Trondheim on the fjord of the same name is Norway's third largest city with 212.660 inhabitants (as of January 2023). It is the administrative center of the Trøndelag region, a university town and home to many technology companies. It is also an important transport hub and the cultural center of Central Norway.
Trondheim - historical
The Trondheim region has been inhabited for more than 1.000 years. The city name was originally Nidaros. It goes back to the Vikings. Their king, Olav Tryggvason, had a trading post built on the banks of the Nidelva River. As a result, the later Trondheim developed into the most important city in Norway and the center of Christianization. At times the city was an important place of pilgrimage in Northern Europe.
The Nidelva River
After the Reformation, Trondheim lost its importance. A major fire that destroyed parts of the city in 1681 also contributed to this. The benefit of the fire: During the reconstruction, permanent urban accents were set with the broad lines of sight that can still be found in the city center. The city regained economic status as a trading center and ore port in the 18th century.
The Munkegata in the center of Trondheim
Trondheim is the administrative center of Central Norway. Part of the provincial government is in Trondheim. Well over 30.000 students are enrolled at the Technical and Natural Sciences University of Norway in Trondheim. It is Norway's second largest university after Oslo University. The University Hospital St. Olavs Hospital is of great importance for the region up to Svalbard. Due to its proximity to the university, many technology companies are based in Trondheim.
Nedre Bakklandet pedestrian zone
Trondheim looks clean and tidy and is surrounded by greenery. Impressive commercial buildings have recently been built in the area of the cruise terminal. The city is crossed by the Nidelva River. In the center, modern residential buildings line the river. The jetties are in front of the house. Trondheim is without a doubt a liveable and lovable city.
Apartments on the Nidelva River
Trondheim - cultural focus in central Norway
Cultural highlights are the Trøndelag Symphony Orchestra and the Trøndelag Theater. Museums and galleries are just as much a part of the cultural scene as the Dokkhuset music scene or the Rockheim Museum. The Dokkhuset is an old shipyard that has been converted into a music stage. The Rockheim is the national Norwegian museum of pop and rock. There are old and contemporary works of art everywhere in the cityscape, plus top sights such as Nidaros Cathedral.
The Rockheim Museum
Trondheim - transport hub
Trondheim has an airport and offers train connections to Oslo, Bodø and neighboring Sweden. The Hurtigruten ships regularly call at Trondheim's port. The ships connect Trondheim with Bergen to the south and Kirkenes in the far north of Norway.
The cruise terminal opposite the adventure pool
Trondheim for cruise tourists
More than 2024 cruise ship calls are planned for 70. On North Cape trips, the ships dock in Trondheim for a few hours. The city proves to be a worthwhile and interesting stopover for its passengers. Although there has been a lack of an efficient handling terminal up to now, the location of the investor is ideal. The short distances from the berth to the city center prove to be pleasant. The use of public transport is not necessary. Trondheim is one of those port cities that is easy to “discover” without a guided tour. Under Trondheim sightseeing we report on the main attractions of the city.
Updated Aug 2023