Welcome to Trondheim

Trondheim is a city in central Norway located on the Trondheim Fjord with breathtaking views. It is the third-largest city in Norway, with a population of around 205,000. Trondheim is known for its rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and beautiful natural surroundings. 

We highly recommend taking a boat tour to see the city from a different perspective. From a unique angle, you’ll see some of the city’s most famous landmarks, like the Nidaros Cathedral and the Old Town Bridge.

The Nidaros Cathedral, it’s a must-see in Trondheim. This Gothic masterpiece is one of the most impressive churches in Northern Europe, steeped in history. The cathedral has been a pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages, and it’s the final resting place of Saint Olav, the patron saint of Norway. Even if you’re not religious, the architecture and artwork inside the cathedral are simply awe-inspiring. The city is also home to the Archbishop’s Palace, the Trondheim Maritime Museum, and the Rockheim Museum, which showcases the history of Norwegian popular music.

Archbishop’s Palace Museum is located in one of the oldest buildings in Trondheim, and it’s home to a collection of artefacts and exhibits that showcase the city’s rich cultural heritage. You’ll get to see everything from medieval weapons to traditional Norwegian costumes.

Trondheim is also a hub for technology and innovation, with several research institutions, startups, tech companies and universities in the city. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is one of Norway’s largest and most prestigious universities, with a strong focus on science, technology, and engineering.

The city is well-connected to other parts of Norway and Scandinavia, with an international airport, train and bus stations, and a port for cruise ships. Trondheim is a popular destination for tourists, students, and business travellers, offering various activities and experiences throughout the year.

Lastly, Trondheim is a great city for outdoor activities. If you’re visiting in the summer, I recommend hiking in Bymarka, a large forest just a short bus ride from the city centre. The trails are well-marked, and you’ll get incredible views of the surrounding mountains and fjords. You can go skiing or snowboarding in the winter at nearby ski resorts.

How To Get There

There are several ways to get to Trondheim, Norway, depending on where you are coming from and your preferred mode of transportation. 

Air: Trondheim Airport Værnes is located about 30 km east of the city centre and is served by several airlines, including SAS, Norwegian, and Widerøe. There are direct flights to Trondheim from several European cities, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, and Berlin.

Train: The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) operates trains from Oslo to Trondheim several times daily. The journey takes about 7 hours and offers some stunning views of the Norwegian countryside along the way.

Bus: Several bus companies operate routes to Trondheim from cities throughout Norway, including Oslo, Bergen, and Ålesund. The journey time and cost will depend on your starting point.

Car: Trondheim is well connected by road to other cities in Norway, including Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø. If travelling outside Norway, you can take a ferry from Denmark to Kristiansand and then drive north to Trondheim.

Once you arrive in Trondheim, you can quickly get around the city by bus, tram, or bike. The city centre is relatively compact, and many attractions are within walking distance of each other.

Where To Stay

Trondheim has a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. Here are some areas and hotels to consider:

City Center: The city centre is a convenient and popular area in Trondheim, with many attractions, restaurants, and shops within walking distance. Some hotels in this area include Scandic Nidelven, Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim, and Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel.

Bakklandet: Bakklandet is a charming and historic neighbourhood across the Old Town Bridge from the city centre. It’s known for its colourful wooden houses and cobblestone streets. Some hotels in this area include Scandic Bakklandet, Best Western Plus Hotel Bakeriet, and Thon Hotel Nidaros.

Solsiden: Solsiden is a trendy waterfront neighbourhood with a mix of restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s a bit further from the city centre but within walking distance. Some hotels in this area include Clarion Hotel Trondheim and Comfort Hotel Trondheim.

By the Trondheim Fjord: If you’re looking for a more peaceful and scenic location, consider staying outside the city centre by the Trondheim Fjord. Some hotels in this area include Quality Hotel Panorama, Scandic Lerkendal, and Radisson Blu Hotel, Trondheim Airport.

Keep in mind that Trondheim can be an expensive city, especially during peak travel seasons. It’s a good idea to book your accommodation well in advance and compare prices across different booking sites to find the best deal.

Where To Eat

Of course, a trip to Trondheim would only be complete with trying some local cuisine. The city is known for its seafood; with many restaurants serving delicious fresh fish dishes. The city centre has various dining options, from casual dining to upscale restaurants. Some popular options include Fagn, To Rom og Kjøkken, and Lille Skansen. One of my favourites is Fagn, a restaurant known for its innovative Nordic cuisine. If you’re looking for something more casual, check out Mathallen, a food hall home to various vendors selling everything from coffee to pizza. 

Bakklandet: Bakklandet is a charming neighbourhood with several restaurants and cafes, including Baklandet Skydsstation, Folk & Fe, and Café To Tårn.

Solsiden: Solsiden is a popular waterfront neighbourhood with many restaurants and bars, including Credo, Graffi Grill Solsiden, and Egon.

Local specialities: Trondheim is known for unique regional specialities, including traditional Norwegian dishes like fårikål (lamb and cabbage stew) and lutefisk (dried cod soaked in lye). For a taste of these dishes and other Norwegian cuisines, try places like Røst Teaterbistro, Baklandet Skydsstation, and Sponhuset.

Food markets: For a more casual dining experience, consider visiting one of Trondheim’s food markets. The Trondheim Mathall is a popular indoor market with over 20 vendors offering everything from seafood to cheese to craft beer. The outdoor Fisketorget (Fish Market) is also worth a visit for its fresh seafood and lively atmosphere.

Remember that dining out in Norway can be expensive, so be prepared to spend more for a meal than you might in other countries. However, many restaurants offer lunch specials or set menus that can be more affordable than dinner.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we loved our time in Trondheim. It’s a city with surprises and many new things to discover. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or nature, Trondheim has it all. I highly recommend adding this city to your travel bucket list!

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