St. Olav Festival, Trondheim
Visit Trondheim in the summer to take part in Norway’s biggest cultural celebration, the St. Olav Festival. Held each year from 28th July to 4th August, Trondheim puts on a triumphant show to honour Norway’s patron saint, St Olav.
Olav Haraldsson died in 1030 in the battle of Stiklestad while attempting to unite and Christianise Norway. He was later beatified after miracles occurred surrounding his remains. In 1070, the Nidaros Cathedral was erected over St. Olav’s grave and became an important Christian pilgrimage sight and remains so today. The dramatic cathedral now stands at the centre of the St. Olav Festival celebrations.
Stay a short stroll from the festivities in a central hotel with comfortable, stylish rooms and a first-class restaurant
in Trondheim at the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel.
What’s on during the St. Olav Festival?
The Nidaros Cathedral and its surrounding area bustle with activity during the St. Olav Festival. The celebrations kick off with a traditional Olav vigil, where services and prayers are conducted from late evening until early morning before St. Olav’s Day on 29th
July. As well as religious proceedings, central Trondheim becomes abuzz with concerts, a re-enactment of the Stiklestad battle and other colourful plays, lectures, exhibitions and more.
A lively medieval marketplace pops up in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace for the duration of the festival. Wander through the stalls and pick up handmade goods, food and souvenirs while soaking up the jovial atmosphere, accompanied by music and entertainment.
Visit Trondheim during the St. Olav Festival
After the excitement and merriment of the St. Olav Festival, return to your room at the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel in Trondheim
and kick back in the Galleriet Bar. Feeling guilty about the day’s indulgences? Book a session at the fitness and relaxation centre, which includes the only hotel pool in Trondheim.