Trondheim is an ancient city, founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997. Today we will explore two of Trondheim’s main attractions.
First we enjoy a visit to Norway’s only Gothic-style cathedral and Norway's national shrine. The Nidaros Cathedral was built over the burial site of St. Olav, the Norwegian Viking King who became the patron saint of Norway. The history of this magnificent building began in 1035, and was completed about 1300.
Marvel at the cathedral’s architectural details and exquisite works of art, such as the statues, ornaments, and the stained-glass windows. Headstones from the Middle Ages have been put on display in the church’s crypt, which contains the largest collection of medieval grave artifacts in Norway. After a guided tour of the cathedral you have some time to explore on your own.
A MUSICAL JOURNEY IN TIME
Next stop is the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where you can see and learn about a multitude of instruments from all around the world. The talented guide leads you through the history of Norway's music, demonstrating historical instruments such as a house organ made in the 1700s, a music box from the late 1800s, and a self-playing piano from 1918. The interiors of the manor house date back to the 1880s and provide a beautiful setting for the exhibitions.
AN EXTRA TREAT FOR FLORAL ENTHUSIASTS
The Ringve Museum of Musical History is housed in a beautiful manor house that was the childhood home of Norwegian naval hero Petter Wessel Tordenskiold, and is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden. We will take some time to enjoy the floral beauty and plant diversity at Ringve Botanical Gardens. In the strictly-geometric Renaissance garden, medicinal plants and herbs are neatly arranged, whereas in the Traditional Perennials garden, the lush perennials grow freely along the trail. You can also follow the evolution of plant life through 250 million years.
The museum is conveniently located just outside Trondheim, and is an idyllic spot to enjoy the beautiful views of both the city and the fjord, Trondheimsfjord.