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Verdal is rated as a small town by Norwegian standards, the area is in fact rural with huge areas well suited for hunting, fishing and outdoor life. The main river (Verdalselva) running through the municipality is well known as one of the best rivers in Norway for fishing salmon, and each fall the elk hunting in the area is one of the favourite activities for many of the locals.


The battle of Stiklestad is one of the most famous and important in Norwegian history. Stiklestad is located about 4 km east of Verdalsøra and has become a national centre for culture with a museum, historical exhibitions and outdoor stage.

The battle and the saint king made it possible for Stiklestad to act as a symbol of both Christianity and the kingdom. "Olav den Hellige" met the Trønder army at Stiklestad in the year 1030 when trying to christen the people of Norway.