Visit Central Norway
Trondheim is the main hub for visitors to Central Norway and it's well worth spending a few days in this lively coastal city before exploring the wider region. The Nidaros Domkirke, the city's imposing 11th-century cathedral, is one of its main tourist attractions and the surrounding Midtbyen area in the heart of Trondheim is a lovely place to walk or cycle, and many choose to do just that. There are colourful wooden warehouses and laidback cafes beside the River Nid, at the mouth of which the city was founded by a Viking chieftain in 997 AD.
Trondheim's central location means that it's a popular inclusion in tailor-made Norway travel itineraries. Alesund, Bergen and the west coast fjords are possible extensions, as are Lillehammer and Oslo. Other travellers head north, instead, for the Lofoten Islands and the Arctic Circle - a spectacular 900-kilometre route by road or rail.
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Winter in the Lofoten Islands provides a landscape of snow-covered mountains, icy fjords, beaches and colourful fishing villages. Northern Lights enthusiasts are rewarded with frequent and colourful displays during winter. Wildlife lovers will find whales and sea eagles on a range of boat trips.
There are a staggering 34 ports of call on this seven-day Hurtigruten cruise, travelling north up Norway's west coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, some of which are rarely visited by other cruise ships.
Norway's geographical navel, the region of Trøndelag offers history, culture and natural beauty in equal measure, all a convenient 2.5-hour direct flight from Gatwick.
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