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Trondheim City Guide

Trondheim, in the heart of Norway and resting place of Holy Saint Olav, is a captivating city with plenty of medieval charm and pilgrim history.

You'll be enchanted by its iconic Nidaros Cathedral, explore history at the Archbishop's Palace, and revel in the vibrant student atmosphere around the NTNU campus. With its picturesque riverfront, lush parks, and cozy cafes, Trondheim offers a nice blend of culture and natural beauty.

When to visit Trondheim

The best time to visit Trondheim can vary depending on your preferences, but here are some considerations for each season:

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Spring (March to May): Spring brings milder temperatures and the awakening of nature. This is a great time for those who enjoy seeing the city's green spaces and gardens come to life. The weather is often crisp, and there are fewer tourists, but more students compared to the summer months.

Summer (June to August): This is the most popular time to visit Trondheim. The weather is generally mild with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), and the city comes alive with outdoor festivals and activities. It's an excellent time for sightseeing, exploring the parks, and enjoying the extended daylight hours.

Autumn (September to November): Fall offers beautiful foliage as the leaves change colors. The weather can be quite pleasant in early autumn, making it a good time to explore. However, it gets progressively cooler as the season advances.

Winter (December to February): Trondheim experiences a cold and relatively dark winter season from December to February, with temperatures typically ranging from below freezing to just a few degrees above freezing. If you're a fan of the magical ambiance of the holiday season, winter can be a charming time to visit. It's a season for cozying up in cafes and enjoying Christmas markets or winter activities.

Getting into Trondheim

Trondheim Airport Værnes (TRD)

The Airport Express Coach (Værnesekspressen) provides a convenient and direct connection from Værnes Airport to Trondheim city center.

Buses are timed to coincide with flight arrivals and departures. The journey typically takes around 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic. Save a few NOK by buying the ticket online or in their app.

For a taxi check out Trøndertaxi, which also offers cheaper shared taxis (car pooling).

Trondheim bridge

Places to stay in Trondheim

With its 180.000 inhabitants the central area of Trondheim is quite compact, which makes it easy to walk around. I recommend staying downtown or in the charming neighborhood of Bakklandet.

High End

If you want the “best” and most exclusive hotel in Trondheim, then you should stay at the five star Hotel Britannia. A cozy and posh hotel right downtown with four upscale restaurants and two bars/tea rooms.

Mid-Range

Several good options for three star hotels with good breakfast and comfortable rooms are spread out all over Trondheim. Modern Thon Hotel Nidaros is a sure bet with stylish rooms located in a stone building from 1908.

Scandic Bakklandet is a modern riverside hotel in a charming neighborhood. Some rooms have a panoramic view over the river.

A step up is the nearby sister hotel Scandic Nidelven, slightly more upscale with suites and a great restaurant.

Budget

Stay with the pilgrims at the Nidaros Pilegrimsgård nicely located between the Nidelven river and the Cathedral. You don’t have to be a pilgrim to stay there though, and they offer double rooms at an affordable price.

Note that prices for hotels highly fluctuate throughout the year, and if you book early you can sometimes find good deals! The high season in Norway goes from June to August.

Places to eat in Trondheim

Trondheim offers a diverse and delightful culinary scene that reflects both traditional Norwegian flavors and modern international influences. Seafood takes center stage, with fresh salmon, cod, and shellfish often featured on menus. Cafes and restaurants in the city offer cozy atmospheres, and don't forget to try some Norwegian pastries like "skoleboller" (sweet buns with custard and coconut).

Here’s a few of my favorite food and drink spots in Trondheim:

RESTAURANTS & CAFéS

Troll Restaurant (I love the name) sits just next to the canal in an old wooden house. They pride themselves on using only Norwegian ingredients, but make dishes with an “exotic twist”. They have well-priced 3 and 5 course meals, and I’ve always enjoyed my food there.

If you are looking for a couple of upscale restaurants try out Fagn (1 Michelin star) with both fine dining and a bistro. Or, head to the Credo Restaurant with food cooked from the raw goods grown (or fished) in the Trøndelag region.

Another of my favorite restaurants is Bula Neobistro with a young crowd and a creative menu. Try out their 5 or 10(!) course meals. Sellanraa Bok & Bar next to the house of literature is also a favorite with a tasty lunch and dinner menu.

For a more traditional and informal spot try out Bakklandet Skysstasjon in the midst of the charming Bakklandet neighborhood. The menu varies but you might find reindeer stew, herring and/or fish soup. On the same street is also Kalas & Canasta with a seasonal 3-course menu, or try a plate of Norwegian cheeses.

For a Norwegian waffle, head to Café To Tårn (two towers) with a view of the Nidaros Cathedral. Nearby the Cathedral is also Streif Café & Bakeri which offers good cakes and a very cozy atmosphere.

On the other side of the river to the north is Rosenborg Bakeri (there are several branches but I like this one in an historic building), this is a great place for some Norwegian pastry (and sandwiches).

Looking for something entirely “non-Norwegian” then head to Bangkok Café for inexpensive and tasty Thai food.

Bars

Trondheim has a lively and diverse bar scene, making it a great place to enjoy a night out. This can especially be said when the students are all in town (mid-August-mid-June)

Three Lions is a traditional English pub with good beer and pub grub.

For great cocktails head to Raus Bar (Generous Bar) with all kinds of drinks, but also beers. If you are in town on a Tuesday they serve classic drinks at good prices.

Bar Moskus has wine and beer, and occasionally live music. See the program on their website, and you might have to book ahead to get in.

Another bar with live music is Good Omens. Expect Rock/Metal, and with nice outdoor seating facing the canal open in the summer. For a third live music option, head to Antikvaritet at Bakklandet, with a wide selection of artists performing.

Den Gode Nabo (the good neighbor) is a charming place down by the river with a lively atmosphere, and also a selection of board games. They have a nice selection of beers!

Things to do in Trondheim

From its iconic Nidaros Cathedral to its charming Old Town Bridge, Trondheim has a lot of cultural landmarks and natural beauty. Explore a few of the city's museums or wander the picturesque streets of Bakklandet.

Here are some of my top recommendations:

MUSEUMS & PARKS

Perhaps the largest attraction in Trondheim is the Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen), one of the most iconic and historically significant landmarks in Norway. It was built over the burial site of St. Olav, the patron saint and former king of Norway, making it a major pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages. When you visit, try to catch one of the live theater/organ performances.

Next door to the cathedral is the Archbishop's Palace Museum (Erkebispegården): Explore this historic museum to learn about Trondheim's medieval past while you browse through ten thousands of archaeological finds from the area. and the life of the archbishops who lived here. A separate museum holds a collection of the Crown Regalia.

Trondheim Science Center is a hands-on experience center which is fun for the whole family.

If you like music then check out the Ringve Music Museum, Norway’s national museum for music with a collection of over 2000 instruments. Or head to the modern Rockheim Museum which is Norway's national museum for music made from the 1950s and up until today.

If you like art then head to Trondheim Art Museum for both regional and international art. Their main building is near the cathedral at Bispegata 7B.

Trondheim also has a great folk museum known as "Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum". This open-air museum is an excellent place to immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of the Trøndelag region and offers a glimpse into rural life in Norway through the centuries.

FJORD & Outdoor ACTIVITIES

Trondheim is surrounded by nature and I would recommend heading out on the Trondheimsfjord when you visit.

Here’s a few activities you can do:

Find more activities for Trondheim here (GetYourGuide). If you want a local guide in Trondheim I recommend getting in touch with Trondheim Guide Service.

Other Things To Do

Wander through the charming neighborhood of Bakklandet, known for its colorful wooden houses, quaint shops, and cafes.

Connecting Bakkland and downtown, stroll across the charming Old Town Bridge, known for its unique red color and great views of the city and the river.

Yellow city buses on a bright sunny day

How to get around in Trondheim

Public transportation

You can easily travel inside and outside of Trondheim with the bus. You can’t buy tickets onboard, but there are machines at some of the stations or you can use the Atb app.

Trondheim also has a Trikk (tram), which is a great way to see the city. This is actually the northernmost tram line in the world. You can ride it from St. Olav gate downtown and ride it all the way to Lian while having great views of the city. At Lian there is a lake you can swim in.

Yellow city buses on a bright sunny day

Trondheim Travel Connections

Being in the center of Norway, you can easily go north, south or west.

To Oslo

Trondheim has an excellent train connection to Oslo with the Dovre Line. This is a scenic ride taking you through the Dover national park, and down the Gudbrandsdalen valley through Lillehammer. Buy tickets on the Vy website.

TO TROMSØ, LOFOTEN & BODØ

These destinations are far up north, but you could take the scenic Nordlandsbanen train to Bodø (10 hours, night train also available). Buy tickets on the Vy website. From Bodø you can ride a ferry to Lofoten.

Unless you have ample time, for most travelers I would recommend that you find a flight and fly up north. There’s a main airport in Tromsø, and smaller airports (Svolvær & Leknes) in Lofoten.

TO ÅLESUND

There are no direct bus or train lines between Trondheim and Ålesund, so to get there in one day I would either rent a car (6 hours), or take a train to Dombås and change to the train to Åndalsnes. These are scenic train rides on the Rauma and Dovre line. Buy tickets on the Vy website.

Potentially you can stay a night in Åndalsnes and take the bus to Ålesund the next day.

TO KRISTIANSAND & STAVANGER

You could potentially take the Dovre Line to Oslo, and change to a Go-Ahead train. This would best be done over two days, but you can buy tickets and find the schedule on the Vy website.

Nor-Way Bussexpress also operates a bus line between Oslo - Kristiansand - Stavanger. Unless you have ample time, for most travelers I would recommend to find a flight.

To Bergen

There are no direct bus or train lines between Bergen and Trondheim, so to get there in one day I would recommend a flight or rent a car and make it into a long ish road trip.

TO STOCKHOLM & COPENHAGEN

Between Trondheim and Stockholm I’d either take the train via Oslo, or find a flight. To Copenhagen I’d recommend a flight, or travel to Oslo and do the DFDS Ferry from there.

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