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Do you fancy citytrips over roadtrips? Then you should really pay Norway a visit as well! Because halfway across the country lies Trondheim, the capital of the province Sør-Trøndelag with 182.000 inhabitants the third biggest city of Norway.
You can find the city of Trondheim along the Trondheimfjord with an easy accessible harbor. Around the year 1000 Trondheim was still the capital of Norway because the throne of the king was found there, but this has changed in 1217.
We had one entire (and beautiful summer) day to spend in Trondheim and we tried our best to do as much as possible. That’s why I listed 9 reasons for citytrip lovers to pay the city of Trondheim a (quick) visit.
How do I get to Trondheim?
Navigating to Trondheim is easy peasy. Your final destination depends on the hotel of your pick ofcourse, but Nordregate is pretty central and it’s fairly easy to park your car there. The address you can navigate to: Nordregate, Trondheim 7010. From Kristiansund on you can take the road n°70 and turn over to the E39 to Trondheim after.
Why should I go visit Trondheim?
1. Versatile and special architecture
In the centre of Trondheim you can find very versatile and special architecture. Because the city has been burned down multiple times troughout the centuries, you can see a whole lot of different styles in buildings. In 1651 almost 90% of the city burned down and after another fire in 1681 the entire city has practically been rebuild.
After the fire in 1681 the Munkegaten has been build. A wide street without any attention being paid to property. This way the street functioned as a back-up in case of another fire.
Today you can find quite a cool mixture of typical Norwegian wooden buildings, art nouveau styled eyecatchers and super straight and modern museums around the city. With ofcourse the famous wooden warehouses along the river Nidelva to top everything off. A true feast for the eye and a must see!
2. Music makes Trondheim go ’round
Apart from the beautiful architecture, Trondheim is mostly known for her music. If you love music (and who doesn’t), you should really walk around town to soak up all the musical history. The best known punkscene UFFA finds her origin in Trondheim, a LOT of metal bands have been founded in Norway (and elsewhere in Scandinavia) and especially rock and classical music are BIG in Trondheim. Everything in this city breaths music. You can find the StarGate Studio’s, a well known conservatory and a municipal music school led by the Trondheim Symphony Orcestra here. Also Georg Kajanus, the man behind the 70’s band Sailor (known from Girls, Girls, Girls) was born in Trondheim!
3. There’s a museum for everyone!
There are so many museums around Trondheim, there must me something around for your liking. We chose to spend the famous Rockheim a visit. The area was under construction while we were there, but the building still looked amazing!
Rockheim is an interactive museum that takes you on a time travel through the history of Norwegian music from the sixties until now.
Parts of the museum consist of large video walls that change when you touch a trigger. For example: you can press a button on the television in the living room that makes the wallpaper change into one big videoclip! You can also find magazines lying around of the corresponding period that you are currently walking around in that really make you feel like you travelled back in time.
You can control most rooms yourself! One time by pushing a trigger on a television, another time by pointing your laser pen at a screen. I might be 24 years old, but I had so. much. fun! Rockheim rocks! It’s a very cool place to visit for ALL ages.
4. The weather
The weather in Trondheim can be very pleasant on a summer day. For Norwegian concepts, that is. It is well known that you shouldn’t go to Norway if you want to get a good tan.. Trondheim lies at a very favorable location in the county and has a maritime climate. Because of the sheltered location of the city, Trondheim is protected from rough and cold winds. In summer time the sun comes up at 3 o’clock and goes down at 23:30. That makes the days last super long! Between the 20th of May and 20th of July the sun doesn’t go down at all. You really want to experience that sometime! In winter time the sun comes up at 10:00 and goes down at 14:30 after a period of dusk. Either way very unique weather to experience!
5. Possibilities to shop EVERYWHERE
A good citytrip contains some serious shopping, right? Indeed. And you can find lots of shops around Trondheim. At the Kongens gate lies the shopping centre Trondheim Torg. Here you can find 73 shops and a lot of bars and lunchrooms to hang out.
Important to know: On Sundays almost every shop in Norway is closed.
If you’re not a big fan of mass shopping and prefer the little authentic shops, there are plenty shops for your liking around as well. You can find dozens of cute vintage stores around as well. Don’t forget to bring a fat wallet though! Because everything you heard about ‘expensive Norway’ is true.. Especially in the small, local stores.
6. Historical culture
The most well known and probably most impressive building of Trondheim is the Nidaros-cathedral (Nidarosdomen in Norwegian). A gigantic cathedral that has been build in 1070 that lies in the middle of the old-historic centre of he city. This gothic monument has been an important part of a pelgrim route through Northern Europe in the Middle Ages.
The Viking King Olav Tryggvason decided to name the city Kaupangen (marketplace) in 997 a.c. Shortly after that the city got the name Nidaros (Niðaróss), which means ‘river mouth of the Nid river’. In this period the cathedral got her name as well and that has never changed. Because in the late Middle Ages the city received the name Trondhjem, as well as -heimr or -heim, both meaning ‘home’.
Between 1930 and 1931 the Norwegian parlement changed ‘Trondhjem’ back to ‘Nidaros’ for a short while, even though the Norwegian people (17.163 against 1.508) voted against. Because of this there have been some riots which made the parlement compromise to give a city an entire new name: Trondheim.
7. Art with a capital A
Art in Trondheim is art with a capital A. Around the corner of the Nidaros-cathedral you can find the Trondheim Kunstmuseum. This museum owns the third largest public art collection of Norway. Apart from that the museum hosts differents exhibitions that change throughout the year which you can both visit with one ticket. Visit the website to find out if there’s an exhibition of your liking taking place right now!
8. Intense cinema experience
In Trondheim they take going to the movies very seriously. The ‘kino’ at the Prinsens gate makes sure that her visitors are really having a good time. All staff is smiling and very helpful, the candy shop is so big it looks like a theme park on it’s own and then the seats.. My gosh! I am a tall person and I had so much leg space that I felt like I was flying first class. When I decided to lean back and enjoy the movie, the entire seat moved into lounge position to make sure I was super duper comfortable. Ever since this experience we made going to the cinema on the last day of our holiday in Norway a tradition. Thanks you Trondheim Kino!
9. Easily accessible
Trondheim is one of the easier accessible places of Norway. The city features one of the biggest airports of the country: Trondheim Airport. Apart from that there’s a harbor where famous cruise ships like the Hurtigruten arrive which also provides a fast boat connection to Kristiansund. Finally Trondheim lies along one of the most important roads of Norway; the E6.
Therefore, navigating to Trondheim is easy peasy. Maybe just as easy peasy as having an amazing day in one of the most versatile cities of Scandinavia.