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Cruises to Trondheim

Trondheim (Photo:Mikhail Varentsov /Shutterstock)

About Trondheim

Trondelag, or Trondheim, has been the city of kings ever since Viking king Olav Tryggvason sailed up the Trondheim Fjord in his longboat more than 1,000 years ago and founded Nidaros, after the River Nid. In 999, Olav invited Leif Eiriksson to stay there as his guest, after which the famous seaman sailed off to Greenland and on to America. Olav himself was canonized as Norway's patron saint with a cathedral built at his gravesite. By the Middle Ages, this central Norwegian city had become an important religious pilgrimage center and trading hub.

After a devastating fire destroyed much of Trondheim in the late 17th century, the city was rebuilt using a gridiron plan with broad avenues intended as firebreaks. This layout has survived, lending an elegant air to Norway's third-largest city. Trondheim also enjoys a youthful energy; one of every six residents is a student. Nidaros Cathedral remains Norway's religious center, attracting thousands each July for St. Olav's festival. Locals like to say, "Without Trondheim, all that would be left of the history book of Norway is the cover."

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Why go to Trondheim?

Pros:

This walkable town has plenty of sites for history buffs, from a Gothic cathedral to high-quality museums

Cons:

You won't dock directly in Trondheim, but at a harbor about 15 minutes' walk from town

Bottom Line:

Stroll the streets, visit museums and drink in the history of Norway

Trondheim Cruise Port Facilities?

Hurtigruten's docking area doesn't have a terminal building. However, when you leave the immediate vicinity, you'll be in town, where you'll have only a short walk to access restaurants, shopping, restrooms and Wi-Fi.

Historic Trondheim sits on a triangular island bordered by the River Nid and a long arm of the fjord. The city's heart is its main square, Torvet, with a towering statue of Olav Tryggvason, Norway's patron saint. The tourist office there rents bicycles and sells tickets for guided city tours. On the square's south end, there's a popular outdoor market with flowers, souvenirs, and fruits and vegetables for sale.

Good to Know?

Hurtigruten ships are very punctual, so be aware of the time when sightseeing independently.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Trondheim is pedestrian friendly, with many attractions located in the city center. For visits northeast to Ringve Museum and southwest to the Trondelag Folk Museum, it's best to use public transportation.

By Bus: Bus drivers sell a single ticket or unlimited 24-hour tickets. You can also purchase tickets at ticket machines ahead of time, which will save you some money. Buses are available from the cruise dock area to the city center; #46 leaves about every 10 minutes.

By Bicycle: Another option is renting a bicycle from the city's 125-bike fleet at the Trondheim Tourist Office. For a small fee, plus a modest deposit, you have use of a bike for up to 24 hours. The only catch is you must return the bike to one of 10 stations around the city after three hours and take another bike (Munkegate 19).

By Taxi: Taxi stands are located at Torvet, Trondheim's central rail station, Sondre Gate, Nedre Elvehavn, Nordre Gate and the Radisson SAS Royal Garden Hotel (TronderTaxi phone #07373 and Norgestaxi phone #08000).

By Rental Car: Car rental offices include Avis (Kjopmannsgt 34), Hertz (Innherredsveien 103), National (Ladeveien 24), and Budget (Kjopmannsgt 41).

By Ferry: Ferries leave frequently from Ravnkloa jetty for Monk Island (late May to September).

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian kroner (NOK). Check www.xe.com for current currency conversions. Unlike Denmark and Sweden, Norway is not a member of the EU, so the euro is not legal tender. ATMs are located throughout Trondheim's city center. Banks, the main post office (Dronningens gate 10) and the Tourist Information Office all offer currency exchange services.

Language?

Norway has two official languages: Bokmal or "book language," derived from Danish, and Nynorsk, derived from many rural Norwegian dialects. Bokmal is the more common of the two languages, with Nyorsk spoken in the fjord country along the west coast and in the central valleys. Norway's oldest language, Sami, is spoken by the country's indigenous people. Most Norwegians also speak English. "Fjord" is a Norwegian word that's become part of the international lexicon.

Where You're Docked?

A German coastal defense battery guards the approach to Trondheim Fjord -- Norway's third-longest fjord -- an eerie reminder of the city's five-year occupation during World War II. The Hurtigruten fleet (the only one that routinely calls on Trondheim) docks at the harbor north of the city center, a 15-minute walk to the train and bus terminal. From there, it's a short walk across the bridge to central Trondheim.


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Nice town, easy to walk around and some pretty things to see.Read More
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Very pretty old town area. Nidaros cathedral impressiveRead More
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