Wednesday 5 August Trondheim

We arrived in the historical town of Trondheim this morning with our familiar overcast and showery conditions again. We disembarked down the gangway and boarded the waiting buses which took us on a drive through the city centre with our local guide telling us about Trondheim.
Our first stop was the Nidarosdomen Cathedral, the national sanctuary of Norway. Work began on the cathedral in 1070, and the extensive restorations begun in 1869 are still yet to be fully completed. The church is richly ornamented in stone sculpture and has magnificent stained-glass windows. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside the cathedral.
From there we walked down to the old bridge where we could see the old colourful wooden buildings of the Bryggen Wharf. Not far from the bridge, we found the “Trampe”, the bike escalator that we had heard about before we came, but unfortunately it was having some maintenance work done to it and wasn’t working.
Then we boarded the buses again and were taken to the Folk Museum at Sverresborg, home to more than 80 vintage buildings, which show the building traditions in Trondlag region, from town to country, from mountain to coast and from Sami huts to city mansions. We walked to the “Countryside” area to Kjelden House, which is a dwelling built before 1850. It is a long narrow building with two living rooms and a bedroom. Then we walked to Nesset, which is a complete farm compound from the 18th and 19th centuries – it had people dressed as the farmer and his children in olden days’ clothes. The farmer talked t us about life in those days as he showed us through the house and the farm. Stuelana – the residential house; Smia – the Smithy; Stabbur – the storehouses on pillars; Laven – the barn and Fjoset – the Cowshed. The farm also had chickens, goats and pigs. Next we walked to the Old Town section where we saw several houses, a grocer, a tavern and Loveapoteket – the Lion Pharmacy.
We boarded the buses again and were taken to the Sverresli Viewpoint for views over the city and port. The sun had come out and it had turned into a beautiful day, so the views were magnificent. We could see Munkholmen Island in Trondheim Harbour set in Trondheimsfjord. Munkholmen once served as an ancient place of execution, before Benedictine monks established a monastery here in the early 12th century. In the 17th century, a fortress was constructed which was later used as a prison. During World War II, Munkholmen was used as a German submarine base. Our guides pointed all the places of interest and told us stories about them before we had to board the buses and return to the ship after w wonderful morning exploring Trondheim.
We had lunch at the Lido café while enjoying the view while the Captain set sail for Olden.

4 Responses to “Wednesday 5 August Trondheim”

  1. Maria Hughes says:

    Hi Sis and Richard – loved the photo of the Pharmacy. Loving all the photos – Richard is again doing an amazing job as photographer, and also really enjoying travelling along with you. Have finished working and travelling around to the Trade Fairs etc, so able to read and view the photos and blog on a daily basis 🙂 love to you both and keep enjoying xoxo

  2. sandy says:

    We thought you would like the Pharmacy. Glad you are enjoying the photos – just wait until you see the next lot which we will post tonight. This Nordfjord is so spectacular!! We are going on a walk this afternoon and if the weather holds, it will be awesome!
    Pleased that you are able to relax again now and get back to being retired. Love to you both from the two of us. xoxo

  3. Maria Hughes says:

    The photos are absolutely awesome and the area so stunning. Must admit as I read your Blog I wondered how people could do this walk if not fit, but was pleased to know there was a buggy available. Keep having an amazing time, love to you both xoxo

  4. sandy says:

    Thanks Sis. Yes, we sure were glad of the Troll Cars to bring us back down as my knee probably would not have been happy with the walk down!!

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