I spent a lot of time in Trondheim earlier this year, as most of my family has moved to the city formerly known as Nidaros, Norway’s Viking capital by the sea. The photos below span several months, from December last year to April this year. I wanted to share them sooner, but the day after I returned from my last trip, I was told I had to move out of my lovely little loft flat, so I have been slightly preoccupied with finding a new home. (I am all settled in a new place now, but that’s a story for another time!)
Trondheim was founded in 997 and was Norway’s capital during the Viking Age, until 1217. Back then, the city was known as Nidaros, which means the mouth of the river Nidar. Work on the beautiful Nidaros Cathedral started in 1070 and took 230 years to complete. Hardly surprising when you see how detailed it is, particularly the west front. The cathedral is built on the burial site of St. Olaf, a Norwegian Viking king who died in battle at nearby Stiklestad in 1030.
The cathedral is equally beautiful on the inside, but there is a photography ban in place, so you’ll have to visit Trondheim if you want to see more (or just click on the link in the paragraph above). The first time I visited was during a choir trip when I was about 12 years old, and I still remember vividly how vast and impressive the cathedral seemed.
The Archbishop’s Palace is one of the largest medieval stone structures in Scandinavia and was the Archbishop’s home until the protestant reformation in 1537. These days it mainly functions as a museum – among other things, the Crown Jewels of Norway are on permanent display here.
Anyway, enough cathedraling – it is time to head towards Bybroa bridge aka Lykkens portal, which means The Portal of Happiness! Who could possibly resist the opportunity pass through it?
I spent parts of December, January, March and April in Trondheim, and the weather varied a lot during that time – snow, rain, hail, sunshine – at one point I think we experienced all four seasons in the space of one week.
Anyway, I digress. We were crossing The Portal of Happiness – which takes us to beautiful Bakklandet! This area is sooo gorgeous, full of tiny wooden houses that all seem to be owned by expert interior (and exterior!) decorators, quaint little shops and super cute little cafés.
So there you have it: 7 weeks in Trondheim – Viking capital by the sea, reduced to a short stroll from the cathedral to Bakklandet in just 25 pictures. With some minor detours, of course. Sorry about all the Christmas feels in July, but better late than never, right? Somehow I always seem to visit Norway in winter, but I’ve given my family strict instructions to move their birthdays to the summertime next year. I haven’t been to Norway during the summer for 12 years, so I guess that will be one of my goals for 2020!
Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little walk through historic Trondheim – Viking capital by the sea.
Love, Neens xx
PS: If you’re planning a visit to Norway, be sure to check out these 12 facts you need to know about Norwegians before you go!