A quick search in my Photos app reveals I’ve taken more than 2,000 photos in Trondheim since I moved here in 2013. It’s time to share some of them! Won’t you come on a walk with me?
Offering terrific views down the Nidelva river, the Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybro) is one of the most popular spots for photography. Constructed from 1681 to 1685 when Norway was in union with Denmark, the bridge held strategic military significance.
Just a few steps from the Old Town Bridge is the bicycle lift. Locals (and I class myself as one these days!) are greatly amused that this functional, useful assistance for Trondheim’s large cycling community has become something of a tourist attraction.
Lining both sides of the river are these gorgeous old wooden buildings, originally trading houses but now home to boutiques, offices, restaurants and apartments.
Old alleyways are dotted all across Trondheim’s central area, but Bakklandet feels most like an “Old Town” thanks to its wooden houses and cobbled streets. The neighbourhood is especially pleasant in the summer when a cosmopolitan cafe culture invades the streets. Ice cream, coffee and cyclists everywhere!
The number one sight for so many visitors, Nidaros Cathedral is the world’s northernmost medieval cathedral. Its iconic sculpture-laden west front is known the world over. It’s especially pretty when floodlit during winter evenings, although my favourite time to stop by is for lunch on one of the many benches opposite the west front.
During the summer months many cruise ships call at Trondheim and flood our compact city centre with visitors for a few hours. Occasionally these ships dwarf everything around them, in this case the massive Adventure of the Seas.
In the middle of December each year, Trondheim’s market square (Torvet) is transformed into a winter wonderland with a Christmas market. This particular year, the snow gave the festival some added “atmosphere!”
Snow quickly disappears from the city centre and you’re more likely to encounter ice and slush than wading through the white stuff. Unless you’re caught in the thick of it, of course!
The city’s former shipyard (Trondhjems Mekaniske Værksted, closed in 1983) is now a modern waterside district comprising (yes you guessed it) shops, restaurants, bars, offices and apartments. Solsiden is a real suntrap during the summer.
Trondheim’s autumn season lasts just a few weeks but what a few weeks they are as the city turns golden.