Early landfall just after breakfast at Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city with over 180,000 inhabitants. One of its claim to fame is the Nidaros Cathedral.

Built between 1070 and 1300, it is still the traditional place of consecration of Norwegian kings. And it is worthy of that honour with its mix of gothic and romanesque structure. It features finely crafted stonework and magnificent lead lights that fill it’s space with light and colour on a sunny day.

This is in sharp contrast to the simple, yet colourful wooden houses in the Bakklandet neighbourhood on the other side of the Nideva river. These are best accessed via the old town Gamle Bybro bridge. The area was once home for proletarian workers, and fell into disrepair and disuse. It was rescued from being demolished by concerned residents of Trondheim, and breathed life into what is now a colourful and lively district. Walking the streets, you are met with the scent of coffee and food, and the obligatory tourists.

Whilst this was the last chance to go on land today, the MS Nordkapp made several more stops overnight on the way to the Arctic Circle.

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