The pilgrimage path goes through our region.
The pilgrimage path is recommended for both pilgrims and others who wish to go for a walk and experience the nature and history of Moss
New and improved pilgrimage route in Moss
In connection with our project «The middle age in Østfold county –churches and pilgrimage» the path in Moss has been changed. The project lead by Østfold county council has gone through the lane again, marked it and put up sign for you to follow. Rygge and Råde will continue with this project which are estimated to be finished during 2015.
The path by Værne Monostary
The path outside Værne Monastery leads two ways. To the North, it leads to Nidaros in Trondheim, and in the South, it leads to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. By Værne Monastery, there is a small, weird church ruin, that people hardly have heard of. Still, it takes us right into European history.
Værne Monastery is on private grounds and the ruins are not a public attraction. At the Monostary the monk ran a hospital. People would come here with indulgences, prayers and gifts in the middle ages. The monks protected the pilgrims. The little pile of rocks is an important place on the way to Trondheim and to Santiago in Spain.
The Pilgrim route in Norway
On the Pilgrims map over Europe, the Pilgrim paths are marked, they lead to Santiago de Compostela or to Rome. In Norway, the Pilgrims started to go to Nidaros in Trondheim after St. Olaf was buried there in 1030. The path is marked from Oslo to Trondheim, and from Halden to Moss. From Moss to Oslo there are still lacking some directions. Østfold county has the best marking.
The Pilgrim paths do not necessarily follow the main roads. It can be on forest trails, along side fields, but more or less, it follows existing roads.
It is not about how far or where you go, just walk with your heart.