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Sightseeing from Nidelva River

The Nidelven winds around Trondheim and draws nature into the city landscape. What other city can you see several of the city’s biggest sights from aboard a kayak? Get on a city bike or take the bus to ‘Tempe Idrettsanlegg’ just outside the city center to join a kayak trip down Nidelva with Trondheim Kayak. No prior knowledge required, this tour is perfect for beginners. Are you looking for more excitement, you can try stand up paddle boards, also called SUP. Along the way, enjoy the view of Trondheim’s most famous sights up close. The trip ends at Skansen in the picturesque district Ila.


Trondheim on Two Wheels

If kayaking is not your thing, but you like the idea of getting around the city on a means of transport, go explore the city on two wheels, by renting a city bike. Visit Nidaros Cathedral and take time to admire the intricate stonework that covers the façade of this Gothic gem. Nidaros Cathedral offers daily guided tours during the summer.

Cross Gamle Bybro, the portal of happiness into Bakklandet, and use the world’s only bicycle lift, Trampe, to get you up the steep hill. Take a trip up to the old fortress, Kristiansten to enjoy the best view of the city. From there you cycle down towards the Studentersamfundet and further over the Øya neighbourhood, which is located in the middle of Nidelva. From the newly renovated Trondheim Spektrum, cross the bridge that connects Øya with Ila.

Ila is known for being an artistic neighbourhood with colourful wooden houses, fantastic street art and a relaxed atmosphere. From Ila, bike back to the city center. Stop by Torvet (the square) and say hello to Olav, the statue that guards the city he founded over a thousand years ago.


The Modern Brattøra

After lunch, walk towards the train station and over to Brattøra, the newest part of Trondheim. Enjoy the beautiful view of the fjord and Munkholmen. Treat yourself with an ice cream from the award-winning Simen’s Ice Bar while admiring the architectural marvel and Snøhetta-designed Powerhouse – the world’s Northernmost energy-positive building.

At Brattøra you will find Rockheim, another modern architectural gem in the area. Spend the afternoon being entertained by the museum’s interactive and informative exhibitions as you immerse yourself in Norwegian pop and rock history. Here you can also enjoy the skybar with a panoramic view of the fjord.

Take a swim

If you prefer to get back in the water, feel free to take a dip in the nearby Sjøbadet, or if you prefer the water heated, visit the indoor swim facility, Pirbadet.


End your visit to Brattøra with a refreshment from the fantastic Kitchen & Table at Clarion Hotel Trondheim, the city’s only outdoor sky bar. Enjoy a fantastic view of the city, the fjord and the Fosen Alps. Or after watching the sunset, cross the bridge at the central station and head back into the city center to enjoy a delicious dinner at To Rom og Kjøkken, run by the godfather of Trondheim’s restaurant world, Roar Hildonen. (Note! Table reservation is recommended).

Alternatively, if you want to explore more of Trondheim, you can walk or cycle to Trondheim’s pride, E.C. Dahls Brewery, for a fun beer tasting and some casual food. Ride or walk past Lademoen and Dora, the old submarine bunker from World War II. Lademoen is an old working class district in Trondheim that has been given new life for the last twenty years.

The last stop of the day is to the new district, Lilleby. An unique dining experience awaits you at the Michelin restaurant Credo, or the sister restaurant Jossa, both under the leadership of Trondheim’s own Heidi Bjerkan. (Note! Table reservation is required at Credo, and it is also recommended at Jossa).