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Trondheim

Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim, has a population of 193 000, about 30 000 of whom are students attending the prestigious NTNU, Norway’s leading university for science and technology. As a result of its student life, Trondheim is a vibrant, energetic city with exciting events and cultural activities.

It is also home to one of Norway’s most famous and cherished landmarks: the Nidarosdomen cathedral, which houses the relics of St Olav, the patron saint of Norway who brought Christianity to the country in year 1030. Construction of the cathedral began in 1070 but the oldest parts of the cathedral still remaining date from the mid-12th Century.

For art lovers, Norway’s National Museum of Decorative Arts can be found in Trondheim, along with the Archibishop’s Palace Museum and the Trondheim Museum of Art. And for a more edgy museum experience, why not visit Rockheim, Norway’s national museum of popular music.

 

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Guided Walk: Local guides offer a fascinating walk of Trondheim’s “Mid-Town” (city center), taking you through the city’s history from its Medieval roots to the present day. The narrow cobblestone streets, flanked on each side by colorful traditional wooden houses, are perfect for walking.

Or maybe the Gourmet walk? “The taste of Trøndelag” where the guides offer “an exclusive culinary experience”, which includes a six-course dinner at two of Trondheim’s best restaurants. The guides will introduce you to local produce and food traditions. A must for foodies!

Nidaros Cathedral – Construction began on this landmark cathedral in 1070, and it was for centuries a destination for pilgrims from all over Norway. It remained the seat of the archbishop of Norway until the protestant reformation. The Cathedral houses the relics of St Olav, the patron saint of Norway who brought Christianity to the country.

Rockheim – Our national museum of pop and rock music, the fascinating exhibitions chronicle the development of Norwegian rock from the 1950s till today. This museum is a music-lover’s paradise!

Ringve Music Museum – A beautiful museum housed in an old manor house, Ringve Music museum holds a large collection of international musical instruments, vividly chronicling the development of music from the ancient world to the modern age. You can even try your hand at an old harpsichord!

Steinvikholmen Castle – Commenced in 1525 and completed in 1532, this castle was built by the last Catholic Archbishop of Norway, Olav Engelbrektsson. In 1537 Danish rule of Norway was consolidated here, bringing with it the Protestant reformation. Today the castle is one of the country’s most impressive medieval buildings.

Munkholmen Island  – A beautiful island with a fascinating history – initially an execution site in the Viking Age, it became home to one of Scandinavia’s earliest Benedictine monasteries in the 11th century, deserted after the Protestant Reformation and eventually turned into a fortress prison in 1658. A pleasant boat excursion on a summer day!

Trondheim Art Museum – Norway’s third largest art museum, this museum houses an incredible collection of 19th and 20th century art, as well as organizing numerous exhibitions throughout the year.