Where the fusion of history, arts, technology and green initiatives ignite a culture of innovation and rich tradition. Trondheim stands out with its progressive nature and vibrant city life, while still embodying its small town heart. It is known for many exciting traits, for instance, it was the Viking capital of Norway. However, before the Pilgrims and the Viking Age, people were drawn to the region by the seafood rich fjords and vast mountains filled with wildlife and some of the most fertile soil in the country.

Today, Trondheim is bustling with youth and fresh ideas, a booming tech community, and cutting edge start-up incubators and coworking spaces. This is due in large part to being the home of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the largest university in Norway. Through its strategic research in areas such as energy, health, oceans, and sustainability, NTNU addresses many challenges of great importance to society. And the young minds of the 40,000 student body play a large role in facilitating a myriad of enriching cultural events and activities around the city.

Trondheim – Home of Nordic Flavours

A worthwhile pilgrimage for foodies, Trondheim is the ultimate culinary experience. With a wide selection of local coffee shops, charming cafes, delectable eateries, and microbreweries, you won’t run out of options. There is a strong culture for mixing locally sourced ingredients with bright new ideas, such as Michelin Star restaurants Speilsalen, Credo and Fagn or farm to table fusions like The Crab, Kraft Bodega, Troll, To Rom og Kjøkken and Sellanraa Bok & Bar. Small and big game, lamb, shellfish, salmon and other seafood, and berries are all specialties from the Trondheim region.

Fagn Restaurant. Foto: Marius Rua

Accomodation in Trondheim

For a more luxurious experience, book a few nights stay at the newly renovated Five Star Hotel, Britannia. Surrounded by elegance and plush design, you can book a relaxing spa day, take a cooking course with one of their seasoned chefs or dine at one of several restaurants on the premises. Britannia located right in the centre of town, you are within walking distance to many wonderful sites and attractions. Stroll through the colourful and charmingly picturesque neighbourhood of Bakklandet, stopping for the perfect photo opp on the Old Town Bridge. Swing by Trondheim’s Kunstmuseum to admire the extensive collection of Norwegian, international and contemporary art exhibitions. Peruse shops like Carma, Bogart.Cosmo, Shine or Retro for your refined fashion fix.

Britannia Hotel. Foto: Dreyer Hensley

Nidaros Cathedral

If that’s not enough, take in the rich history of the 11th century by touring the famed Nidaros Cathedral and witness its remarkable Gothic facade. The cathedral is the national sanctuary of Norway, built over the grave of St. Olav. Saint Olav’s holy shrine in the Nidaros Cathedral has been an important pilgrimage site ever since the former Viking king Olaf II Haraldsson was canonised in 1031, and it is still a treasured destination for pilgrims from all over the world. The site that started as a simple wooden chapel over the saint’s grave evolved over time into a magnificent cathedral.

photo: mykola ksenofontov

And if you love the outdoors, there is an abundance of wilderness and breathtaking nature just beyond the city’s edges in Bymarka. This scenic area is ideal for hiking or cross-country skiing in the winter months, with an array of marked trails criss-crossing the reserve, leading to spectacular viewpoints, charming rest areas and cosy cabins offering food and refreshments. Explore Trondheim, Norway’s historic capital, and the home of Nordic flavours.

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