Located right in the heart of the country on the south shore of the Trondheimsfjord, Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city. With its historical significance and natural charm, it continually attracts scores of tourists from all over the world.
Surrounded by forested hills and built around the Nidelven River, Trondheim was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997AD, making it Norway’s first official capital.
With a sizeable student population, a great café and restaurant scene, and an abundance of museums, galleries and historical sites, Trondheim is as dynamic as they come.
Cruise ships dock at the passenger terminal located at the north end of the city centre. It is only a 15 minute walk to the bus and train station. Alternatively, a shuttle bus can be taken directly into the heart of the city.
The cruise ship terminal at Trondheim is equipped with basic facilities for incoming passengers. However, just outside the exit, you’ll find all the amenities you need.
- Public toilets
- Restaurants, cafés and bars
How to Get Around
Taxi stands, car hire offices and public buses can be found just as you leave the port. However, most of the sights and attractions are within walking distance of the port and can be easily reached on foot.
Travel times from the passenger terminal:
- It is a 15 minute journey to Trondheim Harbour
- It is a 20 minute journey to the Nidaros Cathedral
- It is a 25 minute journey to the Archbishop's Palace.
- It is a 10 minute drive to the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum.
- Currency - The local currency in Trondheim is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Coins come in 50 øre (1/2 krone), 1, 5, 10 and 20 kroner denominations. Notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Trondheim runs on Central European Time (CET). It is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Trondheim switches to daylight savings from late March to late October.
- Weather - The climate in Trondheim is oceanic, with mild winters and cool summers. The average daytime temperature during summer (June to August) is around 14 degrees Celsius. During the colder months of winter (December to February), overnight temperatures drop to an average of -1 degree Celsius. Trondheim sees pretty consistent rainfall all year round, averaging around 70mm of rain per month.
- Nidaros Cathedral - Built over the burial site of St. Olav – the Norwegian Viking King who became the patron saint of the country – Nidaros Cathedral is Scandinavia’s largest medieval building. After completion around 1300AD, the cathedral was damaged by several fires during the 15th and 16th centuries, only to be fully restored to its original grandeur in 1869. Inside the cathedral, stained glass windows cast the nave in beautiful, iridescent light. Outside, statues and ornaments depicting biblical characters and Norwegian bishops and kings adorn the cathedral’s west wall. The Nidaros Cathedral is open from 9am to 7pm, Monday to Friday (shorter opening hours apply on weekends and outside of summer).
- Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum - Housing an impressive collection of artifacts from the last 150 years and featuring over 80 period buildings, this folk museum is one of Norway’s finest. Walk around the grounds of the museum on a guided tour (conducted in English 4 times a day) and transport yourself to another world. The Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum is open all year round.
- Trondheim Harbour - Spend a couple of hours walking around the old port area of Trondheim and marvel at the colourful wooden warehouses that face the sea. Although many of them have since been converted into luxury homes and classy boutiques, the buildings still retain their old-world charm. The best views are to be had on the water, so make sure you organise a harbour sightseeing boat tour. Save enough time in your schedule to enjoy a 90 minute tour that takes in Trondheim Harbour, the Old Town Bridge and Munkholmen Island.
- Archbishop's Palace - Located just behind Nidaros Cathedral, the 12th century archbishop’s residence was commissioned in 1160 and is one of Scandinavia’s oldest and most interesting buildings. The palace, which is also one of the best preserved in all of Europe, contains a number of excellent displays, such as a spectacular collection of Norwegian crown jewels. Make sure you experience the palace’s 15-minute audiovisual program for greater insight into this impressive historical monument. The Archbishop's Palace is open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm (shorter opening times apply during weekends).