Trondheim, Norway is a beautiful city, an established port, the former home of the Norwegian Royal Family, and a busy college town. It’s also great for tourists because the downtown center is easily walkable, and it’s one of the most bike-friendly cities in Norway. Still, here are the top five things I wish I’d known before starting my adventure.
1. That I should have brought a collapsible umbrella. It generally wasn’t cold enough for a jacket in June, but the short, hard downpours came with little warning even for someone from Seattle. While certain restaurants and cafes, like the Bakklandet Skydsstation, sometimes have umbrellas, I wish I’d known to bring my own or even pick one up at the airport. I would have had to carry a lot less out every day.
2. The size of the portions at meals? Huge. Ideally, Chris and I could have shared every meal and left satisfied. You may decide they’re just the right size for you, but we were content to split plates fairly often. Smørrebrød, or open faced sandwiches, are popular, and often so covered with meats and toppings that you’re not sure how to start eating them.
3. In the summer, you can go salmon fishing. Havfruen rents fishing rods to go fishing on the opposite bank from the restaurant proper. While I’m normally not a fisherman, I really wish we’d had the time to take Herbert up on his offer and spend the evening hanging out with him and eating local snacks.
4. Most things close by 6 – and many places are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Restaurants are open later, but the place is rather quiet on the weekends. Use the tourist information and plan accordingly, or you may find yourself bored in your hotel with nothing to do. But it can still be nice to walk about when places are closed – Nidaros Cathedral is still beautiful from the outside, even if you don’t have time to tour the interior.
5. The hardest thing to adjust to isn’t the jet lag, it’s the lack of summer nighttime. I think I got through the jet lag in one day, but I only began to adjust to the lack of darkness after a week. Next time I might buy a sleep mask, or anything to help block out the light that much more.