#20: Cut down on the BBQ sauce

BBQ seems like a nice way of spending sunny summer evening, but is also a challenge in following my healthy diet. I will definitely go for good quality meat and cut down on the bread and other carbs, as well as the BBQ sauce this summer. I kind of feel like trying something new so might actually end up eating steak with grilled courgette, as I heard it’s delicious.

Words by Simen Leite, Member at MMA Trondheim


#16: Get the Fresh Fish

Freediving makes the delicious bounties of the ocean accessible to anyone who’s not afraid to get wet. Snorkeling and shallow diving for crabs, scallops and other shells is a rewarding challenge for beginners. Many freedivers hunt fish with spear guns, which is both challenging and exciting. It’s arguably also the most humane and sustainable way to obtain fish, when done responsibly. Trondheim fridykkerklubb runs several freediving courses at different levels every year. Visit trdfridykk.no for more information.

Words and Photo by Bendik Slyngstad, Mermaid at Trondheim fridykkerklubb

Trondheim’s Free Diving Club

Fishing in the Trondheim Fjord (norsk)

#18: What you should know about

Grilling is something of a national pastime here in Norway…at least when the weather cooperates. Before you fire up that grill there are a few things to keep in mind: because of the heightened fire danger in wooded areas, open flames such as grills and fire pits, are forbidden to use unless there has been heavy rain in the area. They are permitted to use in your own yard/property, but it is best to check local regulations before throwin’ a few shrimps on the…’en gangs grill’. Also, remember to never throw a hot grill or coals in a trashcan or anywhere else with flammable materials. Trondheim is full of great places to set up the grill; there are plenty of parks and open spaces in the city and the surrounding areas. There are some great locations down by the fjord and out of town (Midtsandtangen Friluftsområde for example). The excuse of grilling can be great motivation to explore our city and find a new favourite corner.

Words by Bradley Kurtz

Trondheim’s Central Fire Command

#19: Veggie Option


One of our favourite things to do in the summer is chill out in one of Trondheim’s many parks, fire up the grill, and get some awesome vegan food sizzling away. Don’t know where to start? No problem! The range of vegan products available has massively expanded. Why not try Grønne Folks beetroot burgers from Rema 1000, or stop by Etikken who have a range of vegan BBQ food that you won’t find elsewhere in Trondheim. Our personal favourites are the ‘Real Jumbos’ and ‘Toscaninis’ sausages; both are perfect in combination with an ice-cold beer and the Trondheim sun!

Words by Emma Jarvis, Founder at Trondheim Vegan Fair

Photo by Hanna Nielsen

Trondheim Vegan Fair

The Svartlamon Neighbourhood

#25: Olavsfestdagene


Olavsfestdagene fills Trondheim with festivity, street life, concerts, lectures, and services every summer.  St. Olav’s festival (this is how we can translate it to English) commemorates Olav Haraldsson who died in the battle at Stiklestad in 1030 when trying to bring Christianity to Norway.  Sainted Olav remained a symbol of the town, which turned into an important site for pilgrims. The purpose of St. Olav Festival is to strengthen Trondheim as a national ecclesiastical and cultural center. Miljøpakken plays a modest role at the festival by offering free and safe bicycle parking every year. The parking hotel in a close proximity to Erkebispegården is popular among participants who travel to town by bike. Trondheim is a relatively compact city. 140,000 can cycle to Olavsfestdagene and return home in less than one hour if they choose to ride a bike. Olavsfestdagene wants to make Trondheim visible as a place that values inclusivity and embraces everyone. Miljøpakken wants to make Trondheim a role model as a brave city fighting climate change. I am looking forward to experience the great atmosphere of the festival and particularly concerts in Erkebispegården.

Words by Hans Kringstad, Communications advisor at Trondheim kommune

Photo by Wil Lee-Wright

Olavsfestdagene 2017

Anno i Erkebispegården (Historical Trades TV show)

Nidarosdomen (Nidaros Cathedral Information)

#81: A Run with a View


This run is so scenic it tempts both fitness-buffs and leisurely Sunday joggers in equal measure. Begin your route from Bakke Bro and head for Bakklandet with its old-worldy charm (watch out for the cobbled street and bundles of tourists!) and continue along Nidelven taking in the majestic cathedral. Hang a right at the pedestrian bridge by Ila church, keeping your eye out for otters and continue over Skansen to the marina and swing bridge. Run along the ocean walkway, soak up the fresh sea air and enjoy the distraction of Munkholmen and wonderful art along the promenade. When you approach Brattøra you will take the bridge over the train tracks, turn left and follow the canal to cross the architecturally pleasing Blomsterbroen over to the ‘Sunny Side’. Once at Solsiden turn right at the bridge by the crane and you are on the home stretch for a coffee at Jacobsen and Svart and hey presto – cardio completed!

Total length – flat & easy 5.5km

Words by Sarah Rose Jones, Owner & Instructor at Pilates Trondheim

Photo by Sally Glogowski

A bit on Bakkelandet

Historisk Bakkelandet (norsk)

#39: Rake


I am really looking forward to seeing the exhibition Arms of the Ocean with artist Ellen Sofie Griegel at RAKE Visningsrom, which is up until 13 August. The exhibition examines the poetic, visual, symbolic and physical characteristics of water. The works in the exhibition are site specific since they take their point of departure in RAKE Visningsrom’s location, using the water in Trondheim’s fjord as material.

Words by Katrine Elise Pedersen, Assistant Curator at Kunsthall Trondheim

Photo by Reidun Synnøve Gravelseter

Rake Website

#44: Along Hansbakkfjæra

My favorite walk is along a scenic stretch of the Pilgrim’s Way that follows the fjord from Hansbakken to the Grillstad Marina. From Ranheimsvegen 230, head towards the coast, cross the little footbridge over the train tracks and take in the amazing view of the fjord.  Follow the path towards Trondheim, passing beaches, boathouses, backyard gardens, a fingerling forest, and footbridges over creeks and marshland. You will see shore birds galore, and if you are lucky, perhaps a cormorant drying his feathers on the old piers, or my favourites the oystercatchers! Plenty of places to picnic along the way, and great for bikes as well.

Words and photo by Megan Eymann Smalø, Founder of Pinnsvin Crossing

#27: Coffee, Swim and Modern Architecture

Sjøbadet in Trondheim is situated along the new promenade from Brattøra to Skansen, and it is the perfect spot for both sunbathing and swimming on a hot summer day. Its one of very few places with an excellent diving tower and a staircase past the otherwise frequently annoying seaweed. There are separate sections for men and women as well as a common area, so nude or not you can find your spot in the sun. The bath is as well a study worth for anyone interested in modern architecture, and last but not least: they sell coffee, Solo and excellent waffles. Come, swim!

Words by Ragnhild Førde, Founder at Ragnhild Førde Arkitektur

Photo by Sara Husby

#78: Easy Breezy

When the sun warms the air and you long for a cool breeze what better place to seek out than the seaside? In Trondheim we are blessed with 15km of bike lane, right next to the fjord; all the way from Ilsvika, taking you along Strandpromenaden and Ladestien, to Grilstadfjæra. Turn biped to bicycle and ride easy while taking in the view. That breeze is waiting for you!

Words by Matias Bretteville-Jensen, Head of Sales at The List

Photo by Katarzyna Gąsiorek