Trondheim is a lively and buzzing university city. It’s Norway’s third-biggest city and was once the medieval Norwegian capital founded more than 1000 years ago by King Olav Trygvasson. Trondheim is today well known for its rich medieval history, historical wooden architecture and a rich cultural scene. Trondheim can also offer an active holiday with mountains close by as well as sea activities.
Location: County of Sor-Trondelag / Trondelag
Area: approximately 131 square miles / 340 square kilometres
Population: approximately 190 000 (Oct. 2016)
Currency: Norwegian Kroner (NOK)
World time zone: UTC / GMT +1
Country code: +47
Average daily Trondheim January temperature: -3,1°C / 33°F
Average daily Trondheim July temperature: 19°C / 66°F
Situated in central Norway, Trondheim is easily accessible whatever your choice of transportation would be. By plane you will land at Trondheim's modern airport at Værnes (32 km from the city). If you come by train you can relax and look at the unique Norwegian countryside. If you are coming from the south of Norway you can drive through the majestic Dovre mountains. Another special way to visit Trondheim is by the coastal express which will give you a chance to experience Norway's spectacular coast line.
Trondheim Airport Værnes is situated 32 kilometres north-east of the city. You can make easy connections to Trondheim from anywhere in Europe. Most of the airlines have direct flights to capitals around Europa. Traveling to Trondheim from other continents you will have to have one connecting flight 8mostof the in Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen). There are more than 40 daily flights to/from Norway's capital Oslo.
The airport bus runs every 15 minutes and stops at many of the central hotels and central connection points. The airport buss takes about 45 minutes from the airport to central Trondheim.
Trondheim has train connections to Stockholm, Sweden and of course to both the northern and southern parts of Norway with several daily departures/arrivals. It’s also possible to travel by train from the rest of Europa to Trondheim. Plan your journey by train here.
Hurtigruten, or the coastal express, the famous shipping line between Bergen and Kirkenes, calls at Trondheim harbour every day of the year, both on its northbound and southbound journeys.
For more information and to plan your journey: Hurtigruten - The Norwegian Coastal Voyage.
The journey from Oslo to Trondheim takes about 7-8 hours, as does the journey from Bergen to Trondheim. The scenery is diverting and spectacular driving through small towns and over the beautiful Dovre Mountains. You might even see a musk ox!
Plan your own trip with Google Maps.
Trondheim has a variety of accommodation, from hotels to hostel (only during the summer). It’s recommended to book accommodation in advance since the hotels often is fully booked due to football, festivals, conferences, pilgrims etc.
Our festival hotel is Scandic Nidelven. The hotel opened in autumn 2003 and has with 351 rooms in different categories, many of them with beautiful view of the Nidelven River. After a good night’s sleep you can enjoy Norway’s best breakfast. A great way to start the day!
For more information and booking: www.scandicnidelven.no
For more information about staying in Trondheim, see Visit Trondheim.
The cultural scene
Trondheim has a rich cultural life. The city has a modern theatre with a long history and a well-established position in Scandinavia. The symphony orchestra and Trondheim Soloists is also popular and has been on many successful international tours. The city's concert hall, Olavshallen, has excellent acoustics and features top-line performers throughout the year. The Ringve Museum of musical history, housed in beautiful old buildings, has developed into a gem among museums. Nidaros Cathedral has developed into a thriving church music center. Many concerts during the many festivals in Trondheim takes place in this spectacular cathedral. It’s also a destination for pilgrims. In the city centre you will find that Trondheim is a popular stop for many top performers in rock, jazz, classical music, blues, swing and much more.
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