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...]
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.
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...]
I keep my eyes on the major concerts, festivals and other big events happening around Norway so you don’t have to! Whether you're a resident of Trondheim or planning a trip, check out this guide to make the most of your time. Check out The List, Trondheim's new English language publication, for smaller concerts, events and exhibitions throughout the year. Trøndelag … [Read more...]
Undoubtedly the greatest benefit of being a freelancer is the ability to structure your working week however you want. I travel frequently for work but last week I was in Trondheim all week (a rarity these days!) and as such, was able to finish all my scheduled work by Thursday evening. To reward myself, I took Friday off! I was discussing the impending doom of the early winter with a few … [Read more...]
Fresh from our walk to Korsvika, Chris, Ben and I chose Trondheim's Bymarka as our destination for the next day's walk. The 80km² city forest contains 10 lakes, countless bogs, and over 200km of marked trails. Many of the trails are floodlit allowing for excellent cross-country skiing conditions in the winter. In the summer they make excellent walking trails, some suitable for whole families with … [Read more...]
When I first moved to Trondheim I spent entire days wandering the streets of the city to get familiar with the layout, find some interesting cafes and shops, and just get to know my new home. Since then, aside from the odd trip up to Bymarka, I've only really done my walking commute, from home to DIGS and (much less often) back again. So when Chris (his third stay with me in Norway, he's now … [Read more...]
A little over one year ago I quit my job, moved to Trondheim, and set up shop as a freelancer. Aside from how I would pay my bills and put bread on the table, my biggest concern was where exactly I would work. Freelancers - and writers and online publishers in particular - are famous for adopting the coffee shop culture, i.e. buying a latte and using the free wifi at their local coffee … [Read more...]
My fellow writer Whitney recently published a really popular guide for cruise ship visitors to Stavanger, which inspired me to write the same post all about my adopted home of Trondheim. While we don't receive as many cruise ship visitors as Stavanger does, Trondheim does welcome a surprising number. In 2013, 78,521 passengers visited Trondheim on a total of 49 ships. I often receive emails from … [Read more...]
This article originally appeared in the April 11, 2014 issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. Norway’s first capital has much to offer in a small town centre, from a gothic cathedral to bars and boutiques. Norway’s former viking capital is often ignored by tourists in favor of the fjords of Vestlandet and the bright lights of Oslo. However, a simple stroll around the compact city centre … [Read more...]