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When talking of Scandinavia’s most scintillating cities, one can’t ‘ig-norway’ the charm of Trondheim, recommended as a Travel Bug stop by ModLife reader Ingrid! Just a wee 500 kilometers from the Arctic Circle, Trondheim radiates with an enlightened, cultured air, having come a long way since its Viking past. Next time you can a’-fjord’ to make it to this lovely city (and we recommend you do), here are some indelibly incendiary ideas about what to do!
1. What’s better than a thrift store? Gratisbutikken, the free thrift store! Yes folks, you heard that right. As if thrifting weren’t cheap enough already, Gratisbutikken had to go and one-up our favorite form of shopping. From dresses to books to suitcases and more, this shop does more than give us free things – it gives us a case of severe giddiness as well!
2. Books+coffee+homemade pastries = perfection. Just about as cozy as could be, Bybroen antikvariat is perhaps the ideal bookstore. With a wood-filled interior that looks like someone’s living room, and floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with old tomes, Bybroen antikvariat is a great place to grab a good read, or if you’re not big on words (particularly Norwegian ones), a nice cup o’ joe.
3. Inside an old, creaking wooden exterior Baklandet Skydsstation lies in wait, ready to fill your tummy with yummy eats and your mind with pervading relaxation. Crowing a menu brimming with Norwegian and international delights, you might have a hard time figuring out what sounds most delicious! If you need an idea, go for the traditional fichsoup or the Bacalao!
4. First sprung up in the 17th century, the neighborhood of Bakklandet is a sunny sky of delight. Its colorful, quaint wooden houses, once home (literally) to fishermen, seafarers, and general laborers, are now stuffed full with the batting of adorable homes, wonderful cafes, inviting shops, and points of historical and cultural interest.
5. People who like books generally have a love for libraries in their bones. But what about having bones in their libraries? That may sound odd, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Trondheim Public Library. Along with other archeological objects, the Trondheim Library fleshes out its decor with several skeletons from the 12th century Olav Church burial ground, discovered during excavations of the new library’s site.
Have you ever tromped around Trondheim? What did you do!?