A Photo Tour of Downtown Trondheim

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Old Town Bridge in Trondheim

Help plan your trip with Trondheim with this handy visual guide to central Norway's biggest city.

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 about time I shared some of the best with you! Come walk with me about my historic town that I now call home.

Offering terrific views down the Nidelva river, Gamle Bybro (the Old Town Bridge – pictured above) 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.

Trondheim bike lift

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.

Nidelva river Trondheim

Lining both sides of the river are these gorgeous old wooden buildings. Originally they were trading houses, but now they're mostly home to boutiques, offices, restaurants and even apartments. You can get a closer look at some of them in Bakklandet…

Bakklandet Trondheim

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. Expect ice cream, coffee and cyclists everywhere!

Nidaros Cathedral

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.

Adventure of the Seas in Trondheim

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. The one pictured above is the massive Adventure of the Seas.

Christmas market in Trondheim

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! It's widely considered to be one of Norway's best Christmas markets.

Trondheim in snowstorm

Kong Øysteins veg in the winter

When snow does fall, it tends to disappear quickly from the city centre streets. This means you're more likely to encounter ice and slush than have to wade through the white stuff. Unless you're caught in the thick of a snowstorm, 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, and a popular meeting place all year round.

Trondheim in fall

Trondheim's autumn season lasts just a few weeks but what a few weeks they are. The city turns golden to mark the rapidly shortening days. It's a chilly time of year, but one of the prettiest.

Want more? Here's some photos from Trondheim in the autumn. Did you know that the fall season is also one of the best times to visit the Arctic?

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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6 thoughts on “A Photo Tour of Downtown Trondheim”

  1. Thank you for this blog, David. My family and I are visiting Norway, with Stavanger and Trondheim next on our itinerary. Your information has been very helpful.

  2. My sister and I will be in Trondheim during the first week in March,2019. What can we expec t in regards to weather and temperature? Thank you.

  3. Thank You for the photos and information. We plan a trip to Bergen then Trondheim with a stop st Selbu as I am a stranded knitter. I enjoy your blog and the videos of your travels.

  4. Dear David
    In your next article on Trondheim, perhaps you should include photos of Stiftsgården and Kristiansten?
    I really enjoy your weekly communications, having grown up in Trondheim but living in Dublin since mid-70s.
    Keep up the good work!
    Knut Moe


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