumen. Sharing premises with the Ea Internettkafe.
Tel: +47 948 00 595
Opening Hours: June 20th - August 20th: 10.00 - 16.00 - every day.
Innherred Official Website: http://www.visitinnherred.com/
Innherred, with the municipalities Levanger, Verdal, Inderøy and Steinkjer, is situated 90 kilometres north of Trondheim in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
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