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    The oldest of Norway's major cities, Trondheim has a youthful feel dominated by the student population from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Traditionally a religious centre and trading hub for northern Europe, the city of Trondheim is now well over a thousand years old.

    Trondheim is home to some important historic landmarks, including the Nidaros Cathedral, one of the biggest churches in northern Europe and the only Gothic cathedral in Norway. There are many traditional wooden houses in pretty areas including Bakklandet and Ilsvikora, and other wooden buildings can be viewed from the Old Town Bridge.

    There are historical military sites at the fortress island of Munkholmen and the former German submarine base of DORA 1. Trondheim also has several good-quality museums dedicated to local culture and history. Trondheim is a picturesque city, and though there are active pursuits like skiing, swimming, and hiking available, it is also pleasant to simply stroll along the Nidelva River.

    There are a number of shopping centres and restaurants spread across town and the student population ensures an energetic nightlife, though venues tend to close earlier than in other major cities. The city is especially lively in July and August during the St Olav Festival.

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    This central Norwegian city has something between a humid continental and sub-arctic climate, with cool, wet summers and cold winters. The warmest part of the year occurs between June and the beginning of September, with averages of between 45°F (7°C) and 66°F (19°C).

    In winter, temperatures can reach as low as 18°F (-8°C) at the end of December and very rarely exceed 39°F (4°C) all winter long. Moderate snows and short days of between five and 10 hours of sunlight are common features of the long cold season, which lasts from November to mid-March.

    Summers have extended days of between 15 and 21 hours of sunlight while light to moderate rains are common occurrences. The best time of year to visit Trondheim depends on the experience travellers are after. Outdoor activities are best enjoyed in summer, while winter offers opportunities to ski and snowboard.

    Trondheim Airport, Værnes
    Location: The airport is located in Værnes, 12 miles (19km) east of Trondheim.
    Time: Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
    Getting to the city: The airport is located in the immediate vicinity of Værnes Station and trains depart regularly. The journey to Trondheim takes about 35 minutes. Nettbuss/Flybussen buses depart the terminal regularly on weekdays, and Værnes Ekspressen also offers regular service.
    Car Rental: Car rental offices are located outside the parking garage, and are operated by Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise, and Sixt.
    Airport Taxis: Metered taxis are available from the airport. Companies include Norgestaxi Trondheim, Trøndertaxi, and Stjørdal Taxi.
    Fascilities: The terminal provides several ATMs and internet banking service terminals, a hotel with meeting rooms and conference facilities, baggage lockers, disabled services, duty-free shopping, a lost and found, a tax refund desk, and a number of restaurants.
    Parking Covered parking in the garage is available at a rate of NOK 50 per hour, NOK 290 per day, or NOK 990 for a week. Cheaper rates are available in the Economy parking area, or in the low price outdoor parking area, located further from the terminal. Charging stations for electric cars are available.
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    Trondheim has an extensive public transport system which serves a large proportion of its citizens as well as tourists. AtB, the local public bus company, makes travel convenient within and between Trondheim and surrounding areas, offering routes throughout the region.

    Bus tickets, as well as tickets for the Trondheim Tramway, can be bought at AtB customer service centres or ticket machines throughout the city. An attraction in its own right, the tramway runs west to Lian, a popular recreational area which offers visitors a chance to get closer to nature.

    Trondheim is linked to its airport and other areas of Norway by Norwegian State Railways (NSB) which has stations in most parts of the country. There are also public bicycles available for tourists and residents between May and October, found in one of several bicycle racks across the city.

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