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Trondheim

Trondheim is the third largest city in central Norway and one of its oldest at over 1,000 years old. Its rich heritage is apparent in its architecture, which is a mix of modern buildings and old-fashioned wooden houses. As you wander its wide boulevards and narrow alleyways, its old heritage can still be traced in and around the city centre. Trondheim lies on the south shore of the Trondheimsfjord at the mouth of the sparkling clean river Nidelva.

The city boasts a rich, cultural heritage, but is still a major centre. Even if the size is modest, there’s a lot going on in Trondheim. Music, arts, culture, alternative politics, nightlife, student life… all combine into making Trondheim one of the most exciting city centres of Northern Europe.

The city is dominated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology; its more than 25,000 students are a lot in a city with merely 160,000 inhabitants in total, and this contributes greatly to the city’s economy.

Norway’s capital of technology, the university town of Trondheim is a tech junkie’s paradise and a history nerd’s dream. The 11th-century Nidaros Cathedral is the national sanctuary of Norway, and the Royal Residence is the largest wooden palace in Scandinavia. Fast-forward several centuries, and SINTEF science research centre is doing some of the world’s most important work in environmentally-friendly technologies. Nearby skiing is world-class, with World Cup winter sports competitions held regularly at Granåsen.

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Marvel at Nidaros Cathedral, the second largest church of Northern Europe and the world’s most northernmost cathedral, towering over the city centre. Construction began in 1070 over the shrine of Saint Olav. Nidaros was an important Christian pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. Norway’s coronation regalia are displayed in the Archbishop’s Palace.

Previously a place for executions, later a monastery and now a popular picnic area, swimming beach and restaurant, Munkholmen is accessible by a ferry from Ravnkloa from the end of May to the beginning of September.

Visit Vitensenteret, a popular science centre with more than 150 interactive exhibits. Fun for the whole family.

Explore Kristiansten Fortress, built after the great town fire of 1681, standing guard over the town. It protected the town from the threat of Swedish invasion in 1718. German occupiers used the fort from 1940-1945.

Wander around Bakklandet, Trondheim’s old quarter, lying on the eastern side of the Nidelva. It is most easily reached by crossing Gamle Bybru (old city bridge) from the town centre. The old wooden buildings, originally workers houses, have now been restored and converted to flats, shops and restaurants.

Spend some time at Sverresborg , Trøndelag Folk Museum. It is a large open air museum of wooden buildings and artefacts from Trondheim and Trøndelag. It is beautifully located around the ruins of King Sverre’s medieval castle. It also includes indoor exhibitions, a museum shop and cafe. Sverresborg also houses the Norwegian Telegraph and telephone museum, the Trondheim Maritime Museum, and the Norwegian Museum of Deaf History and Culture.

Music lovers should check out Ringve Museum. Set in a beautiful location at the centre of the Ringve Botanical Gardens, this is a national museum dedicated to music and musical instruments, with a collection from all over the world.

Take a dip in Pirbadet, Norway’s largest indoor swimming baths. The baths includes a wave pool, Jacuzzi, children’s pool, a whirl-pool, slides, sauna, climbing wall, diving boards, quiet pool and a 50 metre pool.

Pass through the decades from the 1950’s to the present, hear the music and feel the atmosphere through sound, images, films and exhibits at Rockheim, the national centre for pop and rock music.

Go skiing at Vassfjellet, located in Klæbu, a 30 minute bus ride from downtown Trondheim. There are five lifts and eleven slopes. The slopes have different levels of difficulty and steepness. Cross-country skiing is popular, with hundreds of tracks in Bymarka and Estenstadmarka.

Image courtesy of Sónia Arrepia Photography – Visitnorway.com