Trondheim Tourist Information and Tourism

(Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway)

Cityscape pictureThe lively and buzzing university city of Trondheim is Norway's third-biggest city, after only Oslo and also Bergen, and was actually once the medieval Norwegian capital. Founded more than 1,000 years ago by King Olva Tryggvason, who came to this particular spot because of its useful strategic position and convenient natural harbour, the Trondheim of today is well known for its rich medieval history, historical wooden architecture and truly world-class salmon fishing.

Offering some exceptional recreational activities, tourists flock to Trondheim to enjoy hiking around the Bymarka area, skiing on the Vassfjellet mountains and fishing on the Gaula river. Although the summer weather in Trondheim is rarely scorching, there are many sandy beaches close by which soon fill up on the sunniest of days, particularly around the Lade area and the Sjobadet.

As you traverse the compact centre of Trondheim, bear in mind that many of the road signs end in 'gate', which simply means 'street'. A free tourism guide is available at the Trondheim Aktivum tourist information office on the Torget and features a useful map.

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Trondheim Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Trondheim may be a large city, but tourists will soon discover that is contains a series of important wetland habitats, where you may even be able to spot some wild beavers and otters around the River Nidelva. The manmade sights around central Trondheim are especially impressive and include the wooden palace of Stiftsgarden, the 17th-century Kristiansten Fortress, and the glorious Nidaros Domkirke, which stands next to the Archbishop's Palace. A day trip to Monks' Island (Munkholmen) also comes highly recommended and is a great place for a picnic, being connected by boats from the Ravnkloa quay. More information about Trondheim Tourist Attractions and Landmarks.

Image showing the Market SquareCulture abounds in Trondheim and many good museums present themselves, offering information about folklore, music, natural history and science. Art galleries are also well represented in the city and both the Museum of Contemporary Art (Kunstforening) and the Trondheim Art Museum (Kunstmuseum) have much to offer, the latter of which contains an impressive collection of Norwegian art works and paintings from all over Scandinavia. Something a little less highbrow is the city's Science Centre, where interactive displays allow visitors to take part in their very own experiments. More information about Trondheim Museums and Art Galleries.

View of the Nidaros CathedralRegular boat trips run from Trondheim to many coastal towns and cities, such as Froya and Hitra. Also close by, the Skarvan og Roltdalen National Park is a vast nature reserve with some enormous mountains, scenic hiking trails and even a number of mountain cabins. Many day trippers from Trondheim also choose to visit the historic site of the Battle of Stiklestad, the fishing lakes and beaches of Skaun, and also the small village of Hell, often so that they can tell people they 'went to Hell' and how enjoyable it was. More information about Trondheim Attractions Nearby.

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