Trondheim

The striking Nidaros Cathedral
The Old Town Bridge
The Bryggen

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Trondheim

On the Banks of a Fjord

Founded in 997 by Olaf I of Norway, the Viking proponent of the conversion of Norway to Christianity, Trondheim was the capital of the country for over two hundred years and takes its name from the fjord on the shores of which it was erected.

Doing an MSC cruise to Northern Europe, you will be able to visit what remains of the city’s medieval centre and admire the vivacious university life. The imposing Nidarosdomen (Nidaros Cathedral) dates back to the 12th century and was a pilgrimage site throughout the entire Medieval period. It is an impressive Gothic structure of grey-blue rocks with a main façade decorated in minute detail, “protected” one either side by two proud bell towers. What we see today is the result of meticulous restoration lasting one hundred years that was completed in 1970. The Gamle Bybro (the Old Town Bridge), also called the Portal of Luck, was constructed to allow access to the Kristiansten Fortress, which is situated on a hill from where a splendid view can be enjoyed.

From the bridge, it is also possible to spot the Bryggen, the characteristic commercial buildings erected between the 18th and 19th centuries along the banks of the Nidelva River. The Ringve Museum with its permanent exhibition dedicated to music and to musical instruments from all over the world is of particular interest. In these rooms, you will be able to learn the history of the pianoforte but also of modern musical genres such as rock and pop. The museum’s botanical gardens, opened all year round, are spectacular.

They boast 2000 different plants: medicinal herbs, ornamental flowers, evergreen trees… To get an overview of the city, it is best to take a bus tour, during which you will be able to see the city’s sites of interest and the typical cheerfully coloured buildings facing the blue of the sea while comfortably seated.

Must see places in Trondheim

  • Nidaros cathedral

    Nidaros cathedral

  • Waterfront houses

    Waterfront houses

  • Sverresborg Trøndelag

    Sverresborg Trøndelag

Discover our excursions

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  • HIKING TOUR

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    TRM03

    The staggering beauty of Norway’s dramatic landscape is such that only superlatives will do when it comes to describing it. A chance to explore this verdant countryside can be yours on an enjoyable hiking tour that begins with a coach drive through the town with its colourful wooden houses to make for the nearby Bymarka, a vast and extremely scenic local recreational area with around 200 km of walking trails. Your 2-hour hike through this amazing countryside will take you to Lian, where a restaurant awaits you for a well-deserved rest, hot coffee and freshly baked waffles – heavenly! After all that exercise and bracing Norwegian air, your return journey to the comforts of you ship will be by coach. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • TRONDHEIM CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    TRM02

    The lovely old city of Trondheim, founded by the Vikings in A.D. 997, has no shortage of interesting sights to see, some of which are included on this enjoyable 3-hour stroll through the city. You will first get to visit the truly magnificent Nidaros Cathedral, an 11th-century building erected over the burial site of King Olaf, who was subsequently sanctified and has since been revered as the patron saint of Norway. Then you’ll move on to the city’s Sverresborg Trøndelag open-air folk museum, a beautifully situated patch of land with around 60 historical buildings that make the past come back to life. After a short walk around the museum, you will move on to the Sverresli viewpoint for glorious vistas of the city and the surrounding area – a perfect photo opportunity. Your return to the ship then ends your tour of Trondheim. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour includes walking uphill and on some steps in the open-air museum.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$102.00Price per person

    • Children$72.00Price per person

  • RINGVE MUSEUM & NIDAROS CATHEDRAL

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    TRM04

    Treat yourself to a chance to delve into two sites of cultural interest in the attractive town of Trondheim, which was founded by the Viking King Olaf in 997 A.D.. Your combination tour begins with your visit to Nidaros Cathedral, a gloriously ornate building dating back to the 11th century and constructed over the burial grounds of King Olaf, whose later sanctification made him the patron saint of Norway. Your second destination is the Ringve Museum, which you will reach after a short coach ride out of town. As the only museum in Norway to specialise in musical instruments, you can look forward to seeing a wide variety of exhibits from all over the world. Your visit to the beautifully situated museum will then be followed by your return journey to Trondheim and your ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$112.00Price per person

    • Children$79.00Price per person

  • TRONDHEIM BY COACH AND TRAM

    SCENIC ROUTE

    TRM01

    Get set to discover the lovely Norwegian city of Trondheim – scenically set on the southern shores of Trondheimsfjord at the mouth of the River Nidelva – from the unusual perspective of a tram. And not just any old tram, but one run by the city’s historical Gråkallen Line, which was opened in 1924 and has provided an indispensable service to the citizens of Trondheim ever since. You will catch your tram after a short transfer from your ship by coach, following which your tour around town will take you past picturesque wooden houses, lovingly painted in cheerful colours, and Trondheim’s 16th-century fortifications – all sights that are well worth a photo or two. Once your tram ride has come to an end, the tour will wind down with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Norway

The magic of the northern lights
The magic of the northern lights

A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.

 
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