Second oldest city in Norway

Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 23, 2013

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Hurtigruten Ship

Flag of Norway  , Trondelag,
Friday, January 11, 2013

Temp. -4C

Trondheim is not only the 2nd oldest city in Norway, but it's also the current 3rd largest & it was originally the 1st Capital city of Norway founded by the Viking King Olav in the late 900s. Okay I'll take my tour guide hat off, but for all those reasons I was looking forward to visiting this city.

The ship docked this morning at 6.30am, which unfortunately is quite early. It was dark outside until 9am & obviously everything was pretty much closed. But despite this I was determined to see what I could.

I skipped breakfast & was probably one of the first off the ship at 7am. It was really dark & cold but I did my best at sightseeing.

There are many beautiful wooden houses in the city centre with some being brightly painted. Due to the lack of light none of my photos worked. God bless Google images because when I got back I was able to find most things I saw. There is also a very ornate cathedral which had a facade that reminded me a bit of Notre Dame in Paris.

Some of the streets were quite narrow & it did feel like I had stepped back in time.

The other disappointing aspect of visiting a place so early is you can't experience the bustle & movement of the locals. I usually get the feel of where I am by listening & observing people. But at least I got the chance to see it as best I could.

I returned to the ship at 9.30am just in time for the end of breakfast, which was lucky because I seriously needed to warm up, and a bowl of hot porridge did the trick.
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