Today, July 29th is St.Olav´s Day, or olsok as we say here in Norway. Nidaros cathedral was built on St.Olav´s grave, and the St.Olav Festival is celebrated each year in honor of the saint why was killed in the battle north of Trondheim almost 1000 years ago.
Olsok is celebrated here in Trondheim, but also in the rest of Norway, in Sweden and Denmark and even beyond. On our drive up along the western coast we met the St.Olav tradition several places. First in the old stone church at Avaldsnes, which I have already posted about, then in the wooden church in Balestrand, near Kvikne´s hotel.
I know this St.Olav´s church has its special tale, but as I read only a few lines on a sign outside the church, I need to search more for the real story.
After Kvikne´s and Balestrand we though we were done with the celebrations until we arrived home for the festival, but to our surprise we passed a St.Olav market on our way up to Sognefjellet.
It was just time for coffee, it always is just time for coffee, so we stopped, had coffee and svele, and I bought a real treasure,
an old wooden "something", I have no idea what to call it, but the "something" knew perfectly well how to call me :-)
We are about to go downtown for the St.Olav´s festival now, and tonight we have tickets for Bach´s H-Moll Messe in the cathedral, with René Jacobs, Norsk Barokkorkester, soloists and Purchell Choir.