A Travellerspoint blog

TRONDHEIM, CANALS, FIORD AND HELL.

MORE OF THE AREA AROUND TRONDHEIM AS SEEN FROM THE CANAL AND THE FIORD

semi-overcast 10 °C

With Katrina as our guide we went on another walking trip around Trondheim ( Norwegian pronunciation is very unique- for instance Trondheim is pronounced Tronyeium by everyone. It is the closest spelling I could write for an English speaking person to pronounce).

It doesn't matter though - 95% of the people we have spoken to reply in English so there is no need for me or Norma to make fools of ourselves.

On the canal at Nyhavna there are 5 bunkers built by the Germans to house their North Sea submarines during WW2. The concrete construction over them is so thick (to withstand the Allies bombing raids ) that it would be an enormously costly job to remove them, so - the Norwegian government removed a little bit of the surface and built a shopping Mall, some government offices and prestige Waterfront apartments and a playground park (over the water and with no foundation or footing costs).

In the fiord, just about a mile from the mouth of the river Nidelva there is an island Munkholmen that was used by the Vikings as a scarepeople Island. It was used as an execution ground and the heads of the victims were stuck on poles as a warning to be good---?. In 1070AD a Benedictine Monastery was built there, and is thought to be the first in Scandinavia. In 1658 converted into a prison and fortress. Now a recreational area in the summer for Trondheim. The summer is from mid June to mid August.

MUNKHOLMEN - FROM A DISTANCE

MUNKHOLMEN - FROM A DISTANCE

THE FORT ON MUNKHOLMEN

THE FORT ON MUNKHOLMEN

PEOPLE IN PERIOD COSTUME AT AN 1820 BUILDING (NOW A FOLK MUSEUM)

PEOPLE IN PERIOD COSTUME AT AN 1820 BUILDING (NOW A FOLK MUSEUM)

Now to Hell ! after our guided tour of Trondheim we caught the bus to Hell. A small village of about 500 people who organise festivals for Rock Bands, Heavy Metal bands and Blues Groups. We were lucky because for the weekend we were in Trondheim there was a Blues Band Festival with Bands from G. Britain, USA, Sweden and Norway. Suited me very well as there were a couple of Bluegrass bands to which I am very partial.

POSTER FOR THE HELL BLUES FESTIVAL

POSTER FOR THE HELL BLUES FESTIVAL

The Hell people are very determined to keep the developers at bay, and keep their village as it is because of concern about new development around Trondheims new airport that was constructed not 1km away on the other side of the river. The Rica Group have already built a new hotel across the river and have called it the RICA HELL HOTEL. The Hell people are up in arms as Hell is only on their side of the river.

Any way we had a great time in Hell.

ON THE BRIDGE LOOKING TOWARDS HELL. NORMA AND KATRINA HALFWAY THERE

ON THE BRIDGE LOOKING TOWARDS HELL. NORMA AND KATRINA HALFWAY THERE

VILLAGE HOUSES IN HELL

VILLAGE HOUSES IN HELL

HELL HOUSES

HELL HOUSES

SOME OF THE HELL LETTERBOXES

SOME OF THE HELL LETTERBOXES

THE HELL RAILWAY STATION

THE HELL RAILWAY STATION

We had to leave the concert show about halfway through in the afternoon, much to my disappointment as my visit there may have been a taste of what's to come but the Hell Troll poked head around the Station House and scared it out of me.

THE  TROLL

THE TROLL

JACK AND NORMA

Posted by normaandjack 09:30 Archived in Norway

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint