Byvandring – explore Trondheim this spring

The range of things to do in Trondheim is bigger than you would expect for a city of this size. With a population of 185,000, Trondheim is not a big city on a European scale. However, it is the third largest in Norway. The city was founded in 997 AD, and was called Nidaros until the Middle Ages. Trondheim was the capital of Norway from 1030 – 1217, and has played an important role in Norway’s history. If you are visiting Trondheim for a short time, or staying here long term and just want tips on what to do for the day, here are a few tips from the Tourist Information Office.
(photo above of Bryggene by Knut Aage Dahl)

Svartlamoen - photo by Øyvind Blomstereng
Svartlamoen – photo by Øyvind Blomstereng

Lademoen and Svartla’mon
Lademoen is a densely populated residential area east of the city centre. The buildings were originally workmen’s houses. Svartlamoen consists of old wooden buildings and is considered an ‘alternative’ area. This area is characterized by art, including a large outdoor wall painting by Håkon Bleken and Håkon Gullvåt, two of Norway’s best known artists (see our feature on Street Art, pages 24-27). Lademoen church is surrounded by a beautiful park, which is often frequented by the locals.

Hospitalsløkka- photo by Jørn Adde
Hospitalsløkka- photo by Jørn Adde

The Old Trondhjem Hospital founded in 1277 is the oldest social institution in Scandinavia. The surrounding area, Hospitalsløkkan, is characterized by old wooden houses and is mostly a residential area. Hospitalskirken (the hospital church) dates from 1705. It was Norway’s first octagonal wooden church.

The Old Alleys - photo by Øyvind Blomstereng
The Old Alleys – photo by Øyvind Blomstereng

The old alleys
The modern day street plan is the result of the Cicignon plan of 1681. Yet, some of the medieval streets – Veitene – survive as alleys snaking between the broad and straight main streets. Among the oldest alleys are Apotekerveita, St. Jørgensveita and Sommerveita. (See map page 62, start at Nidarosdomen: St. Jørgensveita runs between Bispegate and Erling Skakkes Gate).

Ilabekken - photo Øyvind Schei Trondheim Bymarka
Ilabekken – photo Øyvind Schei

Ilabekken the hidden road up to Bymarka
If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Bymarka is not far off. This huge nature reserve just west of the city centre is perfect for families, couples or lone hikers. Walk from the centre for about an hour passing by waterfalls and wooden stairways up to lake Theisendammen.

Bakklandet Skydsstation Restaurant - photo press
Bakklandet Skydsstation Restaurant – photo press

If you cross over the Old Town Bridge and through the “Portal of Joy”, you’ll arrive at Bakklandet. Known as Trondheim’s old town, Bakklandet’s street are lined with old, colourful and picturesque houses. Here you will find cafés, restaurants and local shops. You can also try the Trampe bicycle lift, the first one in the world of its kind.

Cycling along the waterfront - photo by Marius Rua
Cycling along the waterfront – photo by Marius Rua

Trondheim along the waterfront
If you are by bike, or by foot, the route downtown Trondheim is perfect for the whole family. If you start at Rockheim music museum at Brattøra you can enjoy the great view of the Trondheim Fjord, and Munkholmen Island. Continue to Skansen and Ila before heading down by the Nidelva and across to historic Bakklandet. There are great views of the old buildings, the Nidaros Cathedral and Kristiansten Fortress when you walk along the river.

Nordre Gate in the Spring - photo by Øyvind Blomstereng
Nordre Gate in the Spring – photo by Øyvind Blomstereng

Nordre gate
If you want to feel the city life, you take a walk down the main pedestrian shopping street in Trondheim. Whether you want to shop, visit a café or listen to one of the many street musicians, this is the place to be. This is also the street you find the tourist information office.

This was a guest blog post by Monica Selnes, Tourist Info Manager at Visit Trondheim. For more inspirational tips and hidden gems pop in and see Monica and her team at Visit Trondheim’s visitor centre, Nordre gt 11. Trondheim. Tel: +47 73 80 76 60.