After leaving Lillehammer we began our long 6 hour journey north towards the city of Trondheim. Although this was one of the longest road trips on our journey, it was a pretty amazing journey. The road took us through some really great sites. There were the mountains and valleys that were above the tree line. The landscape was covered with lichens and other plants and littered with boulders and rocks. At times the landscape seemed alien like from another planet. This long journey north seemed much shorter than it actually was. I guess breaking up a long road trip with some strategically placed rest stops is the way to go. We stopped several times at rest areas that had good views. You could see many other travelers doing the same. At some places there were people with motor campers who were just waking up and starting their days. As the day wore on it began to rain on and off. Even this did not spoil the journey.
At around 5pm we finally started getting closer to Trondheim. Buildings began appearing on the horizon and the direction signs became more evident. The navigator I installed on my Galaxy Note brought us right to the front of the Thon Hotel Prinsen. This is where we would stay for the next two nights while exploring the city. We were able to park out rental car in the hotels paid parking lot in the back. The hotel clerk who checked us in was super friendly and helpful. We asked for a top floor room that faced the city and we got it. Our room had great views of the city and the famous Nidaros Cathedral.
After settling in we were quite hungry and decided to check out the Egon Restaurant in the hotel. By staying at the hotel we received a 15% discount on our meal, which was an added bonus. They had an outside eating area, which was really nice since the weather in Trondheim was just great.
The whole time we were there it was warm but there was a nice breeze coming in from the water. It made our stay very comfortable. After dinner we walked around a bit and did some site seeing. We ended up by the Old Town Bridge (another recommendation from the hotel clerk), which provided great views of the river and the old fisherman wharf buildings. The next day we found the Trondheim City tourist center where we found out about renting bikes through the City Bike program. For only 50 NOK or approximately $8 we were able to use the City Bike system to explore all over Trondheim.
It was really a great way to see this small and compact city. We used the bikes to drive all over the city. Beginning with our trek to the Nidaros Cathedral, down to the river, then over the bridge to the ship terminal where we saw a huge cruise ship docking. We then went back to the Old Town Bridge and made a trek up the giantBrubakken hill in hopes of getting a panoramic city photo op. At the base of this giant hill was this unusual contraption called a bicycle lift. It has two speeds beginner and advanced. Upon activating a metal push pedal pops up out of the ground and will push your foot as you sit on your bicycle. This will slowly bring you up to the top of the very steep hill. Lets just say it looks allot easier than it actually is. We saw several people give it a try with no success. One person even fell down and hurt their ankle. Eventually we saw a native to Trondheim use it with ease as it pushed him and his bike to the top of the hill.
After riding our bike around Trondheim for several hours we got tired and decided to just relax. We then walked around and checked out some local shops. I have to say the city was one of my favorites in Norway. Trondheim has a very relaxed feel and vibe to it. The city is very clean and pleasing to look at. There is a great mixture of nature along with the new and older buildings. While we were there we were able to catch the beginnings of a music festival, which was really neat. All the people young and old were out on the streets enjoying the sun, music, food, and each other. I tell you I could right several pages here about what I liked in Trondheim but its best to see the city for yourself. Definitely stay in the center of the city to feel the vibe. Definitely rent a bike and drive around. Set aside sometime to relax and take it all in.
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