Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim is the third largest - and second oldest - city in Norway. The town was originally called Kaupangen upon its founding in 997 A.D. by Viking king Olav Tryggvason. The city commands the trade routes linking Southern Norway with the fjord lands to the north. Trondheim quickly became a major commercial and cultural center - the city served as Norway's royal capital.

Trondheim's old city features broad avenues and attractive 17th-century wood buildings - a legacy of the rebuilding that followed a disastrous fire that leveled the city in 1681.

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Points of Interest

  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Archbishop's Palace
  • Ringve Museum
  • Trøndelag Museum
  • Granåsen Ski jump
  • Trolley Ride
  • Løkken Mines
  • Stiftsgarden

More about Trondheim, Norway Points of Interest

  • Nidaros Cathedral

    This 10th century Gothic cathedral is the largest in Scandinavia, and built on the grave of St. Olav, who brought Christianity to Norway. Pilgrims would come here to drink from the cathedral's well.

  • Archbishop's Palace

    The charming Archbishop's Palace adjoins Nidaros Cathedral, and is the oldest secular building in Norway. From 1566 it was the residence of Danish governor but was later reclaimed by the military.

  • Ringve Museum

    Ringve Museum sits on a hill overlooking the beautiful Trondheim fjord. The museum is located in a former stable building and old manor house, and houses a collection of 2,000 musical instruments.

  • Trøndelag Museum

    This colorful folk museum showcases 17th to 19th century life in Norway. Set amongst the stunning countryside, it displays ancient cooking and farming implements that have been gathered from nearby towns. The museum has more than 60 buildings from Trondheim and the Trøndelag region.

  • Granåsen Ski jump

    Opened in 1991, the wonderful Granåsen ski-jump is used all year round, even when there is no snow, because the jumps are fully equipped with porcelain tracks and artificial grass.

  • Trolley Ride

    This streetcar was out for action for two years in the late Eighties, but the community demand it be brought back into service. It climbs Byåsen Hill, affording splendid views of the River Nidelva.

  • Løkken Mines

    Don a hard hat and walk for half a mile through the atmospheric Løkken copper mines, which were in operation from 1654 to 1987, by navigating steep gravel paths, steps and wooden walkways.

  • Stiftsgarden

    The delightful Stiftsgarden is one of the largest wooden buildings in Scandinavia, and now known as the Royal Residence. Work was completed in 1778, and it boasts elegant dining rooms.

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Bymarka Hike

3 hours | Trondheim | T R D - 4 0 0

Witness Mother Nature's beauty on a hike to the summit of Gråkallen Hill, 1,700 feet above sea level. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view toward the fjords; on a clear day you can see in the distance the mountain chain, which forms the border between Sweden and Norway.

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Trondheim By Bike

3 hours | Trondheim | T R D - 4 4 0
  • Nidaros Cathedral

Show off your pedal powers with a bike ride through the streets of Trondheim. Pedal past palaces, fortresses, cathedrals, and along the pretty Nidelva River. Cross the bike bridge for superb views of Munkholmen, Trondheim's fortress island and hop on the Trampe, the world's first bicycle lift.

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Open-Air Folk Museum & Nidaros Cathedral

3 hours | Trondheim | T R D - 2 0 0
  • Stiftsgarden
  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Trøndelag Museum

Discover how the Norwegians lived in the 16th century at the fascinating open-air Folk Museum. Then tour Trondheim's most loved landmarks, including Nidaros Cathedral, which is considered the finest Gothic-style cathedral in Scandinavia, and is built over the grave of St. Olav, Norway's patron saint.

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Trolley & Granåsen Ski-Jumping Arena

2.5 hours | Trondheim | T R D - 2 1 0
  • Granåsen Ski jump
  • Trolley Ride

Enjoy a ride on the delightful Gråkall Line Trolley, which has been a familiar part of everyday life in Trondheim for over eight decades, before watching the daring ski jumpers at the spectacular Granåsen Arena.

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Bakklandet Walking Tour & City Drive

3 hours | Trondheim | T R D - 3 8 0
  • Nidaros Cathedral

Discover the delightful city of Trondheim on this scenic guided walk around Norway's historic Viking capital. Explore the Kristiansten Fortress, the 12th century Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral, and the old Bakklandet district, where you will view the world's only bicycle lift.

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Nidaros Cathedral & Archbishop's Palace

3.5 hours | Trondheim | T R D - 2 5 0
  • Stiftsgarden
  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Archbishop's Palace

Explore Trondheim's rich history on a visit to Nidaros Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace. Begun in 1152, Nidaros Cathedral houses the remains of St. Olav, Norway's patron saint. The Archbishop's Palace is the second oldest secular building in all Scandinavia.

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Ringve Museum, Exclusive Music Recital & City Drive

3 hours | Trondheim | T R D - 2 0 5
  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Ringve Museum

Experience the wonder of Trondheim on this breath-taking excursion that includes a visit to the Ringve Museum of Musical Instruments, where you will enjoy a delightful musical recital. Then tour Trondheim on a narrated drive that includes a photo stop at the spectacular Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral.

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Best of Trondheim

7 hours | Trondheim | T R D - 1 2 0
  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Løkken Mines

Discover beautiful Trondheim, and the impressive Nidaros Cathedral on a relaxing narrated drive around town. Then board a vintage carriage for a ride on the historic Thamshavn Railway to Norway's old Lokkken Mine, where you will don a hardhat for a walk through the caverns.

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