The day greeted us with heavy rain… we were not to know how cold it was until we headed off into the city of Trondheim. The boat had docked early in the morning while we were asleep and would be there for 3 hours. Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city with a population of over 175,000 – and also one of the most significant in Viking history having been founded in 997 by King Olav Trigvasson.
We set out to walk into the city centre – about 20 minutes away. This is not a walk for the faint hearted in driving icy rain, but we made our way to the old part of town, the maritime museum and the famous Nidaros Cathedral which is built over the grave of Olav, who has become a saint!
Back at the Kong Harald we were glad of a bowl of warming tomato and noodle soup and a hot lunch. We were not able to take photos of Trondheim in the driving rain… so here is one from the tourist board of what it would have looked in the sunshine.
The afternoon was spent on board as we cruised down the fiords. At around 4.00 pm we began crossing Folda, a stretch of open sea, which was very beautiful in the sunshine. Then we took a shortcut through the Afjord-Stokkoy channels, as the wind had dropped. These are small channels through the islands which made it easy to watch for bird life close at hand as we cruised close to the hard brown rock walls, and the little hamlets along the water’s edge. Our last stop of the day was a quick unload of goods at Rorvik.