Trondheim – Chasing the northern lights – Part I

Norway is an expensive country, but since I live in Denmark at the moment, the circumstances were in favor of “droppin’ by” again :). However, if you have in mind a nature trip during summertime you can choose to wild camp in a million star hotel with an exclusive supermarket dining and can end up having an awesome trip at a decent price. Wintertime though, you can’t escape the minimum of 40 euros that you need to take out of your pocket for a night in a hostel.

We start from Trondheim. Right after Christmas. I guess everyone dreams of a white Christmas, well this year it was white only in the Northern part of Europe so we came in the right spot. We crashed in a friend’s room who was away for holidays and the “long days” of sightseeing begin.

The city is frozen, but the clear sky and beautiful sunlight gives somehow a warm feeling. Or at least it does now, when I look at the pictures in the warmth of my home. Following, are some of the spots you shouldn’t miss while in Trondheim.

Houses on Nidelva River

Probably the most iconic area in Trondheim. The water is still and colourful wooden houses mirror perfectly in it. Apparently, Norwegian’s colourful houses were a way to represent the wealth of the family: white paint was the most expensive to produce (mineral zinc) while red was the cheapest (it’s also the most common, especially in the rural areas, since it was easy to obtained from cod liver).

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Bakklandet Neighborhood

Narrow streets and small wooden houses. Snow is all over. Locals and tourists are hiding in cafes for a cup of warm cacao or some snaps to warm up. Don’t forget though, Norway has a strict policy regarding where and when you can sell alcohol ( in the place we stopped, the lady told us she can’t sell alcohol before 1pm).

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I’d say it’s always good to be prepared 😉

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Nidaros Cathedral

Walking from the distance, its posture and gothic majesty are easily noticed, but only when approaching it we realise how huge it actually is. It’s not a typical view you have mind when thinking about Norway, and comes as no surprise that Nidaros Cathedral is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world.

The Old Town Bridge (Gamle Bybro)

When we started our walk along Nidelva, sun was up…just a little bit later sun was setting. It catches us on the old town bridge of Trondheim, a simple yet very charming piece of arhitecture that fits so well in the winter landscape.

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Folk Museum

Apart from the cute traditional houses you also get a nice topview of Trondheim fjord.

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Some of the buildings hold museums inside. Did you know Norwegians used skis as far back as 4000 years ago? Well, not those ones for sure.

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Svartlamoen Neighborhood

Artsy area of Trondheim filled with graffiti, urban installations and an overall free spirit. It shares characteristics with other anarchist communities in Scandinavia (such as Christiania in Copenhagen) and locals call it the alternative community. I bet in summer is great to hang around.

…and here’s our stop overnight.

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Kidding…However a huge megaphone close to the industrial port can give some ideas (and no wind).IMG_5134-22

We are leaving the holiday spirit behind for now and continue our trip towards Lofoten Islands.

>> continue Chasing the Northern Lights…

Iulia

In search for balance and a long term way to enjoy the world around us without getting dragged in the society speed. You'll probably find me in my best element hiking mountains, reading a book in a hammock or exploring off the beaten path sides of the world. Of course, with a backpack.

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