Day 9 |
Jun 13, 2010

Trondheim, Norway

By Kara Weller, Naturalist and Zodiac driver

Co-ordinates: 63° 26 ’ N – 10° 23’ E

Weather:  overcast

Air temperature: 15° C

Wind: 15 km per hour

Pressure: 1005 hPa

Due to the rough sea conditions encountered yesterday as well as during the night, we were a few hours delayed in getting in to Trondheim this morning. This was no problem however as we had all day to explore this lovely city and nobody was in a rush to move on. An added bonus in the morning was the realization that we would be docking in a different location from the one we had anticipated being at, and this caused the ship to actually be much closer to the center of town than previously thought.

Once the ship was cleared by the officials, everyone had the morning at leisure to explore the town on their own. Almost everyone set off either for a short walk along the water’s edge to stretch the legs, into town for a look around, or even further afield. The city of Trondheim is Norway’s original capital, but now the country’s third largest city. Started in the year 997 by King Olav Tryggvason, the location of the town at the end of the fjord made it a strategic place for defense against the pagan chiefs who threatened the region’s stability.

Being a Sunday, things were very quiet in town. Shops were closed and streets were empty. A few tourists wandered quietly down the roads to look at old buildings and admire the colorful new ones. A few cafes opened slowly in the afternoon for a few customers, but otherwise things stayed very quiet.

The main point of interest was clearly Nidaros Cathedral in the center of town. Being a Sunday, many of the locals dressed in their finest headed inside for Sunday service, and many visitors joined them. This magnificent Cathedral dates back to the 12th century, and is Scandinavia’s largest medieval building, with beautiful decorations of modern stained-glass windows inside that allowed some light into this otherwise very dark space. Outside, the ornately embellished west wall has top to bottom statues of biblical characters and Norwegian bishops and kings sculpted in the 20th century.

The tours in the afternoon took people through the center of town to see the Nidaros Cathedral for those who hadn’t already had a chance to look at it in the morning. The buses then went on to look at the Folk Museum and the Granasen Arena with its two massive ski jumps.

An alternative tour went to the Ringve Manor on the outskirts of the city, which specialized in musical instruments of Norway, and included musical performances.

Once everyone was back onboard in the late afternoon we once again cast the lines off the dock and slipped gently out of our berth, heading north for further exploration of the Norwegian Fjords.

The Venetian Society cocktail party this evening was followed by our Venetian dinner.