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16-17 June, 2008, Trondheim, Norway  

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Trondheim, Norway

"This thousand-year-old city of 150,000 on the western Norwegian coast may seem an unlikely high tech locus. Yet through the combined effort of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Sintef R&D center, the town is spitting out 20 new companies a year in sectors from automation to telecommunications" Wired Magazine, July 2000.

 Photos by Jørn Adde © Trondheim kommune http://www.trondheim.no/

General Information

Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway. It holds a special place in Norwegian history and culture, and is surrounded by lovely forested hills, with Nidelva (the river Nid) winding through the centre of the city. Today’s Trondheim is a modern city, a centre of knowledge with a highly respected university (NTNU), several popular colleges and a research community that is rated among the best in Europe.

The city of Trondheim is situated by the Trondheim fjord in the middle of Norway in Northern Europe (see map). The location provides quick and easy access by air from the European Continent, America and Asia.

More information can be found from the official website of Trondheim.

Traveling by Air

Trondheim Airport Værnes (TRD) is the local airport of Trondheim and is located about 30 kilometers to the north-east of the city center. The airport offers regular domestic flights to and from most major cities in Norway, as well as daily flights with service to several European cities.

Direct Flights to Trondheim
  • Trondheim Airport Værnes (TRD) offers multiple non-stop daily flights to Copenhagen Airport Kastrup (CPH), Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), and London Stansted Airport (STN).
  • Copenhagen is the Scandinavian hub for Star Alliance, (with partner airlines SAS, United, Lufthansa, Air Canada and Air New Zealand), and offers excellent connections to most parts of the world
  • Amsterdam is the central European hub for the Skyteam Airline Alliance (with partner airlines KLM, Northwest, Continental and Air France), with even more connections to all parts of the world
  • Nonstop flights between London (UK) and Trondheim are offered by the Norwegian airline Norwegian.no.

Flights through Oslo
  • Many international travelers to Trondheim go through Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL).
  • Oslo Airport is the second largest airport in Scandinavia and offers connections to most major cities in Europe. OSL has frequent flights to the important hubs including Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), London Airports Gatwick and Heathrow (LGW, LHR), Copenhagen Airport (CPH), Frankfurt am Main (FRA) and Paris Airports de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY). In addition, Continental offers transatlantic flights to New York (Newark, EWR).
  • There are up to two departures with service to Trondheim Airport per hour in the daytime. Flight time from Oslo to Trondheim is about one hour. Airlines with service to Trondheim (TRD) from Oslo (OSL) include SAS Braathens, Norwegian, and Wideroe.
  • Note Some budget airlines offer international flights to Oslo taking you to Sandefjord Airport Torp (TRF) rather than to OSL. If your connecting flight to Trondheim is scheduled to depart from OSL, please factor in an additional 2 hours of travel time by bus between TRF and OSL.

When you have arrived at Trondheim Airport Værnes a convenient way to get to the city centre is by taking the airport shuttle ("Flybussen"). The trip takes approximately 50 minutes, and is shown on the map below:

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When you visit Trondheim you are in the central part of Norway. There are several opportunities to see more of our beautiful country.

Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage is a cargo/cruise ship that goes from Bergen to Kirkenes every day throughout the year. This trip is called the most beautiful sea-journey in the world. It stops at big and small places along the coast of Norway. It was earlier the only connection to the outside world for many of the villages in the fjords. Both the northbound and the southbound ship come in to Trondheim every morning. If you would like to take an overnight trip you can go to i.e. Rørvik. The ship leaves Trondheim at 12 AM and arrives at Rørvik around 7 PM. You transfer to the southbound ship that leaves Rørvik at 9 PM. You arrive at Trondheim harbour at 6 AM, and you'll have time for your breakfast onboard. The ship does not leave until 10 AM.

A trip to Røros also highly recommendable. Røros the only town in Norway listed on the 'old heritage' list of UNESCO. It is situated 160 km (about 100 miles) from Trondheim up in the mountains. It is an old mining village (1640) and has about 2000 inhabitants (9500 total) in the center with all the old timber-buildings in various colors. The scenery is very special, and especially in the winter. The easiest way to get there is by train from Trondheim. There are several hotels you can stay at in Røros or you can take a day trip from Trondheim.

If you prefer to stay in the center of Trondheim and mostly indoors we can recommend the Music historical Museum of Norway, Ringve Museum. It is situated just outside the center with beautiful sceneries and an overview over the Trondheim Fjord. The Botanical Garden is surrounding the old farm which is housing the museum. A Norwegian/Danish sea-hero was born here at the end of 1600 ad; Tordenskjold (Peter Wessel). The guides are mainly music students at the conservatoire and they really know how to make your visit enjoyable.

The National Museum of Decorative Arts also has very interesting exhibitions of contemporary artists.

The Folk Museum is also worth visiting. It is an open air museum with more than 70 houses, both from the countryside and the city of Trondheim. They also have an indoors exhibition called from 'Crib to Grave'. There is the second oldest stave church in Norway from ca 1170 ad. Sometimes they serve dried ham or flat bread for you to taste. They also sell candies, made there, in the old grocery. Here is also an old tavern from 1739 with a very good kitchen, specialized on typical Norwegian dishes.

If you have any questions about tours or sightseeing or are interested in more information, you can call the Tourist Information Office at +47 73 80 76 60 or go to www.trondheim.com or www.trondelag.com.