The Trondheimsfjord

Motive: Munkholmen, photo: Mykola Ksenofontov

In Norway there are thousands of fjords, which were slowly formed by glaciers forming and deepening our valleys. The Trondheimsfjord is the country’s third largest with its 130 kilometers, and is home to the world’s best seafood, beautiful places and countless experiences.

Fjorðr – to pass!

Did you know that the word “fjord” comes from the Norse fjorðr, which means to go or cross over? The old Norse noun fjörðr can be translated into a place to travel (source: Store Norske Leksikon).

Home Of Nordic Flavours


The Trondheimsfjord is in many ways the symbol itself of Home Of Nordic Flavours, and houses some of the world’s best seafood. When we dive below the surface, the fjord has several advantages. The collision of the continental plates gave us a fjord with varied depths and areas suitable for large quantities of fish species, and there are currently over 200 different species in the fjord.

Stokkøya. Photo: Jarle Hagen

The fjords icy water combined with shallow areas that let in daylight, gives the coast optimal conditions for fish and shellfish. The Trondheimsfjord even has its own cold-water coral reef outside Tautra. Read more about this on

European Region Of Gastronomy 2022

It came as no great surprise that international food experts chose Trondheim and Trøndelag for the European Region Of Gastronomy 2022. Trondheim is the epicenter of the ERG-region, with its world-class restaurants who serve fresh seafood from the Trondheimsfjord. If you are in Trondheim and crave seafood, you definitaly should check out one or several of these restaurants; The Crab, To Rom og Kjøkken, Sellanraa, Troll or the Michelin restaurants; Speilsalen, Credo and Fagn.

Gathering Nature’s Produce

Photo: Ole Ekker

Trøndelag Foraging

For Jim-André Stene in Trondheim Foraging, ordinary seaweed equals fine dining! With sustainability as a guiding star and local as an ambition, Jim-André delivers over 300 different plants, mushrooms, seaweed and kelp to top restaurants in Trondheim and Oslo.

Munkholmen – From Viking Age To Present Time

Munkholmen seen from the Åfjord boat Frøya (Trondheim By Boat). Photo: Jarle Hagen.

Just outside Trondheim, in the line of sight between Nidaros Cathedral and the mountain Munken on the other side of the fjord, lies the small island of Munkholmen. The 13-acre island has a rich history, stretching all the way back to the Viking Age when it was used as a place of execution. According to Norwegian and Icelandic sources, Nidarholm Monastery was founded on the island in the 1100s. In the 1600s and 1700s, Munkholmen was used as a prison, especially for political criminals. Today, Munkholmen is a popular destination for recreation and swimming, with boat-connection from Ravnkloa in Trondheim city center.

The River Nidelva

The largest rivers with outlets in the Trondheim Fjord are from west to northeast: Orkla, Gaula, Nidelva, Stjørdalselva, Verdalselva and Byaelva, all of which are national salmon rivers. One of the most prestigious hotels in Scandinavia, Britannia Hotel, opened its doors for the first time in 1870 precisely to aristocratic Britons who came to Trondheim to fish the region’s legendary salmon rivers.

Things to do on the water

The River Nidelva that winds its way into Trondheim city is home to the historic and colorful wharves, The Old Town Bridge and a host of other experiences on the water.

Day Trip On The Fjord

Why not explore the region? Hop on the speedboat across the fjord to Ørland, and cycle around the historic landscape with the wind in your hair and sun on your face, close to the smells of salty sea and green pastures. Take a trip to Trøndelag’s rich vegetable garden, Frosta, and onwards to Tautra where you explore Steinvikholmen Castle at the end of the Åsenfjord. Drive to Hitra and check in at Ansnes Brygger, where you can explore hefty rib rides, relaxing pools and the magnificent view of the Trondheimsfjord.

Motiv and photo: Ansnes Brygger