Friday, 23 January 2015
After another calm night we arrived at Trondheim at 6am this morning. The ship was due to stay until noon so we had time to have breakfast before heading off for a walk around town. The temperature has dropped to minus 10 which takes its toll on your cheeks and nose (and ears and also patience if you have to hear Zali complain about it). Despite the grumbling we managed a walk into town and around some of the major sights.
The first stop was the official royal residence in Trondheim - also Scandinavia's largest wooden palace apparently - it was really pretty...
Then we went around to the cathedral which took 250 years to build for the long dead viking King Olav Tryggvason - the founder of Trondheim in 997. The cathedral was pretty impressive actually, lots of cool stone work..
The guy in the middle photo is holding his head in his hands which is pretty funny. There were lots of little oddities like that in the stonework.
Then we walked over the old bridge and next to a canal and back towards the boat.. Zali dragging her feet most of the way..
It was generally pretty but I have to say that Trondheim doesn't immediately endear itself to you (although that probably isn't helped by the 1k walk through industrial landscapes from the boat to the town centre) - but I know that this is the pick of places to come if you are a Norwegian university student and it has a very big successful orienteering club. There's plenty of forest all around the town and I'm guessing the cross country ski-ing is good most of the winter.
Today was the first day where the cold really 'bit'. We'll need to get Zali (and me as I have leant mine to Jett) a face-scarf thing like Jett is wearing in the photos. Jett says the other advantage of his is that he doesn't have to smile for photos.