Visiting Trondheim in Norway

Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city and a major centre of culture, commerce and technology has great allure for both the younger set and (presumably) more serious history and culture buffs. Founded over a thousand years ago by the Viking King Olaf Tryggvason, Trondheim today offers the charms of a small town right along with the excitement of a modern metropolis.

Wide avenues and open green space are at least partially a testament to its inhabitants’ efforts to prevent the recurrence of widespread fires that have devastated the city in times past. Built on a heavily forested peninsula, most structures have traditionally been and still are wooden, though there are a few remarkably exceptions.

Though it is not the capital of Norway (long ago it was) Trondheim is still where new monarchs go to receive the official blessing at Nidaros Cathedral. This is a splendid Gothic/Roman edifice build over the tomb of patron Saint Olaf. Dating back to 1070, it is the ecclesiastical cornerstone of the entire country.

On the other side of the coin, Trondheim is a University town, with all the youthful vigor and creativity that surrounds any fine large institute of higher learning. Visitors will find lively nightlife alongside ancient historical sites, with something interesting for absolutely anyone.

You can’t miss the Tyholt Tower, built for telecommunications and rising 120 metres into the sky. At 74 metres you can dine in the rotating restaurant while you soak up the truly panoramic view at the rate of one revolution per hour.

Summertime is the most popular season for tourists, and Trondheim is quite beautiful with all its greenery, pleasant walks, fishing and many other warm weather activities. Summer days are very long and it never seems to get really dark. However the winter has its own attractions; skiing and other snow sports of course, but also the warm glow of firelight pubs and cafes on those early winter nights.