Historical adventures in Trøndelag
City tour of Trondheim
A walk through Trondheim, the former capital of Norway, will reveal modern architecture, historic sites, lively spots with pubs and restaurants, Bakklandet – the old town with its quaint wooden buildings and the world’s only bicycle lift, and the mighty Nidarosdomen Cathedral. On the way, you will hear about people and events that have been crucial to the development of today’s Trondheim. All of this to the accompaniment of the River Nidelven, meandering its way through the city centre.
The Kystens Arv Coastal Heritage Museum in Rissa
At Stadsbygd in Fosen we find the Kystens Arv museum, where you will become familiar with the old boatbuilding traditions and the development of the coastal culture which today characterizes the coast of Trøndelag. Inside, at the exhibition, you will hear fascinating stories about the local fishermen who spent months away from home taking part in the Lofoten Fishery, and what life was like for those who were left behind. There is also an impressive museum shop there.
In the footsteps of Christian Thams – From Bårdshaug Mansion to Løkken Verk
Christian Thams is one of the most fascinating gentlemen to be brought up in Trøndelag. Thams was a pioneer of engineering and architecture. His achievements can still be seen today, as represented by the venerable Bårdshaug Herregård Mansion in Orkanger; Norway’s first electric railway, the Thamsbanen; and Gammelgruva, the old mine at Løkken Verk. If you are lucky, you may also have the chance of attending a concert in the spectacular Fagerlisalen hall, deep inside the mine.
Norveg – the Coastal Museum in Rørvik
At coastal Norway’s most spectacular landmark, the Norveg Coastal Museum, the Vikna Fishery forms the basis of an exhibition entitled “The Land with the Great Ocean Beyond,” showing what it was like to be a fisherman on the coast of Namdalen. The coastal culture that developed as a result of the fishery, is important along the entire coast of Trøndelag. Even more fascinating is the opportunity of seeing how it all started, and what life was like at a time when the fishery was the very life nerve of the coastal population.
The Ruins of Steinvikholm Castle
North of Trondheim we find the ruins of impressive Steinvikholm Castle, which was completed by Norway’s last Catholic bishop, Olav Engelbrektsson in 1532, and was Norway’s centre of power in the 1500s. The 5 metre thick walls have a lot of history to relate, including events leading up to the Reformation in 1537. Daily guided tours during the summer.
The Pilgrim Route from Kongsvold to Trondheim
A walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims, to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, can be both a spiritual journey and a different way of enjoying the countryside. Starting at Kongsvold Fjeldstue mountain lodge south of Oppdal, you can walk along marked trails all the way to Nidarosdomen Cathedral in Trondheim. On the way you may, for instance, like to spend the night at the Pilegrimsherberge hostel in Skaun.
The Pageant of Olaf the Holy at Stiklestad
The mother of all pageants, the Pageant of Olaf the Holy, can be seen during the St. Olaf’s Day festival, Olsokdagene, at Stiklestad National Culture Centre towards the end of July. Here, you will witness the battle that was crucial to the Christening of Norway, and the dramatic events that led to Olaf Haraldsson’s death, on the very site where it all came to pass. Olsokdagene also offer a wide variety of concerts and talks, and for the youngsters, Summer in Stiklestad is the thing.
The Olavsfestdagene Church and Culture Festival
Olavsfestdagene is the biggest festival of its kind in Norway , and is closely linked to historical events. With its emphasis on quality concerts, lectures, religious diversity and trade, the festival is for many people a highlight among the summer’s events. One of the regular components of the festival is the Historical Market in the Borggården at Nidarosdomen Cathedral. At some of the stalls, various kinds of handicrafts are demonstrated and you can try the techniques yourself and buy the products to take home.
Five Historical Adventures in Trondheim
Trondheim is a city with a lot of history and many historical sights. At Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum there are over 80 ancient buildings showing Trøndelag’s architectural traditions, from rural to urban and from mountain to coastal, in the 1700s and 1800s. The Ringve Music Museum houses over 2,000 musical instruments from all over the world. Munkholmen, the island just off Trondheim city centre, is a popular spot for outings, which throughout the ages has also been a prison, a place of execution and a monastery. The Nidaros Cathedral Nidarosdomen is the biggest mediaeval church in the Nordic countries. The Cathedral was built on the site of Olaf the Holy’s grave and is a popular destination for pilgrims from all over Europe. The Archbishop’s Residence is Scandinavia’s oldest secular building and is one of the best preserved of its kind in Europe. Norway’s Crown Jewels are on display in the basement.
From Cloister to Cloister Tautra and Munkeby
At Tautra outside Frosta and at Munkeby outside Levanger, there are two relatively recently built cloisters that are open to the public, and where they make and sell impressive, high quality products. The nuns at the Maria Cloister in Tautra make first-rate soaps, while the monks at Munkeby make their increasingly famous Munkeby cheese. It is a fascinating world you gain insight into when visiting, and at the same time, you can enjoy any number of other experiences in the near vicinity. You may, for instance, like to try the locally brewed beer at the Klostergården in Tautra, just by the ruins of the original Tautra Cloister dating back to 1207.
Elden (the Flame) in Røros
Elden (the Flame) in Røros is a play about burning love and a war that crushes young hopes and dreams. The plot is based on Carl XII of Sweden’s march on Norway and General Armfelt’s fatal decision to initiate a Swedish retreat across the Tydalsfjella mountains, where 3,000 soldiers froze to death. The massive slag heaps in Røros town centre comprise the setting, which is considered by many to be Scandinavia’s most spectacular stage.
Local Food Safari in Røros
The local surroundings and culinary traditions both contribute towards the historical atmosphere in Røros. When on a food safari visiting local manufacturers, you will be guided through a scenic landscape and will be able to see, hear about, taste and buy some of the best products that the Røros region has to offer. Several different safaris are available and on the way you will have the opportunity of tasting cheeses, meat produce, baking and lots more.
Tour of the Mining Town of Røros
On a tour of the mining town of Røros you will become familiar with the history of the mines that formed the basis for the foundation of Røros. Here you will encounter time-honoured listed wooden buildings; fascinating backyards with design boutiques, handicrafts and cafés, and the very distinctive Bergstadens Ziir church. The unique wooden architecture is today inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
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The island of Tautra, in the Trondheimsfjord, has a lot of history to unfold. Here you find the ruins of a convent dating back to 1207, the new Maria Convent built in 2006 and the Klostergården, offering rooms, restaurant and a farm shop.
A brief ride on the Kystekspressen fast passenger boat is what separates city life in Trondheim from a country outing in Fosen, the peninsula on the coast of Trøndelag.
Steinvikholm Castle is situated on a tiny island off the coast of Skatval. In the mid 1500s it was the centre of power in Norway, and the 5 meter thick walls have a lot of history to share with us.
The Innherred region is home to numerous historical sights and cultural and natural adventures.
The world heritage town of Røros is one of the most fascinating places in Trøndelag, with its delightful mixture of historic charm and sophistication, creating an adventurous atmosphere.
Many of the key events in Norwegian history took place in Trøndelag, and there is good reason why Stiklestad is known as the cradle of Norway, and that Nidaros Cathedral is Norway's national sanctuary.