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A walk along Nidelva, Trondheim, Norway -3


Trondheim lies on a sheltered peninsula on the southern shore of the deeply indented Trondheims Fjord at the mouth of the Nidelva (river), 23 miles (37 km) southeast of the Norwegian Sea. It was founded in 997 by King Olaf I Tryggvason as the village of Kaupangr; he built a church and a royal residence, Kongsgård, there. (Source: Tourism Trondheim)

The popular Norwegian waltz, Nidelven Stille og Vakker du er ("Nidelven quiet and beautiful you are"), was written by composer Oskar Hoddø (1916–1943). According to tradition, Hoddø wrote the waltz about the Nidelva River one night in late April 1940 while he was standing at Gamle Bybro in Trondheim, when Germany invaded Norway. (Source: Wikipedia)

Trondheim was established by King Olav Tryggvason in 997. The Islandic writer, Snorre Sturlason wrote that in 1220 King Olav and his army went to Nidaros to establish a market place and encourage houses to be built, including a settlement for the king. (Source: En Blå Trå)

The formation of Trondheim was based on King Olav parcelleing out properties for those who wanted to establish business activities. The floating pub "he Good Neighbour Pub" has an interesting view on a sunny afternoon.

The wharves ave a long history as storage facilities and loading/unloading cargo from the ships that came with traders from all over. The oldest wharf in Trondheim was built around 1700 on both sides of the river Nidelven and the best-preserved wharves today are the ones on the Bakklandet side. The openings in the middle of the buildings are to accommodate the lifting of goods up the floors by a crane at the top of the building. (Source: Norway Travel Guide)

Archaeologists have proven that settlement at the mouth of Nidelva took place before 997. Most likely it was a trading post.

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