Located along the shore of Trondheim Fjord at the mouth of River Nidelva, the city is the third most populous municipality of Norway. A region famous for being the capital city of the country during the Viking period, it has great architectural beauty. Home to a number of Gothic style structures that are quite striking. The cathedrals, old town bridge, fortresses and museums, the place has a number of tourist spots in and around the area. Though gravely populated, it is a hospitable region with visitors present most of the time. Along with the old style and charm of the past, Trondheim also has modern locations appreciating the present trends in music. The Rockheim for example is a place for those enthusiastic and interested in rock and pop style of music. The number of museums and forts is high in this area, especially intriguing the history enthusiasts. The region has a history and culture as rich as its tourist spots. Among all these, the Northern lights stand out special and soothing. The Tyholttarnet is an exclusive place to visualize the northern lights in the city. The experience would surely be a once in a lifetime kind giving unforgettable memories.
As beautiful as the place, the history here speaks volumes. Founded in 997, it has been established as a trading post since then, particularly due to the harbour. During the Viking Age, the city had served as the capital of Norway until 1217. Since 1152, it has been the seat of the Lutheran Diocese of Nidaros and the Nidaros Cathedral. Present-day Trondheim dates back to 1964 when it emerged along with Byneset, Leistrand, Strida and Tiller. The rock carvings of the region speak of a much older history where people had been residing here for a long period of time. The second world war saw the occupancy of this place by Nazi Germany which lasted until the end of the war. The residents too were witnesses to the harsh treatment. A separate place for the stay of filtered people by the Nazis was to be constructed, the remains of which can still be seen in the city. The city has developed in leaps and bounds after these incidents and now is a host to numerous locations of ethereal and charming beauty.
Best time to visit Trondheim
With temperatures varying greatly in each season, trips must be planned much earlier to this place. The months between June to August have the perfect temperatures with the least possible precipitation. It is quite crowded during this period with the prices also being higher than usual. Late bookings and last-minute trips might prove to be costlier than expected during these months. The months from September to November witness a cold and snowy environment. Humidity and cold are at a good high because of which the visitors reduce significantly. Planning accordingly and appropriately will be very helpful in ensuring a memorable and budget-fitting tour.
Commanded by the Norweigan constitution as the official location for the crowning of the monarch, this cathedral was built by King Olav Kyrre. The place has witnessed numerous christenings and burials of the Kings here. The church was built on the tomb of St. Olav, a patron saint of Norway. The architecture has various influences on it with different parts having a different style. The primary influence of Romanesque architecture, Norman architecture and the long choir are visible. The cathedral had survived a number of fires and had been restored. The complete restoration was done in the early 1900s. The history, art and architecture of this place is charming and provides great knowledge of the region.
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Located on a hill to the east of the city, this fortress was built as a protective element. The path to reaching this place is quite a climb up, but the view from up is ethereal and heartwarming. A brief and beautiful view from here is paired with a small museum. The details here are a once in a lifetime experience. The fortress was also used by the Nazi Germany to capture the Norweigan resistance members during World war II. A memorial stands tall here in memory of those executed during the grim phase of the 20th century. It is a reminder of the ups and lows that the country and the city rose from victoriously.
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Built in 1778, this place is used as the residence of the Noweigan royal family during their stay in Trondheim. The beauty was built by a wealthy person by the name Christine Scholler and later converted to its present state. It is a 140-room mansion with a history of several hundred years. The yellow wooden mansion has been home to the royal family since the 1800s and is one among the largest wooden buildings in the region. Though it does not have the royals visit frequently, it is open to a guided tour. The architecture, art and royalty can be witnessed first hand in this tour. The significance of the structures is not only a visual delight but also a guide into the ancient art forms.
Bakklandet and Gamle Bybro ( Old town bridge)
Across the Gamle Bybro or the Old town bridge on the Nidelva river, an atmospheric and old village lies. The region of Bakklandet might appear to be a small place but it is one of the historic places here. With wooden houses along the banks of the river, it is a delving experience into the ancient homes and their constructions. Most of these houses are now turned into shops or galleries. Along the bank of the river, the houses lined can be clearly seen. Enjoy the scenic beauty of this place that seems to be coming directly from a painting with the view of the bridge here.
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As an interactive museum, this place offers a trip into the history and evolution of music along the memory lane. The place a great collection of videos, exhibits and recordings to honour the Norweigan culture and musical history. A unique place, it also gives an opportunity to the visitors to showcase their own talents. This usually happens through the interactive jamming sessions, graffiti place, musical remix and dancing. It offers all possibilities to unleash your inner spirits. The oft mentioned part of this museum is The Time Tunnel. It offers a journey of music from the 1950s to present day using a blend of music and musical videos. Rock and pop music enthusiasts would find this place a heaven.
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A radio tower, this place offers exquisite views of the city. From the top of this avenue, a bird’s eye view of the city can be experienced, covering the minutest of all too. On the 80th floor of this beautiful place is a revolving restaurant. With the name Egon, it offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the place. It takes around one hour to get the complete rotational view. Apart from these, the place is also special because of the northern lights. If present at the right time, a beautiful view of the dancing northern lights can be seen clearly from here.
An island near the beauty of Trondheim, this place is known for the castle located in this area. The region is occupied more than half by the castle and offers exquisite views of the castle. A bridge connects the mainland to this location. The views around the place are quite breathtaking. Presently managed by the Preservation of Norweigan Ancient Monuments, this was built by Archbishop Olav of Nidaros. A midnight opera is conducted here annually in honour of the archbishop, detailing his life and struggles. The journey here is a revisit to the past times and also an enjoyable experience.
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Located in the southwestern region of the peninsula, the place has numerous attractions. The Ramsar convention Bird protection area, the coastal areas and the Manor of Austratt are a sight to behold. The single Sessile oak is another major location along with the gun turret from World war II. Travelling to this place is an enriching experience to know about the place and its history. Enjoy a day along the peninsular region, exploring its beholding beauties and their history.
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A UNESCO world heritage site, this place gives a venture into the old times of Norway. A location much below the others, it has numerous old lumber houses, with a history of their own. It has some of the oldest wooden houses and has historical significance all throughout in the streets as well as regions like the Olav mine. The Roros Church, also known locally as the pride of mining town has an architecture dating back in time. These ensure a beautiful walk into the history and its significance of Roros.
Located closer to Trondheim, the place has numerous attractions to choose from. Griputa, Sundbaten, Kvalvik Fort, the old ship building museum, etc. are top location in this place. Venturing into this beautiful place is a treat to the eyes and the heart with each offering a newer perspective to understand and explore. Roam around and try out some of the activities in this to get a refreshing view of the region.
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Covered in beautiful mountains and impressive views, the place is also a municipality. Travelling around the place is easy and the exquisite views are an added advantage. Soaking in the beauty of this place while knowing about its history is an enthralling experience. Norway’s highest waterfall and sixth in the world, the Vinnufossen falls are a sight to behold. The uniqueness lies in its freezing and absence during the months of winter. It reappears during the summer. The local festivals too are extensive and must be visited if in the right months.