The Sagas tell us how King Olav Tryggvason of Viking fame founded the city by the mouth of the River Nidelva in 997. Trondheim holds a special place in Norwegian history and culture. It was the first capital of Norway and is still the city where the Norwegian monarchs receive their ceremonial blessing.
Situated by the Trondheim fjord, it is surrounded by forested hills, with the River Nidelva winding through the centre of the city. It has been and still is a popular pilgrimage site, an ecclesiastical centre, a regional capital and a centre for commerce and administration.
Today Trondheim is a modern city and the main centre for technological education and research in Norway, with NTNU and SINTEF as the major institutions. Its research community is rated among the best in Europe. You will find a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities in Trondheim. Here you can experience both the charm and intimacy of the small town and the facilities common in big-city life. With its 185 000 inhabitants, Trondheim is the 3rd largest city in Norway.
You will find more information on the Trondheim website.