Day 3 on the Hurtigruten began promptly at 6:00am when the cell phone alarm started blaring. We had to be out of our room by 7:00am and the ship docked at Trondheim at 8:00am. It was an EARLY morning! We did not have a room to sleep in on this final night on the boat. We made the choice intentionally to keep the costs of the voyage down, but I have to admit I was a bit nervous about our choice as we jammed our belongings into storage lockers before wandering around Trondheim….
When we got off the ship, the weather didn’t look like it was going to cooperate with us, but as the day progressed, the clouds cleared. It seems like that is a common occurrence on the coast (well, at least on our trip it was!)
Harbor in Trondheim~ striking isn’t it?
This is the cathedral that Trondheim is Famous for… It’s called Nidaros Cathedral.
Here’s an except from their website
“Norway’s national sanctuary, Nidaros Cathedral was built over the grave of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint whose reputation shone far beyond the borders of his country.
Construction started in 1070, but the oldest parts still in existence are from the middle of the 12th century. Ravaged by fire on several occasions, the church was rebuilt each time – mainly in the Gothic style, but the oldest parts around the transept reflect the Roman style.
The west wall is the main façade of the church. The axis of the wall shows the crucified Christ in judgement; at the top, Christ enthroned in glory – the church was dedicated to Christ in medieval times, and was called Kristkirken, the Church of Christ. It is richly ornamented in stone, with magnificent stained glass windows from the 20th century.
From around 1050 until the Reformation this cathedral was an important destination for pilgrims. This tradition has been revived with the opening of the pilgrim way in 1997.”
A stone depiction of Christ crucified on the outside of the church.
I climbed to the top of the tower in the cathedral. Steve, after a long night of rockiness on the ship, was not feeling like walking up the circular stairs you had to take to get up to the top… he decided to stay behind and grab a bit to eat. The views from up top were amazing. When I was in Italy the summer after my senior year in high school, we always climbed to the top of cathedrals. Steve and I climbed St. Paul’s last year in London~ yet, I am still amazed at how AWESOME the views are from the top of these amazing creations.
View from the top!
This is the view of the rest of the area around the cathedral. One of these buildings (on the right) contained the crown jewels! SO pretty!! Although, I will have to admit… the ones in London were far more ornate.
Self-portrait up top. I considered asking another tourist to take the photo…then I thought, well, THAT would be awkward.. so I proceeded to stick my arm all the way out & take a self shot which others waited for me to finish so they could pass by. Yeah, not awkward at all…
Steve & I in front of the cathedral.
Look how BIG it looks!!! I don’t think I realized how large it was until I saw how tiny I looked in this shot 🙂
City Center, what a beautiful day!
This is the door/entry way to the Royal Residence in Trondheim. It’s called Stiftsgården.
Here’s some info about it taken from the website ~ “One of the largest wooden buildings in the Nordic countries, now called the Royal Residence, was completed in 1778 and stretched all of 58 meters along Munkegaten.”
Note, the small door for people vs the large door for cars…
Fun Shot of the Harbor
Steve snatched the camera from my hands….
I just LOVED this staircase… too neat!
When we were leaving Trondheim, we saw Munkholmen ~ which has been a prison, fort & monastery!
You can check out the details here.
All & all a great morning~ we left Trondheim at 12:00 and continued on our Northern Journey!