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Trondheim, Norway



Trondheim is the third largest Norwegian city, and one of Scandinavia's oldest. It was founded by Viking king Olav Tryggvason, and was Norway's capital until 1380. Today, this university town is a hub for medical and maritime research. Forests surround this historic city, bordering on the River Nid and the Trondheim Fjord. Torvet is the main square (Market Square) in Trondheim and really serves as the city's heart; at one end of the square, an outdoor market takes residence which proves popular with the locals and visitors, and at the other, a towering statue of Norway's patron saint and Viking king Olav Tryggvason.

Cruising around the shorelines of Trondheim allows you to see the beauty of the water-front houses and warehouses painted in a variety of different colors. No matter what you do here, Trondheim will be happy to please!



Ship Location


The Port of Trondheim is the major docking port for cruise ships. It has easy pedestrian access to the city.


Getting Around


Taxi's are always recommended for those wishing to journey further from the ships docking point. Visit the taxi stands located at Torvet, Nordre Gate, Sondre Gates, Trondheim's central rail station, the Radisson SAS Royal Garden Hotel or Nedre Elvehavn to arrange taxi's.


TronderTaxi: +73 90 90 70


If you prefer walking, the city centre has many attractions that are easily accessible for pedestrians from the ships port. There are also public buses that you can take from the cruise dock area traveling to the city center.




Visiting the splendid Nidaros Cathedral is top on most peoples to-do list. The intricate Gothic structure was built over the resting place of Trondheim's patron saint and dates back to the turn of the 12th Century, flaunting some magnificent stained-glass windows. Another main focus of interest is the Ringve Museum & Gardens. It is the only museum in Norway that is specialized for musical instruments. Set against a breathtaking botanical garden, the manor house (built in 1860) holds a part of the 2000 instrument collection. Student guides offer musical demonstrations from some of the instruments that are on display. Discover a maze of underground halls and corridors inside the copper mines that are over 300 years old. Though it has now been transformed into a museum, the acoustics and consistent temperature will really give you a feel for the condition of the workers in the oldest part of the mine. If you have time, the Thamshavn Narrow Gauge Railway, built originally to transport ore from the mine to the harbor, is still functioning. Re-opening as a railway museum, some of the carriages you'll ride on date back to 1908 and this line is Scandinavia's only one with a 1000m gauge- there are very few railway lines that have steeper climbs and sharper curves.

Just outside of the busy city center is Sverresli; a perfect vista point where you'll see endless views of the city, surrounding countryside and of course, the fjord. However, if old-fashioned Norwegian culture is more up your street, stopping at the Trondelag Open-Air Folk Museum in Sverresborg will allow you to see period buildings and give you an interesting insight into life in the 18th and 19th Century. Trondheim Old & New is an interesting walking tour to take. Enjoy the village architecture, Town Hall, visit the old wharf as well as venturing into Bakklandet; the historic working class neighborhood. Finish off your time here at a popular Trondheim restaurant in a timber house. As you walk past the 1830's buildings in town, don't forget to take in the rococo style exterior carvings on the front; it is something you won't regret!