The Saint Olav Festival

Hildegunn Eggen som Grima i Spelet om Heilag Olav 2013

«Olsokdagene» – The Saint Olav Festival at Stiklestad is a festival built around the Saint Olav Drama «Spelet om Heilag Olav». For a week in July, Stiklestad is buzzing with lectures, exhibitions, concerts, a historical market and much more! The festival is one of the biggest cultural events in Norway with more than 40 000 visitors.


This is the mother of all plays in Norway. The Saint Olav Drama is performed every year at the end of July at Scandinavia’s largest open-air stage. The Saint Olav Drama is a dramatisation of the events that occurred just prior to the Battle of Stiklestad. Despite the age of the drama (it has been performed for more than fifty years now) it still captivates its audience. The drama is re-interpreted by a different playwright every year to reinvigorate the play and attract more visitors. The drama was written by Olav Gullvåg; Paul Okkenhaug composed the music.


The medieval market is an experience for all generations. The areas around the Long House and Stiklastadir Farm are magically converted into a large medieval Viking village with Merchants from home and abroad. The village presents -demonstrations, arts/crafts products and real Viking food. Put on a Viking costume and test your swordfighting or bow-and-arrow skills, or try your hand at axe throwing! It also includes theatre, storytellings, archery and other activities for children. You can see different handicrafts, the «nålebinding» stiching technique from Viking times, sewing of shoes and skin rugs, forging metal and woodcarving.

23. – 29.July

The Saint Olav Drama:
July 25th, 19:00
July 27th, 19.00
July 28th, 19:00
July 29th, 19.00

Order tickets here