Trondheim is a port town on the central Norwegian coast, located on a fjord at the mouth of River Nid. This was the first Norwegian capital, founded 1,000 years ago under the name Nidaros.
Norway's monarchs are still crowned in the 12th century Nidaros Cathedral - Scandinavia's biggest medieval building and one of Europe's foremost Gothic monuments. The town is famous for its numerous wooden buildings and historic landmarks, mostly on an island between fjord and river, and has a lovely open-air folk-culture museum. Visit the famous museum of musical instruments in Ringve or Stiftsgarden Palace.
The town was established in 997 AD by Viking King Olaf I Tryggvasson as the settlement of an island on River Nidelv was easy to defend. The King, who attempted to establish united Norway, later chose the town for his residence Nidarnes. In 1152 Trondheim became an Archbishopric and bloomed into a spiritual centre until Reformation.
In 2018, the cruise port had scheduled 93 ship calls with around 165,000 passengers. Port's ever largest cruise ship so far is MSC Meraviglia (max passenger 5400, crew 1400, length 315 m) that docked on May 17, 2018. Port expansion projects include enlarging the ISPS zone's bus parking area and building a new bollard (short post for mooring lines).
In 2019, the port had booked 88 cruise ship berthings with estimated ~160,000 passengers. For 2020 were scheduled 100 ship calls.
Trondheim cruise terminal
Cruise ship tourists in Trondheim are welcomed by locals wearing traditional costumes and handing out complimentary city maps. Maiden ship visits are greeted with 1 hour live performance by local musicians playing dockside and giving free locally-made chocolates to the passengers.
Trondheim is one of the ferry ports along "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.
Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.
The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island, Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island), Kirkenes (turnaround port).
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