Trondheim was the nation’s first capital and continues to be the historical capital of Norway. The city is surrounded by lovely, forested hills, and the Nidelven river winds through the city. It has been, and still is, a popular pilgrimage site, due to the famous Nidaros Cathedral – the benediction church of the Norwegian Kings. Trondheim is the 3rd largest city in Norway – vivid and lively, with everything a big city can offer, but still with the friendliness of a small town. Located in the very heart of Norway, it is the access point to visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Røros or get close to the musk ox in its only wild habitat in Europe. While medieval times still leave their mark on the city centre, innovation and modernity shape it. Discover a variety of museums, historical sights, activities accompanied by hospitable locals and get proof to having visited Norway’s food capital accredited with the title of European Region of Gastronomy in 2022.
What to see & do in Trondheim
Visit the breathtaking Nidaros Cathedral along with the Crown Jewels and the royal residence Stiftsgården to get an entire royal package. The only bicycle lift in the world leads up the steep hill from the historical Bakklandet to the Kristiansten fortress towering over the city. Cycling or walking through town offers views from Modern Art to narrow alleys from the Middel Ages. A ride with the northernmost tram in the world takes you to the nature reserve of Bymarka to enjoy the calm (30 min each way). By 2023, the reconstructed ski jumping arena at Granåsen will be a highlight for fans of winter sports. Musical history is brought to life at the national museums of music – Ringve and Rockheim. The Armoury Museum offers a deeper insight into Trondheim’s position throughout the Second World War. Besides over 250 shopping possibilities in the centre, the many local restaurants, cafés, bars and breweries are the reason why Trondheim was awarded the title of European Region of Gastronomy in 2022.
Who is this destination suitable for?
Easily accessible with a flat city centre, Trondheim is perfect for the culture loving, history-interested guests. Arts, royalty, music, history, science, folklore and maritime interests are all covered with specialised museums. Guests wanting to travel deeper and discover more of the region of Trøndelag can spend a full day and take the first electrical railway in Norway at Orkanger, visit the UNESCO World Heritage mining town of Røros, sail to the bird watcher’s paradise of Tautra island, or learn more about the coastal heritage of the local fisherman at Fosen. The locals are known for their hospitality and warmly welcome everyone who wishes to spend time here. Everyone who likes to taste local produce and support local production will have the agony of choice in Trondheim – the Home of Nordic Flavours. Trondheim aims to offer high-quality, sustainable experiences to all visitors and is best equipped to do that with up to two cruise ships per day.