Unique natural beauty, diverse opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, a charming, modern city and history at every footstep await you when you fly Icelandair to Trondheim, Norway.
Situated where the River Nidelva meets the large and panoramic Trondheimsfjord, the city of Trondheim is central Norway’s main hub of commerce and trade. Sometimes called Norway’s capital of technology and innovation, the city is home to the University of Science and Technology, with a large student population and scientist community adding to the fabric of Trondheim’s character. The town has a warm, welcoming atmosphere, a vibrant cultural scene and plenty of sights and places of interest. It’s also surrounded by attractive rural landscapes, mountains and valleys – offering countless opportunities to explore nature and pursue outdoor activities all year round.
Trondheim was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997. Named Nidaros until the late Middle Ages, the city was the seat of the king and the archdiocese. It later became the burial site of the legendary King Olaf II Haraldsson, who was canonised as a Saint. After the Nidaros Cathedral was erected on his grave, pilgrims began to flock to the city – and to this day the picturesque Cathedral continues to attract a great many visitors. We also recommend a stroll through the idyllic Bakklandet, an old part of Trondheim on River Nidelva’s east bank featuring old timber houses, narrow streets, many restaurants, cafés, boutiques and galleries.
Trondheim is an ideal base for day trips and longer excursions to the region’s coastal areas, fjords and islands, including Hitra and Froya. There’s bountiful fishing within an hour’s drive from the city, including six classic salmon rivers: Nidelva, Gaula, Orkla, Stjørdalselva, Stordalselva and Norddalselva. South of Trondheim lie the mountain ranges of Trollheimen and Dovre, with popular ski resorts, including the Oppdal alpine community.