6 Trondheim
Some things to do in Norway's former capital
Hurtigruten vessels spend some hours in Trondheim - formerly known as Nidaros - giving you the chance to explore.

A bus service is available from Pirterminalen (near the Hurtigruten quay) to the town centre. However by the time you have walked to the stop it is not much further to the edge of town. On foot the town centre is perhaps 20, the Cathedral 30 minutes from the ship.

Suggested walking route from the ship
After passing under the railway turn right into Fjordgata after crossing the water. Follow this past old warehouses. It bends left and will lead you into Munkegata, which is one of the main shopping streets (other shopping areas to the left). At Torget there is the Information Centre and a large shopping precinct. Munkegata leads on to the Cathedral.

From the Cathedral go east along Bispegata, this bends left into Kjøpmannsgata which leads back to the quay past even older warehouses. Alternatively use Gamle Bybro (Old Town Bridge) to cross Nidelva into Bakklandet, an area of old wooden houses. Turn left and follow Nygata, turn left onto Bakke Bru bridge, then right for the ship.

Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace
Nidaros Domkirke is worth a visit. It is not what it seems as it is essentially a C12th building which became ruinous in the C15th and then was rebuilt and extended. The stained glass is superb. Opening hours are limited in the winter. The toilets to the west of the building are free!

Next to it is Erkebispegården, dating from about 1170. Museum opening hours are unfriendly to Hurtigruten passengers, but you can see the outside.

Vår Frue Kirke on Dronningens gate looks interesting but is never open at times when Hurtigruten vessels are in dock.

Wooden houses, old forts
Trondheim has many wooden buildings with intriguing alleys left. Stiftsgården on Munkegata (but best seen from gardens off Dronningens gate) is the royal residence in Trondheim. There are claims that it is the largest wood palace/building in Scandinavia/Norway - whichever is correct it is certainly big!

Just west of the town centre along Kongens gate is Hospitalsløkka, an area of old buildings around Hospitalkirken, an octagonal timber church. A little further on is Skansen, an old stronghold with remains of the town walls.

From Bakklandet you can climb up the hill along Brubakken (site of the famous bicycle lift!) to Kristiansten festning, a fort built around 1685. The fort offers good views and is open most times during the day but buildings are only open in summer.

Anorak's delight
Trondheim has one tram route. This runs from St Olavs gate just west of the centre for about five miles to the country park at Lian. Services are frequent (timetable and other stuff in links on Page L2) and you should allow about an hour for the round trip. As well as going through Hospitalsløkka and out into the countryside you get some good views from the higher ground. Even normal people might enjoy the ride.

More information and pictures
See external links Page L2 for Trondheim Information Centre, which will be willing to send you maps and guides, also other relevant websites. Try Page L3 for internet map sites to help you find your way round.

Pictures we took in Trondheim are here.

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