Is Trondheim Worth Visiting? The Allure of Norway’s Old Capital

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Is Trondheim worth visiting?

Trondheim is definitely worth visiting. To make the most of your visit, explore this inviting city on foot to fully immerse yourself in its charm and to discover its highlights.

Having lived in Norway over the years, in the pretty village of Skudeneshavn, we’ve been fortunate to road trip much of the country, visiting many of its iconic locations and witnessing its beauty for ourselves.

Based on this, we want to share why the answer to whether Trondheim is worth visiting is a resounding yes.

We have navigated many of Norway’s scenic routes, hiked its mountains, photographed its spectacular scenery, mesmerised by her Northern Lights and delved deep into its rich Viking history.

Join us as we guide you through the streets of Trondheim, as we share practical tips and personal insights, so your time and money spent in Trondheim is well worth it.

👀 Great Reasons to Visit Trondheim 👀

Trondheim, a city steeped in history and brimming with culture, offers any visitor an array of memorable experiences.

  • Bakklandet: The heart of old Trondheim, known for its charming wooden buildings and picturesque streets lined with cafes and boutiques.
  • Trondheim Wharves: Iconic 18th-century warehouses along the Nidelva River, offering stunning views and a glimpse into the city’s trading history.
  • Gamle Bybro: Also known as the Old Town Bridge or “Portal of Happiness,” this historic bridge offers a beautiful vantage point of the river and the city.
  • Stiftsgardsparken: The largest wooden palace in Scandinavia, once the coronation site of Norwegian monarchs and now a lush public park.
  • Nidaros Cathedral: A monumental church with deep historical roots, famed for its stunning architecture and as the burial site of St. Olav.
  • Kongens Gate: A lively street featuring a mix of historic architecture, modern cafes, and bustling business activity.
  • Var Frue Kirke (Our Lady Church): One of the oldest buildings in Trondheim, offering peace and refuge in the heart of the city.
  • Monuments and Statues: From the regal King Haakon VII Statue to the intriguing Den Siste Viking, the city’s statues add character and narrate stories of past heroes.
Pretty Trondheim ©Lifejourney4two

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Map of Trondheim Attractions

Trondheim, Norway – So Many Great Reasons To Visit

Founded in 977 AD by King Olaf I, Trondheim, the old capital of Norway, is a city steeped in history and culture.

Traditionally known as the coronation city for Norway’s kings, it offers a unique glimpse into the past. Today, it stands as Norway’s third-largest city with a vibrant population of 190,000, of which 15% are students, contributing to its lively atmosphere.

Trondheim is located in central Norway, 550 km south of the Arctic Circle and 650 km from Bergen. If you’re road-tripping north from Bergen, Trondheim is worth adding to your itinerary.

However, a short one-hour flight from either Oslo, the country’s capital or Bergen may be a better option for some.

Whatever means you use to get to Trondheim; you’ll be able to witness this city’s seamless blend of rich historical heritage and colourful, modern vibe. This is what gave us such a lasting impression of Trondheim.

There’s much to see in Trondheim ©Lifejourney4two

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Bakklandet, the ‘gamle’ (meaning ‘old’) city of Trondheim, is home to many old 17th-century wooden houses that were once the homes of the working class. This area covers about 800 square metres.

These dwellings have been tastefully restored and painted in vibrant colours.

Bakklandet is a popular part of town, with its buzzing residential area of boutique shops and inviting cafes. It’s postcard-perfect.

Bakklandet – a pretty part of Trondheim ©Lifejourney4two
Bakklandet ©Lifejourney4two

Trondheim Wharves

The old, colourful warehouses of Trondheim Wharf date to the 18th century and front each other across the Nidelva River.

Interestingly, the wharves were used as defences for the city. Accessways and barriers were built for people who could place themselves close enough to throw stones at marauding ships.

Small paths and streets run between the buildings and down to the wharves, providing access to this pretty waterfront. Each warehouse is a different colour from its neighbour, making it easy to admire and a great photo opportunity.

If you’re short on photography inspiration, I’ve got you covered with my road trip photography article.

Trondheim wharves and defences ©Lifejourney4two
Gamle Bybro and Trondheim wharves ©Lifejourney4two
Trondheim’s colourful waterfront buildings ©Lifejourney4two
Trondheim’s colourful waterfront buildings ©Lifejourney4two

Gamle Bybro

Gamle Bybro, built in 1681, is known as the Old Town Bridge. This bridge used to have manned sentry posts at each end of the bridge, which doubled as an excise (tax) building.

Now, only the tax building on the western end remains.

A guarded city gate stood in the middle of the bridge. From here, you have the best views of the wharves and buildings hugging the shoreline on each side of the Nidelven River.

While you may get lost in this beautiful view, be mindful of cyclists who buzz by you on the bridge cycle path. We were caught out a couple of times.

Gamle Bybro in Trondheim ©Lifejourney4two
Gamle Bybro portals ©Lifejourney4two

The townspeople have nicknamed Gamle Bybro, the “Portal of Happiness”, which translates in Norwegian to “Lykkens Portal”. Yes, our happiness in Trondheim was definitely peaking.

Gamle Bybro and Trondheim wharves ©Lifejourney4two
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Stiftsgardsparken is the largest wooden palace in Scandinavia and the king’s summer residence. Coronations were held here until 1906.

It was originally built as a private residence around 1775 and later sold in 1800 to the diocese and is now owned by the state. However, Stiftsgardsparken is still used by the Royal Family when they visit Trondheim.

During Summer, from June to August, you can enter Stiftsgardsparken only by joining a guided tour. Its beautifully manicured gardens and stylish buildings can be enjoyed from the park without paying to enter its gates.

Stiftsgardsparken – the Summer Palace ©Lifejourney4two
Stiftsgardsparken ©Lifejourney4two

Nidaros Cathedral

Nidaros Cathedral has a long history of suffering, having been damaged and rebuilt many times since its inauguration in the 11th century.

Norwegian King Olav Haraldsson II, a patron saint, is buried under the altar. Many miracles are attributed to him. Following his rise to sainthood, he was known as Olav the Holy.

In centuries past, Christian pilgrims journeyed worldwide to visit Nidaros Cathedral. The western facade of Nidaros Cathedral has many sculptures, including biblical figures, kings, and saints.

Nidaros Cathedral ©Lifejourney4two
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim ©Lifejourney4two
Trondheim’s ornate Nidaros Cathedral ©Lifejourney4two

Kongens Gate

Kongen’s Gate is a street in Trondheim with many old-styled and interesting buildings. It was built after the great fire of 1681 and today is reborn as a popular cafe and business area within the city.

The colours of the different buildings are warm and inviting. Kongens Gate feels like its extending a warm welcome to you. The cobblestone streets and coloured wooden buildings make it a fairytale setting.

There are many wonderful photographic opportunities to be had on this walk.

Kongens Gate ©Lifejourney4two
Beautifully styled buildings in Trondheim ©Lifejourney4two
Kongens Gate Cafes ©Lifejourney4two

Var Frue Kirke

Var Frue Kirke, known as Our Lady Church, is one of Trondheim’s oldest structures and a famous landmark in the city. Built in the 12th century, this stone church has undergone many re-constructions but retains all its charm.

The church not only holds services but, importantly, functions as a shelter for those needing assistance.

Var-Frue-Kirke, Trondheim
Var Frue Kirke, near to Kongens Gate ©Lifejourney4two
Var Frue Kirke ©Lifejourney4two
Frontage on Var Frue Kirke ©Lifejourney4two

Monuments and Statues in Trondheim

Trondheim’s rich history and culture is vividly reflected in its monuments and statues, each telling a story of the city’s past and present.

Exploring each of these unique tributes provides a deeper understanding of Trondheim’s past that helps to explain how the city has been shaped the city over the centuries. Yet, another great reason to visit Trondheim.

Reference the map at the top of this article for the locations within Trondheim.

King Haakon VII statue:

Located in Stiftsgårdeparken, this statue symbolizes the enduring legacy of a monarch deeply rooted in his people and the city’s rich history. On 18 November 1905, the Storting elected Prince Carl as King of Norway. 

The Late King Olav V statue in Bakklandet ©Lifejourney4two

Wolf statue:

This bronze statue of a male wolf, originally a plaster figure from 1931, was placed outside the Art Museum of Trondheim in Bispegata in 1970. The statue was crafted by artist Dyre Vaa.

Wolf-statue in-Trondheim
Wolf statue ©Lifejourney4two

Peter Tordenskjold statue:

Created in 1860, this bronze statue commemorates the Norwegian-Danish naval hero Peter Wessel Tordenskiold and showcases his renowned maritime exploits.

Peter Tordenskjold Statue ©Lifejourney4two

Studenten i den gamle stad statue:

Known as “The Student in the Old City,” this statue was unveiled in 1996 to honour Trondheim’s legacy as a historic university city.

Studenten i den gamle stad statue
Studenten i den gamle stad statue ©Lifejourney4two

Olav Tryggvason statue:

Erected to commemorate the founder of Trondheim, Olav Tryggvason, who ruled from 960 to 1000 AD and was the great-grandson of Harald Fairhair. This statue is a testament to his influential role in the city’s establishment.

olav-tryggvason statue
Olav Tryggvason statue ©Lifejourney4two

Arve Tellefsen statue:

Arve Tellefsen is an award-winning Norwegian violinist who is renowned worldwide. He often plays alongside orchestras throughout Europe.

Statue of Arve Tellefsen-
Statue of Arve Tellefsen ©Lifejourney4two


Hjalmar (Hjallis) Johan Andersen was a Norwegian speed skater who won three gold medals at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo and was the only triple gold medalist. Statues of Hjallis are also erected in Oslo, Hamar and Rødøy.

Trondheim’s sculpture of Hjalmar Andersen ©Lifejourney4two

Ravnkloa clock:

Positioned near the Den Siste Viking statue, the Ravnkloa Clock marks time in one of the city’s oldest quarters.

Ravnkloa clock
Ravnkloa clock, Trondheim ©Lifejourney4two

Den Siste Viking:

This statue, inspired by the bravery and resilience of Norwegian fishermen, is known as the Last Viking.

It stands prominently in the old Trondheim port area among wooden fishing boats and cobblestone roads, embodying the spirit of Norway’s maritime heritage.

Den siste viking
Den Siste Viking ©Lifejourney4two

Crowned Deer in Leap:

Installed in 1983, this sculpture is located at the corner of Munkegata and Erling Skakkes gate, adding a touch of nature’s elegance to the urban landscape.

Trondheim deer statue ©Lifejourney4two

Accommodation Options in Trondheim

Trondheim caters for all accommodation budgets.

Here are three great options: budget-friendly, mid-range, and luxury. All have been highly rated by previous guests and include breakfast.

Budget Accommodation Option

Comfort inn trondheim budget

Comfort Inn

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very Good
✔️ Excellent Location
✔️ Breakfast Included
✔️ Free Wifi

Mid-Range Accommodation Option

Trondheim mid range Radisson

Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very Good
✔️Great Location
✔️ Cooked Breakfast
✔️ Free Wifi

Luxury Accommodation Option


Britannia Hotel

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Superb
✔️ Indoor Swimming Pool
✔️ Breakfast Included
✔️ Free Wifi

Travelling Further Into Norway?

Trondheim is a great location to launch further adventures into Norway. Whether you go north or south, there is much to see.

Either way, we’ve got you covered with these comprehensive road trip articles.

Heading North: You’ll want to read our Trondheim to Bodø road trip article.

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Heading South: Our Bergen to Trondheim road trip article is packed with great things to see.

bergen to trondheim road trip map

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many days in Trondheim?

Two days in Trondheim is the perfect amount of time to fully absorb all it has to offer for an unhurried and more enjoyable experience.

2. What is special about Trondheim?

Trondheim is special because it seamlessly blends historical attractions with modern conveniences. The old city, with its cobbled stone streets and vibrantly coloured buildings, all found within close proximity, is a real drawcard for any visitor.

3. Is Trondheim beautiful?

Trondheim is indeed a beautiful city with its vibrantly coloured old city buildings and cobbled-stoned streets hugging the Nidelva River.

4. Is Trondheim a nice city?

Trondheim can be considered a very nice city. Its location in the north of Norway isolates it from the masses of tourists in other parts of Norway, making a visit to Trondheim a more intimate experience. The old city perfectly blends its historical past with a modern present.

Is Trondheim Worth Visiting … That’s a Wrap

Well, I trust you can see that Trondheim is definitely worth visiting. It seamlessly combines historical charm with vibrant contemporary life, offering visitors a wonderful mix of experiences.

From the quaint streets of Bakklandet to the iconic Nidaros Cathedral and its vibrantly coloured warehouses, Trondheim is a city that captivates and delights, ensuring your visit will be both memorable and rewarding.

We admire Trondheim most for its bright, colourful buildings, the preservation of its historical attractions and the alluring feel of the old city. This is reflected in the photos of our visit.

A visit to Trondheim should be on every visitor’s itinerary.

Have you visited Trondheim? What were your favourite attractions? Drop us a comment below.

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Lars, grew up in the Australian countryside and discovered his love for nature early on. Leaving Australia at 20, he began a life of travel and exploration. As a co-owner of Lifejourney4two with Shelley, Lars captures their journeys through his photography. Join him here and see the world through his lens.

2 thoughts on “Is Trondheim Worth Visiting? The Allure of Norway’s Old Capital”

  1. You are an absolutely amazing couple. I love reading all about your adventures. I think I need two or three lives to visit places you have been. I have travelled extensively but there is SO much to see in our beautiful world. I admire your sense of adventure

    • Ah gee that’s really lovely of you to say that Carmelia. Looking back I guess we have seen a few places and as you mention there’s much to see in this wide world. We aren’t slowing down yet and I’m glad you enjoy our adventures. Warm regards, Lars and Shelley,


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