We drove through the rain to Trondheim, along a road which clearly would have had superb views on a clearer day, but we had to make do with the odd tantalising glimpse! We arrived in the city late afternoon and parked up in a dedicated mobile home parking area. This was basically a large car park with electric hook up points and a disposal station, set in the docks area between a railway and a road. It doesn’t sound exciting,and it wasn’t, but these sorts of sites are really handy for visiting a city. Unfortunately I managed to step in a puddle on the site, which was quite poorly drained, then stumbled and stepped further in with water up to my ankle. It was quite the dance move. The electric hook up came in handy as it allowed us to run the heater to dry my shoes!
We headed out on foot (in spare shoes in my case) to have a quick look round the town, which looked rather attractive. We also went to check out the Bicycle Lift which we planned to try out the next day. To our disappointment it didn’t seem to be working, and with the help of Google translate we established the screen display was indeed telling us this. Our two key things to do in Trondheim were the cathedral and the bicycle lift (no prizes for guessing who had chosen each activity!) so this was a disappointment, but we are trying to not let these things phase us and move on to the next thing.
The next day we cycled in. We had spotted some nice cycle paths the day before and the bike is clearer a popular mode of transport in Trondheim (almost like if you provide decent cycle infrastructure people will cycle!!) and for the most part it was a very agreeable city to cycle round. We visited the cathedral, where we managed to turn up just in time for an English tour, then headed into the city centre where we eventually found the tourist information centre, but it was a treat when we did, an attractive space with comfy benches to sit on and peruse our leaflets.
We then headed over to see if the lift had been fixed, and it had! With some trepidation I had a go, nearly falling off twice and making no progress as the footrest carried on up the hill without me. The third time I manged to move a few metres, but then my foot slipped off and the starting mechanism for the lift failed to return to its start position. The dreaded red error light came on and it was game over for the bicycle lift trial. Instead we opted to walk up the hill (very steep, can see why they built a lift) and enjoyed the views from the fortress that tops it.
We the headed back via the supermarket, buying about 5 items for the price a week’s shopping (I exaggerate – slightly – most food seems to be about 2-4 times the price of the UK. We had stocked up with food in the UK then topped up in a Lidl in Denmark to minimise spend). We hit the road again just short of 24 hours after arriving, a brief but enjoyable stop and a city which had much to offer. We’ve now stopped on the main road to Oslo, about 2/3 of the way there, in a layby with some rather stinky toilets that we are avoiding! Our stopovers haven’t been quite as fabulous as some of the earlier ones, but I have seen some potential stops in Sweden which might improve things again. Off to Oslo tomorrow, and probably our most expensive overnight stop of the trip at the harbour.