This year's St. Olav's Festival gets underway on 28 July. Every year, Trondheim welcomes back its residents from their long summer holidays for a festival of concerts, lectures, discussions, medieval stalls, pilgrimage, services and more. The 2017 edition of Olavsfestdagene - the St. Olav Festival - runs from 28 July to 5 August. The tradition of celebrating Olsok (St. Olav’s Day) is an old … [Read more...]
Living in Trondheim
Historic yet forward-looking, Trondheim is Norway's knowledge capital.
Historic Trondheim and its imposing Nidaros Cathedral attracted Christian pilgrims from all over northern Europe. As the former Viking capital of Norway, Trondheim is steeped in memories. Modern Trondheim still attracts people, but these days they’re more likely to be a student or a scientific researcher.
Trondheim is the largest city and regional capital of central Norway, with a population of around 175,000. The local economy is led by education and research. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), together with various research institutes and the University Hospital, attracts students, academics and researchers to Trondheim. Because of this, the city has a youthful feel to it with many bars and restaurants. The suburbs are almost exclusively residential, so those preferring a quiet life are well catered for too.
To Væresholmen peninsula and back to Trondheim. After walking Trondheim streets nonstop for a whole day, I couldn’t wait to leave the city centre and get lost in nature. And lose myself I did, and for a change, only metaphorically, as I managed to follow the exact route I had meticulously planned the night before. I thought that the best way to reach Ladestien, the fjord trail, would be to … [Read more...]
How to get professional advice on Norwegian law in Trondheim. Understanding the legal system in Norway can be a confusing, difficult and intimidating experience for expats, no matter how good your Norwegian. Yet new residents are often the ones most in need of legal counsel, for everything from settling immigration claims to understanding real estate law and employment contracts. Whilst … [Read more...]
Hipp Hipp Hurra! See photos from the Constitution Day parades in Trondheim. To experience a National Day is a sure-fire way to gain a deeper insight into the culture, wherever you are. The dress, food, music, colors and events of the day reveal so much about the character of a country that is usually hidden to visitors. Norway’s syttende mai is no exception. I have now spent six years in … [Read more...]
Video games, board games, virtual reality, co-working, shuffleboard and beer: The perfect storm? Open since 2016, Work-Work is a co-working space, gaming lab and bar in Trondheim city centre. It's also the host of events as varied as VR industry meetups, startup investor days, and pinball competitions. Who's in the house? Some of the companies and organisations with a presence there include the … [Read more...]
Physicist Stephen Hawking and astronaut Buzz Aldrin are among the world-famous names attending the Starmus science festival in Trondheim this summer. Some of humanity's greatest scientific thinkers will come to Trondheim from 18-23 June for the Starmus Science Festival, a unique global event that mixes scientific debate with live music. Top of the bill is famous physicist and mathematician … [Read more...]
Unmanned ships and robots are now being tested in the waters of Trondheim. It is autonomous cars that dominate the tech media, but one city in Norway is making waves in the shipping industry. Trondheim's test site is in a quiet harbour and fjord, and as such it offers open water with relatively low shipping traffic and a safe place to test out the new technologies. Opened last year, the test … [Read more...]
Join me on a wander around Trondheim after a fresh March snowfall I posted a picture on Facebook of Trondheim after some fresh snowfall earlier in the week and it went crazy, attracting more than 1,000 likes, and counting. So, I guess that means you'd all like to see some more! Snow in March is commonplace in Norway. It's prime skiing time. Although we've not had huge amounts of snow this … [Read more...]
From Autumn 2019, Trondheim gets a new public transport system. The new system is designed around the concept of super buses to move more people, more quickly, between important parts of the city. It is cheaper to implement and more flexible to run than an expanded tram network, which had been discussed in Trondheim's political circles for many years. A hub and spoke model will see some … [Read more...]
City Centre The Nidelva river loops right around the city centre, almost separating it from the rest of Trondheim. This city centre is small and compact, easy to navigate on foot thanks to the imposing cathedral. The area is almost exclusively commercial, but some residential lets can be found above commercial properties or in expensive warehouse conversions. Central & Eastern Trondheim The … [Read more...]
Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag are to merge to create a new county named Trøndelag, following a meeting of county officials in Stiklestad last month. The change, which is subject to Parliamentary approval, is planned for January 2018. Currently, Norway is divided into 19 fylker (counties). In addition to Nord- and Sør-Trøndelag, there is Østfold, Akershus, Oslo, Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, … [Read more...]
This week the skies above Trondheim exploded with colour as the northern lights season kicked off in spectacular fashion. Catching the northern lights in Trondheim isn't something that happens every day. It's a rare event even this far north and I normally manage to catch the lights just once or twice during a year. As you'll see from previous articles on how to see the northern lights, … [Read more...]
In the near future Trondheim's central area will be home to a super campus of an expanded Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) The announcement wasn't exactly a surprise. Currently, thousands of students and staff work at the Dragvoll campus on the edge of the city, with many more spread out at different locations across the city's suburbs. Last year, the consultancy Rambøll … [Read more...]
Last weekend's changing of the clocks marked the start of my favourite time of year in Norway: the transition from the long winter into spring. During this time the days become noticeably longer, leaves return to the trees, flowers come out to bloom, and everyone is a couple of notches happier as we race towards constitution day on May 17. It's not an easy transition though. On Thursday, I awoke … [Read more...]
Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley are to visit Trondheim in March for the Technoport 2015 innovation conference. Speakers from Silicon Valley include Nolan Bushnell, the founder of the Atari Corporation and founding father of the global video game industry, Samantha Quist, an early Product Marketing Manager at Google who now works to inspire young women into entrepreneurship, and … [Read more...]