Founded over a thousand years ago by Viking King Olav Trygvasson, Trondheim was Norway’s first capital city. Its colourful warehouses, charming waterways and wooded hills makes Trondheim one of Norway's most photogenic towns.
Sat on the impressive Trondheim Fjord, the city is packed with interesting sights which are easy to navigate on foot, as most of the attractions are located on a small island accessible via a series of walkable bridges.
The pride of Trondheim is Nidarosdomen, the world’s northernmost medieval cathedral. The majestic church towers above the city centre and is erected on the site of St. Olav’s grave where medieval pilgrims flocked to worship. Nearby is the Archbishop’s Palace, now a museum displaying artefacts, sculpture and gargoyles, while the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum has stunning collections of furniture, textiles and jewellery.
Ringve Museum is a fascinating music museum in a former manor house and barn. Other museums worth a look include Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum and the unique Sverresborg Ski Museum, which traces the history of skiing in Norway from the 17th century to modern times.
Trondheim’s wide streets and semi-pedestrianised heart has some great cafés and restaurants on show, while Kristiansten Fortress, located on high to the east of the centre, is one of the most popular recreational areas.
The pride of Trondheim is Nidaros Cathedral, the world’s northernmost medieval cathedral. The majestic church towers above the city centre and is erected on the site of St Olav’s grave where medieval pilgrims flocked to worship. Today it is Norway’s national shrine. Construction of the original cathedral began in 1070, however the oldest parts still in existence date from the 12th century. The cathedral attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year from around the globe, who visit to admire its impressive facade and stained glass windows dating from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Royal & Religion
Trondheim is one of the northernmost outposts of the Catholic faith. The Archbishop’s Palace is Scandinavia’s oldest secular building, dating from around 1160. This stately dwelling neighbours Nidaros Cathedral and was once both the residence of the most powerful men in Norway and a military installation. The fascinating museum features original sculptures from the cathedral and tells the colourful history of the building through archaeological discoveries found on the site.
Situated on a hill overlooking the fjord, Ringve is Norway’s national museum of music and musical instruments, featuring instruments from all continents. Traditional Norwegian instruments make up a large section of the collection and include hardanger fiddles and Norwegian zithers. The interiors of the Manor house date back to the 1880s and provide a beautiful setting for the exhibition.