Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city (behind Oslo and Bergen) and is the cultural hub in Trondelag (the central region of Norway). It rarely makes travelers’ bucket lists and I am not sure why. It may not be the capital of the northern lights like Tromsø or known for the heart-stopping beauty of the fjords, like Stavanger. To be honest, the main reason I wanted to travel to Trondheim was to hike Trolltunga, which isn’t even in Trondheim (my geographical whoopsie). But, I am so glad we ended up in this picturesque fisherman’s village, splashed with reds, golds, and greens. Alongside mountainous views that you make your jaw drop, literally. If you get the chance to explore this region of Norway, I would highly recommend it, make sure you stop in for some Brunost.*
A little history:
Why you wonder? Because it’s cool to learn, and I love learning. Trondheim comes from the old Norse word Þróndheimr which means home of the strong and fertile ones. The city was founded in 997 and was a key player in the history of Norway. From 1030 to 1217 it was the capital of Norway and continues to be the coronation city where Norwegian Kings are crowned today. Trondheim has become a city of culture, views, food, students, and cyclists; being home to the world’s first bike escalator.
First off, getting to Trondheim is no easy task. It is about an hour flight or a seven-hour train ride, from the nation’s capital: Oslo. On a personal preference, I would prefer the seven hours train ride, gasp I know! But, during those seven hours, you will see some of the most exquisite and breathtaking forms of Mother Nature, your eyes have ever seen. To make it even easier Norway operates one of the easiest train systems, and just like everything else in the world: “they got an app for that!”
Let me show you why Trondheim needs to be a part of your next Norwegian adventure.
Lefse is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread, this particular one was cinnamon and heavenly. A perfect snack for the train ride.
WELCOME TO TRONDHEIM, NORWAY
Home of the world’s first bike escalator:
Built on the burial site of Saint Olav, the King of Norway in the 11th century.
Brunost*, which directly translates to “brown cheese.” But this awkward colored cheese isn’t actually cheese. It is a fudge-like sweet that comes from caramelized goat’s milk.
Kristiansten Fortress is located on the east hill, overlooking the city of Trondheim. After the fire of 1681, the destroyed much of Trondheim, the town built this fortress as a means of protection against their enemies and attacks from the east. It was in 1718, the final days of the Great Northern War when the Kristiansten Fortress served its main purpose and protected Norwegians from an attack from Sweden.
The Old Bridge
The construction of the Old Bridge began around the same time of the Kristiansten Fortress in 1681. The Old Bridge is also known as the nickname “Lykkens Portal”, which means “Portal of Happiness”.
Is believed to be one of Norway’s oldest stone churches, so old, in fact, that we aren’t exactly sure when it was built. History has taught us that the church began to be useful during 1190, and during the war with Sweden and during WW2 this church served primarily as a food stock for the people and soldiers of Trondheim.
The statue of King Olav Tryggvason; the founder of Trondheim.
An afternoon stroll through the city for this view:
Hiking: Gråkallen Skileik
As a fairly easy hike to do, I could not recommend this enough. The view when you get to the top is unimaginable. You’ll have to see for yourself 😉
Tyholt Tower is 74 meters above ground with a rotating restaurant while looking down on the city.
Making dinner with our Couchsurfers and new friends:
Honestly, anywhere you end up strolling around in Trondheim is like watching through a picture. With the crisp blue sky meeting the mountains as your landscape, you can’t help but stop for a moment and just say “Thanks, Mother Nature, you’re a badass”