One of Scandinavia's oldest cities, Trondheim was the first capital of Norway, from AD 997 to 1380. Founded in 997 by Viking king Olav Tryggvason, it was first named Nidaros (still the name of the cathedral), a composite word referring to the city's location at the mouth of the Nidelva River. Today, it's Central Norway's largest (and Norway's third largest) city, with a population of 150,000. The wide streets of the historic city center remain lined with brightly painted wood houses and striking warehouses. View more
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Experience the beautiful sights and sounds of Trondheim City during this memorable, half-day musical excursion to the Ringve Manor and Museum.
Trondheim City Drive
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45 minutes evening drive through Trondheim. The third-largest city in Norway, Trondheim is nestled at the estuary of the River Nid, surrounded by gentle hills and faces the wide Trondheimsfjord. Originally known as 'Nidaros', Trondheim was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 A.D. Rich agricultural land surrounds the town, which became a centre of trade and culture in its early years.
Ringve Manor and Museum
Next, your drive continues on to the Ringve Manor. This old, delightful country home is located on the outskirts of the city, and today houses the Ringve Museum. The manor is situated on a hill overlooking the fjord, and surrounded by an attractive park with beautiful old trees and plants. The Ringve Museum is the only specialized museum for musical instruments in Norway. At the beginning of this century, the property was bought by a member of the well-known Backhe family. Mrs. Victoria Backhe, his Russian-born wife, had a strong interest in music and started collecting instruments, as well as items that once belonged to famous composers.
Guided Museum Tour, Sparkling Wine Reception, Norwegian Music Recital
Upon arrival, your guides greet your arrival with a sparkling wine reception. Afterward, your guides escort you on a tour of the Ringve Museum. All of your guides are music students, and play snippets of music on the various instruments on display. The collection consists of some 2.000 instruments gathered from all over the world, and is of great interest to guests with-or-without a musical background. Following your museum tour, a Norwegian music recital is performed for your listening enjoyment. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), at times over uneven, natural, and cobblestone surfaces, hills and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship.
Explore Trondheim along the road less-travelled during this panoramic, half-day hiking excursion along the Ilabekken River.
Trondheim, Ilabekken River, Ilsvikøra, Steinberget, Fagerlia, Theisendammen, Fagerlia, Artwork
Depart the pier for the guided walk to Ilabekken, a small river that meets the ocean at Ilsvikøra. Upon arrival, walk along a trail following the river, a walkway popular among locals and tourists. The area where the wooden stairs are built along and over a small waterfall is especially idyllic. This trail continues on toward Steinberget or Fagerlia. Occasionally, wildlife is spotted in this area. In the water, you may see a white-throated dipper or otter dive for food. Fox and roe deer are also frequently seen close to the upper parts of the river, near Theisendammen and Fagerlia. Along the lower parts of the Ilabekken River, marvel at artwork created by Stefan Christiansen.
Forests, Local Streets, Ila Park, Nidaros Cathedral
Although much of your route traverses forested land and local streets with inclines and downhill sections, some of which are steep, the path flattens out upon reaching Ila. Walk through Ila Park en route to the Nidaros Cathedral. The pride of Trondheim and Norway, the Nidaros Cathedral is the largest church building in Scandinavia and best-preserved Gothic monument in northern Europe. Construction of this impressive building began in 1248 over the grave of King Olav Haraldsson (Olav the Holy). The patron saint of Norway, Haraldsson introduced Christianity to Norway in the year 1030. Following your visit to the Nidaros Cathedral, commence the walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 6.8 miles (about 11 kilometres), at times over uneven, natural, and cobblestone surfaces and steep inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 116 steps at the Ilabekken River. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking or hiking shoes, and bring sun protection, bottled water and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least ten years old to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Experience the picturesque beauty and landmarks of Trondheim during this relaxing, half-day sightseeing excursion via coach.
Market Square, King Olav Statue and Stiftsgarden
Depart the pier for a drive through the busy city centre, passing the Market Square with it statue of Viking King Olav, who founded the city in 977. Continue past one of the largest wooden buildings in Norway, Stiftsgarden, originally built in 1778 and now a royal residence.
Nidaros Cathedral and Old Town Bridge
Next, an inside visit of the magnificent Nidaros Cathedral, which dates from 1070. Pilgrimages to the site were commonplace throughout the Middle Ages, as it marks the burial site of the patron saint of Norway, St. Olav. Drive past the charming, red-painted Old Town Bridge. Built in 1681, the bridge spans the Nidelven River and affords a nice view of the brightly-coloured wooden buildings lining the wharf.
Leaving the city centre, drive past the university campus en route to your final photo stop at the hillside Kristiansten Fortress. From its hillside location, the fortress has stood guard overlooking the city since 1681, and was used as a place of execution for Norwegian members of the Resistance during World War II. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of optional walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and a few steps at the Kristiansten Fortress. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.
Experience the beautiful city of Trondheim in a unique new way during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion via coach and tram.
Trondheim, Town Centre, Gråkalbanen Tram-Line
Depart the pier for the short drive to the town centre. Upon arrival, board the Gråkalbanen, the only tram-line remaining in Trondheim, for a scenic ride through Trondheim. The third-largest city in Norway, Trondheim is situated where the River Nid runs into the wide, open Trondheimsfjord. Trondheim was originally named 'Nidaros', and founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 A.D. Today, his statue stands high upon a column in the central square from where a broad street, Munkegata, the 'Monks' Street', leads up to the Nidaros Cathedral.
Tram-Ride, Parks, Wooden Houses, Gardens, City Views, River Nid, Lian, Forested Hills, Lakes
Your tram-ride passes green parks, then continues uphill through the residential areas in the outskirts of town. Pass by lovely, wooden houses and attractive gardens, and take in a splendid view of the city below with the River Nid running in wide curves through it. Your tram-ride ends at Lian Station. Lian is located in a recreation area surrounded by forested hills dotted with lakes. It is ideal for hiking in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the wintertime.
Granåsen Ski-Jumping Arena, Ski-Jumping Performance, Sverrsli
Upon arrival at Lian, board a coach and proceed to the Granåsen Ski-Jumping Arena, opened in its present form in 1991. There are two ski jumps, one stretching for approximately 394 feet (about 120 meters), and a smaller one approximately 295 feet (about 90 meters). The jumps are equipped with porcelain tracks and artificial grass, and can therefore be utilised year-round, not just when there is snow on the ground. During your visit to the Granåsen Ski-Jumping Arena, take in a ski jump performance. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier, with a photo stop at Sverrsli en route.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and tram. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility but not for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, bottled water and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.
Discover the splendid beauty and sights of Trondheim in a fun-filled and exciting new way during this picturesque sightseeing excursion via Segway.
Trondheim City via Segway
Depart the pier on-foot with your guided for the short walk to the Segway Station at Pier 1. Upon arrival, receive your safety and riding instructions and training, then depart via Segway for a guided, approximately 1.5-hour ride through Trondheim Cit. Along the way, take in the highlights of the city, and travel on roads not seen on typical coach tours.
Historic and Contemporary Landmarks
Renowned historic and contemporary landmarks to be seen include the Nidaros Cathedral, Old City Bridge, Munkholmen, Skansen Bridge, King Sverre, museums, green parks, Cicci Kleins Street, River Nid, marina, harbour, NTNU, Bakklandet, Trampe Bicycle Lift, and Bakklandet area, as well as the new town of Solsiden. At the conclusion of your Segway tour, return to the Segway Station, then commence the short walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity and walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. This tour is not suitable for guests with balance problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking or sport shoes, and bring sun protection, bottled water and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 16 years old to participate on this tour. Safety equipment is provided, and must be worn the entire time guests are riding the Segway. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore historic Trondheim via land and water during this scenic sightseeing excursion.
Ravnkloa Boat Cruise, River Nidely and Munkholmen Island
Depart the pier for the short drive to Ravnkloa. Upon arrival, embark a boat for a scenic, approximately 45-minute sightseeing cruise around Trondheim. Ride by the port area, and between the city and island of Munkholmen. Depending on the water-level of the River Nidelv, cruise upriver towards the Cathedral, and pass the area of Bakklandet, the Fortress, Old Bridge and Royal Garden Hotel. Your cruise ends back at Ravnkloa, close to the port area and/or Fish Market.
Scenic Drive, Market Square, Nidaros Cathedral and River Nid
After disembarking the boar, board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour sightseeing tour en route to the pier. Pass the Market Square with the statue of the Viking King who founded the city, and the 12th-century Nidaros Cathedral. The finest and largest Gothic-styled church in Scandinavia, it was one of Europe's most important pilgrimage-churches. Continue driving along the River Nid, and pass by the old drawbridge and many colourful warehouses alongside it before returning to Trondheim.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible nor recommended for guests prone to seasickness. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a waterproof jacket or coat from the ship. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.
Discover one of the oldest cities in Norway during this picturesque, half-day excursion through Trondheim on-foot.
Depart the pier for your guided walking tour through Trondheim. One of Norway's oldest cities, Trondeim was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997. The city is situated at the estuary of the River Nid, and faces the wide Trondheim Fjord.
River Nid, Market Square and Nidaros Cathedral
During your stroll along the river, savour its village atmosphere and unique blend of ancient and modern architecture. Cross the Market Square, home of the statue of King Olav. An inside visit is made at the Nidaros Cathedral, a splendid, 12th-century Gothic structure. This impressive church is built over the grave of St. Olaf, and boasts gorgeous stained-glass windows.
Bakklandet and Old Town Bridge
Next, continue through the rehabilitated Old Town of Bakklandet, where many picturesque wooden houses are painted in vivid colours, and small cafés and pubs stand adjacent to exclusive restaurants. Pass by the bicycle elevator, then walk towards the River Nid with its charming, red-painted Old Town Bridge. From here, head down the street along the riverbank, and take in splendid views of the old warehouses lining it. At the conclusion of your walking tour, return to the pier on-foot.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines and a few steps at the Nidaros Cathedral. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. An inside visit to the Nidaros Cathedral may not be possible during church services.