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Trondheim is an ancient city in central Norway, dating from the 11th century. Although it is thought to be Norway's oldest city, it has a vibrant atmosphere and nightlife, at least in part due to the large student population at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which accounts for 25,000 of the city's 184,000 population. With an active cultural scene and some fascinating historic sites, Trondheim is one of Northern Europe's most exciting cities.
Once the most northerly mercantile city in Europe, Trondheim still has the exciting atmosphere of a remote frontier town - isolated, but at the same time full of different cultures.
Trondheim is a great center for downhill and cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking and even swimming.
Trondheim has a wonderful nightlife, but the bars do close early. Head for Downtown or Nordre for the best bars and clubs.
Nidarosdomen is the biggest church in Northern Europe and this fine Gothic cathedral is the most famous site in the city. Kristiansten Fortress is another dominant feature, offering stunning views of the city
No, really. Take a selfie at Hell Station for a memorable souvenir, or buy a ticket to Hell for a friend with a sense of humor.
Trondheim is very far north and extremely cold in winter. Some attractions will be closed in winter, so a summer visit is best.
Trondheim Airport Vaernes has good domestic connections across Europe and direct services from the UK, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands and Eastern Europe. The Flybussen bus leaves every 10 minutes for the city center and costs kr120. A taxi will cost kr600 but can be cheaper if you book ahead.
Trondheim has regular services from Oslo and other local cities. Booked in advance, the fare from Oslo can cost from kr499 but will be significantly more expensive if purchased on the day of travel.
Trondheim is situated on Norway's main E6 north-south highway and is close to the E39 coastal route. The E14 runs to the east from Sweden.
Companies such as Nor-way Bussekspress and Lavprisekspressen run regular buses from Oslo and other Norwegian cities. A pre-booked ticket from Oslo can cost as little as kr150.
The Trondheim InterRail Centre at Studentersamfundet offers budget hostel accommodation from kr180 per night including breakfast. Hotel Britannia on Dronningens Gate offers luxury and style in a central location, with rooms from kr1,300.
Bakklandet - is a historic area on the east of the Nidelva river, with narrow streets and traditional wooden houses.
Rosenborg - is a quieter area, with many apartment buildings. It's also close to the university.
Ila - lies to the west of the city center and is ideal for those enjoying the great outdoors; it is close to Bymarka Forest and some of the best cross-country skiing routes.
Trondheim has an extensive local bus service and one tram line, with single fares from kr50 if bought from the driver.
Taxis charge an initial fare of kr77.50 and then kr20 per mile.
Trondheim has good roads and ample parking. Car rental will cost around kr900 per day.
Nodre Gate is the major shopping street, with international fashion stores and independent outlets. Fjordgata is good for local specialty shops.
A quart of milk in Trondheim costs around kr16.30 and a loaf of bread is kr22.00.
Emilies on Erling Skakkes gate offers fine dining in the French style, with mains from around kr300. A daily special of meat or fish at the popular Credo Bar on Credoveita will cost around kr150.