Trondheim, Norway’s historical capital, has played a central role in the nation’s history and many of the city’s popular attractions bear witness to its importance.
Nidarosdomen was built on the burial site of Olav the Holy, and was started upon in 1070, the best known attractions in Trondheim. Adjacent to the cathedral we find the Erkebispegården, the seat of the archbishop from the 1100s until the Reformation. Here we find, amongst other things, an archaeological museum and Norway’s Crown Jewels.
In 2010 the pilgrim route to Nidaros, known as St. Olav’s Way, was awarded status as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, in the same way as the well-known pilgrim destination Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Natural- and culture experiences all year round
The annual St. Olav Festival is Norway’s biggest religious and cultural festival. Events include exhibitions, plays and numerous concerts featuring international stars as well as national and local performers. The city also plays host to a jazz festival, a blues festival and a chamber music festival.
On Skaun the literature festival Kristin on Husaby has grown to become a full culture festival. On the program you find church concerts, historical markets, lectures, children’s performances, pilgrimage church service, art exhibitions. The Løkken Verk mine was closed a long time ago, but it continues to be of benefit to the locals. Deep inside the mountain is a hall, Fagerlisalen, a venue for spectacular concerts and other events.
Ringve is Norway’s national music and musical instrument museum and Sverresborg – Trøndelag Folk Museum is one of the country’s major outdoor museums. Rockheim, Trondheim’s newest attraction, is Norway’s national visitor centre for pop and rock and the NTNU Science Museum was voted Museum of the Year in 2010 and is definitely worth a visit. Orkla Industrial Museum presents the history of the region’s old industry. Norway’s first electric railway, Thamshavnsbanen, remains the region’s pride and still plays an active part in the presentation of history. The train journey in the original carriages from 1908 runs between Løkken Verk and Bårdshaug Herregård.
Fishing and hiking
The river Orkla is synonymous with salmon fishing. However, the Orkdal region is an ideal base for a variety of natural adventures. Meldal is the gateway to the Trollheimen mountains, and the mountains of Trollhetta and Resfjellet are also easy to access from here.
There’s plenty for the children to do in Trondheim, too. The Science Centre (Vitensenteret) is a visitor centre for popular science in Trondheim to suit the whole family. The Pirbadet is Trondheim biggest children- and family attraction, is an indoor water park where it is summer all year long.
This is something of what the Trondheim region offers you who wants a vacation of diverse experiences.
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