Colourful wooden buildings by the River Nidelva in the old city district of Trondheim. © SCStock/
Colourful wooden buildings by the River Nidelva in the old city district of Trondheim. © SCStock/

Trondheim – Picturesque Royal City on the Fjord

Published: 10 May 2024, 15:30

Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, charms visitors with its picturesque old town, colourful wooden buildings and the world’s northernmost cathedral. The Gothic Nidaros Cathedral from the 11th century is Norway’s national shrine and is still an important pilgrimage site today. Many young people are drawn to this university and technology city to study. There are plenty of cosy cafés and bars. Although there is always something going on, Trondheim has retained its small-town atmosphere and historic charm.

Surrounded by beautiful natural areas, Trondheim lies on a peninsula between the River Nidelva and the Trondheim Fjord. The offshore skerry around the islands of Frøya and Hitra can be reached by ferry. It is a great area for walking, fishing and cycling. A kayak tour on the River Nidelva is a highlight for water lovers. Whether as a city trip for a long weekend or as a starting point for a trip to Norway, fascinating Trondheim will stay with you for a long time. 

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none 
  • Population: 215,000
  • Official language: Bokmål and Nynorsk
  • Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)

A tour of Trondheim

In the heart of Norway: the idyllic region of Trøndelag

The beauty of Trondheim is its direct proximity to nature and its location right by the water. Trondheim is the capital of the Trøndelagregion. Located in the heart of Norway, this region delights nature lovers with its wild Atlantic coast, picturesque seaside towns, the 130-kilometre-long Trondheim Fjord and fascinating natural wonders. The long days, bright nights and mild temperatures in summer are particularly enchanting.

Trondheim Fjord is a picture-book experience of a Scandinavian kingdom: a wonderful backdrop with impressive mountains, green hills, meadows and deep blue water show off the typical Norwegian landscape. The third longest fjord in the land of the Vikings is ideal for activities such as sailing, kayaking and fishing. A boat tour will reveal an insight into the diverse bird life and, with a bit of luck, you’ll see seals and sea eagles. 

Beautiful destinations on Trondheim Fjord

Trondheim from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. Explore the old town by bike 

2. Go kayaking on the Nidelva 

3. Take the ferry to the island of Munkholmen for a swim

4. Hike up the mountain to Kristiansten Fortress 

5. Discover an underwater paradise with fjord diving

1.    Buy fresh fish at the traditional Ravnkloa Fish Market

2.    Take a break in one of the many cosy cafés

3.    Sample delicious dishes at the Trøndersk food festival (in August)

4.    Buy fruit and vegetables at the weekly farmers’ market

5.    Enjoy a fancy dish at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants

1.    Experience the nostalgic atmosphere on the northernmost tram in the world

2.    Take the bicycle lift up the steep hill

3.    Take a closer look at the figures on the west front of Nidaros Cathedral

4.    Enjoy the maritime atmosphere on the River Nidelva

5.    Play rock and pop music yourself at the Rockheim Museum

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