Trøndelag, alternative spelling Tröndelag, is a region of Norway, sometimes referred to as Middle Norway. Administratively, it is divided into the counties of Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag, which have little relevance for the tourists though.
- 1 Brekstad
- 2 Hell - not as bad as it sounds, close to Trondheim airport.
- 3 Levanger - one of the well-preserved wooden towns
- 4 Melhus
- 5 Namsos - port of Namdalen district, totally destroyed during the war
- 6 Orkanger - small town at the mouth of Orkla river and valley
- 7 Røros - old mining town in the uplands, a UNESCO world heritage site
- 8 Steinkjer - the hub at the northern end of great fjord
- 9 Trondheim - one of Norway's main cities, lovely location on the river bend, historically important as previous capital and seat of the archbishop, Norway's national cathedral.
For two brief years, 1658 to 1660, Trøndelag was part of Sweden.
1 Trondheim Airport Værnes (TRD IATA) serves international and national flights. There are plenty of flights every day to Oslo, and several other main towns including Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Bodø and Tromsø, as well as the short-field airports of Mosjøen, Sandnessjøen, Brønnøysund, Namsos and Rørvik. International destinations include London Gatwick, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Riga. There are also flights to many destinations in the Mediterranean and on the Canary Islands, both charter and regular. There is train and bus connection from the airport.
Røros has a local airport with flights from Oslo. Rørvik and Namsos have local airports with flights from Trondheim.
Trøndelag is connected by 4 main lines:
- Dovre line connects Trondheim and Oppdal to East Norway and Oslo via Dombås and Gudbrandsdalen. There are several daily departures between Trondheim to Oslo, trains from Oslo, operated by NSB, electric powered, connection to Rauma line (for Åndalsnes) at Dombås.
- Røros line connects Trondheim and Røros to East Norway, with connections to Oslo and Lillehammer at Hamar. This was Norway's first main line connecting separate parts of the country, but is today the less used, diesel powered.
- Nordland line connects Trondheim and Steinkjer to Nordland, diesel powered trains
- Meråker line connects Hell (at Trondheim airport) via Storlien border crossing to Östersund in Sweden
Long distance buses from Oslo and Bergen to Trondheim, NOR-WAY.
- From Oslo there are two options.
- From Östersund (Sweden)
- From Ålesund and Molde
- From Northern Norway
Trondheim station is the hub for rail as the electrified Dovre line terminates there and the northbound lines operated by diesel trains continue. The coastal areas do not have rail connections. The rail runs through the central interior and along the eastern shores of the Trondheimsfjord, basically along the same route as road E6. There are branches to Røros from Støren, and to Meråker and Sweden (Åre and Östersund) from Hell.
- The Meråkerbanen (Nabotåget) service runs twice daily to the Swedish border at Storlien, continuing to the ski resort Åre and the city of Östersund. There are connections to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.
- Long distance trains Oslo-Dombås-Oppdal-Trondheim on the Dovre line and Trondheim-airport-Steinkjer-Snåsa-Namsskogan on the Nordland line (bound for Bodø).
For local buses in Nord-Trøndelag, search rutebok.no.
And in Sør-Trøndelag including Trondheim, search atb.no
There are some local passenger boats. Use the same site as for local buses.
There is an extensive road network, however often fairly curvy and slow. The Norwegian north-south highway E6 passes Trondheim and is partly constructed as motorway or semi-motorway.
To cross fjords, there are several bridges and tunnels, but some car ferries also exist. They have fees, but there is no need for booking. The key ferry connection across the Trondheimsfjord is Flakk-Rørvik, several departures per hour.
Some roads, especially new tunnels, and all entrances to Trondheim have road tolls.
- 1 Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen). Jun–Aug: M–F 09:00–18:00, Sa 09:00–14:00, Su 09:00–17:00; Sep–Dec: M–Sa 09:00–14:00, Su 09:00–16:00. This is the biggest church of Northern Europe, the only major Gothic cathedral in Norway and the pride of the city. Towering over the city centre at its southern edge, the majestic cathedral is the defining feature of Trondheim. Nidarosdomen is also Norway's national cathedral. It was erected over what was believed to be St. Olav's grave and it became a major pilgrimage site in Northern Europe. Next door is the Archbishop's Palace, which was partly burnt down in the 1980s and has been heavily restored. Cathedral: 90kr, Archbishop's Palace museum: 90kr, Crown Regalia: 90kr, Combined ticket (cathedral, palace, crown): 180kr, Tower: 40kr.
- 2 Røros (Bergstaden ("the mining town")). Røros is a unique place. The town developed around the copper mines and the original town is largely intact. The town with the landmark church is a UNESCO heritage site. The copper mines can also be visited, mining began in 1644 and ended in 1977.
- 3 Stiklestad. Site of the battle in year 1030 where King Olav died.
- 4 Bardal rock carvings (Bardalfeltet) (along FV285, about 15 km west of Steinkjer). 400 stone age and bronze age paintings/carvings on a 300 m² area. Free.
- Saemien Sijte (1.5 km from Snåsa, 60 km north from Steinkjer), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 09:00–15:00. Culture centre and museum on Southern Sámi culture. Guided tours. 50 kr, children free.
- 1 [dead link] Oppdal ski resort (Oppdal skisenter), Oppdal (Road E6 or Dovre railway). One of Norway's major alpine ski resorts. Frequently listed among top 5 or top 10 resorts in Norway. 46 slopes, 3 chair lifts, 14 T-lifts, 1 band lift. Slopes and lifts close to Oppdal village.
- Vassfjellet, Klæbu
- Meråker skisenter, Meråker
- Grong/Bjørgan skisenter
- Try Norwegian seafood!
- Jämtland County in Sweden
- North to Nordland county
- West to the fjordlands of Møre og Romsdal
- South to the wide uplands of Oppland
|Routes through Trøndelag|
|Kirkenes ← Fauske ←||N S||→ Lillehammer → Oslo|
|Ålesund ← Molde ←||S N||→ Orkanger → Trondheim|
|Kristiansund ← Sunndal ←||W E||→ Oppdal|