Norway’s most treasured city
A city founded over 1,000 years ago is certain to be rich in history and culture. Now the country’s third largest municipality, it’s been Norway’s capital city, a site of countless coronations, and an important pilgrimage for worshipers of the Christian faith. Today, Trondheim is a vibrant, youthful city that embraces the simplicity of Scandinavian life. But don’t let this laid back lifestyle fool you— there is so much to discover beneath Trondheim’s calm exterior.
Trondheim’s intimate city center is ideal for strolling or cycling. Wide boulevards are alive with activity but never feel overcrowded. Make your way to the historic Bakklandet neighborhood to see 17th century working-class homes that have been restored and transformed into trendy shops, cool cafés, and bars and restaurants specializing in local cuisine. Nidaros Cathedral is the world’s northernmost Gothic church, and was built over the tomb of St. Olav, credited with bringing Christianity to Norway. Climb to the top of the cathedral’s tower for incredible views of the city and the Nidelva river.
Get a helping of music history at the Ringve Music Museum. It’s home to over 2,000 instruments from around the world and is set in a stunning manor home that will transport you through time. Listen as talented museum guides play centuries-old instruments, then tour the surrounding Ringve Botanical Gardens overlooking Trondheim fjord.
A city steeped in history and deeply connected to nature. Enjoy warm and friendly small-town ambiance with all the amenities of a large city on your visit to Trondheim.
This historic island has served as a place of execution, a monastery, a fortress, prison, and a World War II anti-aircraft gun station. Take a boat across Trondheim Harbor to delve into the island’s past, enjoy a refreshment at the open-air café, or take in views of the city from the peaceful beach.
Bymarka Nature Reserve
Bymarka Nature Reserve
Just outside downtown Trondheim lies a sweeping city forest with over 200 kilometers of winding trails. From leisurely gravel paths along lakes to more challenging trails leading up to Skistua lodge, it’s a popular getaway for locals and visitors seeking a reprieve from city life.
Explore Norway’s national museum of pop and rock music. It’s a unique interactive experience charting popular music from the 1950’s to today. Stop by in the evening to see the captivating light display on the iconic “Top Box” wing of the museum.
Trondheim, Norway At a glance