One of the largest and most important cities in Norway, Trondheim is a major economical center, with some of the largest technical and medical research facilities in Norway, with both the NTNU and SINTEF making their headquarters here. It has been a major city since its first inception as a trading village back in 997 under the rule of the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, and was actually the capital of the country until 1217. As such, the city boasts a long line of Norwegian history going back over the years, adding to the charm of Trondheim with more than just architectural wonders, but also plenty of cultural and historical significance. The Trondheimsfjord, an inlet of the Norwegian Sea, was an important waterway in the Viking Age, as it is still today, and is the third longest in Norway. It stretches from Ørland in the west to Steinkjer in the north, passing the city of Trondheim on its way, and offering some natural beauty to explore there.
From the Nidaros Cathedral—considered the largest church in Northern Europe—to the overwhelming student population making up nearly 20% of the city’s 150,000 residents, Trondheim has quite a bit of boasting power at its disposal. Coming here is like taking a step back into Viking history, with plenty of wooden houses and ancient fortresses to go around, like the island fortress of Munkholmen, which is only accessible by boat, or Archbishop’s Palace and Stiftsgaarden, which is the King’s Residence. The city sits along the banks of the River Nidelva where it meets Trondheimsfjorden, and the natural harbor and sheltered conditions have partly attributed to the city’s importance over the years, and give it a special appeal during the summer months when everything is in full bloom and the coolness of the river makes for plenty of riverside activities. There are dozens of festivals throughout the summer months, so if you want to experience Norwegian life above and beyond the historical centers, this is the perfect place to do it. In addition, you have access to the surrounding countryside, and considering how far north the city is the summer nights can literally go on almost endlessly, making for an adventure that seems as though it will never end.