Skatval - History


The southwestern coast of the peninsula was called Aglo during the Viking Age. In autumn 962, Sigurd Håkonsson Ladejarl (the ruling Earl of Trøndelag and surrounding areas) and his party were burned to death by the Erikssønene (sons of Eric Bloodaxe), among them Harald Greyhide, while staying the night at a party at Oglo (Aglo), according to the Heimskringla by Snorri Sturlasson.

The remains of Steinvikholm Castle, built during the 1530s by Norway's last Catholic archbishop, Olav Engelbrektsson, are under restoration. The fortress, innovative in design, played a major part as the last stronghold for Norwegian independence during the Reformation in the Danish-Norwegian union. The islet situated at the northern coast of Skatval is also the place for the yearly outdoor midnight opera "Olav Engelbrektsson".

The old Fløan Church was located in Fløan, on the northern coast of the Skatval peninsula. It was the main church for Skatval. It was taken down in 1851, and a new Skatval Church was built in 1901 in the village of Skatval. Materials from the old church are now in a museum in Trondheim.

On 1 January 1902, the Skatvold peninsula was established as the municipality of Skatval when the old municipality of Nedre Stjørdal was divided into three parts: Skatval, Stjørdal, and Lånke. Initially, Skatval had a population of 2,125. On 1 January 1962, Skatval was merged with Lånke, Stjørdal, and Hegra to form a new, larger municipality of Stjørdal. Prior to the merger, Skatval had 1,944 residents.

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