Norway’s third largest city is set among fjords on central Norway’s coast. July’s long days and moderate temperatures in the mid-60s make it a great time to visit the city, said to have been founded in 997 A.D. by Viking King Olav. Nature is a great attraction in summer, with hiking trails, water sports, and beaches (with chilly water temperatures). Nidaros Cathedral is Norway’s National Shrine, built over the tomb of St. Olav the Holy. Construction began in 1070, and restoration from a destructive fire began in the mid-1800s and continues today. Three pipe organs, magnificent stained glass windows, and its Gothic style make it a must-see. Colorful wooden houses, coffee shops, cobblestone streets, and cafes invite strolling through Trondheim’s neighborhoods. Visitors can see the city from the Nidelva River on a boat or kayak. Museums covering music, art, science, history, and culture make learning about Norway interesting and fun. Rockheim, a museum of popular music, features interactive exhibits, and Ringve focuses on musical instruments and history. The luxurious and historic Britannia, in the heart of Trondheim, opened its doors in 1870 and once again in 2019 after a major renovation.