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The best wintertime experiences in Trondheim

A fabulous winter destination.

Photo: Trondheim by boat
December 2022
Considering how much salmon is caught in Trondheim, it should come as no surprise that the city is known as the sushi capital of Norway. It’s also an absolutely fabulous winter destination. We’ve listed the most magical wintertime experiences here – from sled rides and concerts in churches to cozy, intimate bars.
Traditional wooden boat in Trondheim
Photo: Trondheim by boat

Winter cruises on a traditional wooden boat

Trondheim By Boat

Trondheim
Norway
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A great way to see Trondheim and if you’re a large group it’s even more affordable. The clinker-built boats, which take up to twelve passengers, offer an unforgettable voyage through the breathtaking wintry fjord landscape while you sit comfortably ensconced in blankets with a steaming cup of hot cocoa or coffee in your hands. English- and Norwegian-speaking guides are available, and you can choose the route yourself. You can even combine it with a traditional yuletide dinner.

Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst
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The Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst art hall

Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst

Kjøpmannsgata 38
Trondheim
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Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst (K-U-K), an art hall focused on up-and-coming young artists, is described by its enterprising founder, artist Kjell Erik Killi-Olsen, as a gift to Trondheim. Mr. Killi-Olsen bought the lot in 2017 and opened the art hall four years later. In addition to art in all sizes and shapes, the art hall also boasts a wonderful restaurant called Gubalari.

Nidaros Cathedral

Concerts in the Nidaros Cathedral

Nidarosdomen

Kongsgårdsgata 2
Trondheim
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It’s not every day you can attend a concert in the northernmost Gothic cathedral in the world! During the last few months of the year, there’s one concert after another – everything from Bach’s Juloratorium to Christmas songs to organ music. What could be better than listening to heavenly music while casting your eyes toward the vaulted Medieval dome? Absolutely mesmerizing.

Horse-drawn sleigh

A traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride

Trondheim
Norway
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Is there anything more magical than boarding a horse-drawn sleigh with the whole family (or a few good friends) and alighting past a wintry landscape full of quaint cedar cottages and thickets of snow-laden pine trees? You can easily book a one-hour tour for up to 15 people (with two sleds) by contacting Torstein Opheim at torstein.opheim@wemail.no.

Café Onkel Svanhild
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Coffee and cake at Onkel Svanhild

Onkel Svanhild

Olav Tryggvasons gate 6
Trondheim
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Is there anything better than a Bohemian bakery and café that successfully walks the thin line between innovation and tradition? Since it opened, Onkel Svanhild, which offers delicious sandwiches and desserts in a laid-back environment, has become a trendy gathering place in Trondheim.

Vassfjellet Mountain

Take the ski bus to Vassfjellet Mountain

Vassfjellet

Vassfjellet
Norway
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The oh-so-practical ski bus makes the 40-minute journey from downtown Trondheim to Vassfjellet Mountain, where you can strap on a pair of skis or a snowboard and try your luck on the resort’s twelve runs. After a hard day’s work on the mountain, head back to the comfort of the city and chart a course for one of the numerous bars and restaurants.

Jossa Mat & Drikke
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A smorgasbord bonanza at Jossa Mat & Drikke

Jossa Mat & Drikke

Ladeveien 9
Trondheim
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The more homely cousin of the upscale Michelin restaurant Credo offers a varied menu with a relaxed, industrial vibe. The lunch menu is limited to simple dishes like crab rolls and hot dogs while dinner features mussels in a habanero emulsion and duck drumsticks. By all means, don’t miss their smorgasbord bonanza on Saturdays.

Beer at Moskus

Moskus – beer and live music

Moskus

Olav Tryggvasons gt. 5
Trondheim
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A small intimate dive bar with live music where you can spend an evening enjoying a few beers in pleasant company. While they don’t host concerts every night, when they do, the performers are usually first-rate, and it’s well worth the price of admission. If you’re looking for a welcoming and intimate bar, this is just the place.


Text by Daniel Björk

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