As Norway’s first capital, Trondheim is an intriguing blend of ancient history and modern Scandinavian appeal. It’s the country’s third most populous municipality and serves up a dynamic urban scene to match. Cafes, bars, and restaurants stream out onto the wide streets, with a partly pedestrianised centre creating a chic European ambience.
A large student population fuels the city and gives it a distinctly creative feel. The Trondheim Museum of Arts houses both classic and contemporary masterpieces, the Royal Residence is Scandinavia’s largest wooden palace, while the Old Town Bridge throws back to the city’s 17th century roots. The towering Nidaros Cathedral lies at the heart of it all and is considered Norway’s national sanctuary. For those who value the present over the past, the SINTEF science research centre is pioneering some of the world's most important eco-friendly technologies.
A variety of airlines service Trondheim International Airport, with direct connections to major European cities. The city is also linked by major railway networks that connect it to Oslo, Sweden, and other hubs. When it comes to local transport, the Trondheim’s tram network is loved by locals and tourists alike. The 8.8 kilometre Gråkallen Line route is the northernmost tramway line in the world, with stops throughout the city. The AtB bus network is also a fast and affordable way to get around. If arriving by road, the European route E6 highway passes through Trondheim city centre, with bypasses along the eastern rim.
Founded as a trading post in 997, Trondheim served as the capital of Norway for a large chunk of the Viking Age. Nidaros Cathedral was one of the most storied Christian pilgrimage sites during the Middle Ages, with pilgrims travelling across Scandinavia to worship at the iconic Gothic monument.