The Essential Trondheim Travel Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Explore This Vibrant Norwegian City With My Trondheim Travel Guide

Trondheim is one of Norway’s most historically and culturally significant cities. Situated along the Trondheim Fjord with its vibrant harbor, Trondheim charms visitors with its blend of medieval ambience and modern energy. As Norway’s first capital during the Viking age, Trondheim provides the ideal gateway to exploring the country’s history while also enjoying urban attractions. And it’s where I live, too.

My Trondheim travel guide page serves as a starting point to discover all that my city has to offer. Below you’ll find key highlights, travel tips, and links to detailed articles covering the top things to see, do, and experience in Trondheim.

An Overview of Trondheim’s Attractions

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As a compact city, Trondheim is very walkable and most key attractions are located close together. Here’s a quick overview of top sights and activities.

Historic Landmarks

  • The iconic Nidaros Cathedral stands as Trondheim’s most impressive landmark. This medieval Gothic cathedral was built over the burial site of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway.
  • Bakklandet serves as Trondheim’s charming “Old Town” with cobblestone streets and colorful wooden houses.
  • Gamle Bybro is an photogenic old bridge offering beautiful views along the river.

Check out this article for more about our historic landmarks


  • Learn about Trondheim’s musical heritage at the Ringve Museum, home to over 2000 instruments from around the world.
  • Sverresborg is an open-air folk museum covering local history, culture, and architecture.


  • Bymarka, the city’s own nature area, offers hiking, biking, and skiing trails right from downtown.
  • Take mini-cruises out to Munkholmen Island for scenic fjord views and history.

Food and Drink

  • Sample authentic Norwegian fare like raspeballer potato dumplings and klippfisk dried cod.
  • Relax at a harborfront cafe like Kafe Skuret to enjoy seafood dishes and local beer.

Getting to Trondheim

Trondheim Airport (TRD) has nonstop flights from destinations across Europe. Direct trains connect Trondheim and Oslo in around 6 hours. The compact city center is very walkable once you arrive.

Coming soon:

  • How to Get to Trondheim from Oslo, Bergen and Elsewhere

Top Trondheim Neighborhoods and Districts

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Beyond the medieval center, Trondheim has several neighborhoods worth exploring like vibrant Bakklandet, regenerated harbor Solsiden, and scenic Lade peninsula.

Things to Do in Trondheim

Whether you love history, music, art, nature, or food, Trondheim offers diverse attractions and activities to discover. Check out recommended top sights and experiences.

Coming soon:

  • 20 Top Things to Do in Trondheim, Norway

Where to Stay in Trondheim

With its university and central location, Trondheim has accommodation options ranging from hotels and guesthouses to budget hostels. Here are some top picks.

Coming soon:

  • Where to Stay in Trondheim: Hotels, Hostels, Guesthouses

Sample Trondheim Itinerary Ideas

Use these recommended Trondheim itineraries spanning from 1 day to a full week to plan your ideal trip length and schedule.

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  • Trondheim Itinerary: 1 Day, 2 Days, 1 Week

No matter your interests, Trondheim is sure to delight with its blend of historic charm and modern energy. Use this travel guide hub to start planning your Trondheim trip and make the most of your time exploring this vibrant Norwegian city.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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