Sunday, August 1, 2010

Midnight Sun And More In Trondheim, Norway!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Three years ago today, I experienced this amazing sight in a stunningly beautiful country in Europe!

Courtesy of my kind-hearted friends in Sweden - Beth and Roland Ulander, I found myself in Trondheim, the third largest city of Norway.

From the end of July to the start of August every year, Trondheim celebrates the St. Olav's Festival, Norway's largest church and cultural festival and Roland thought it would be good for us to see it! Bless his heart! Norway is indeed a land of beautiful scenery. A must-see for everyone!

In the summertime, there is a phenomenon occurring in Norway where the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Even in early August, the sunset in Trondheim (quite far south of the polar circle) was at 10 PM and sunrise at 4AM. Given fair weather, the sun is visible for a continuous 24 hours. I consider it an experience of a lifetime to witness the Midnight sun and enjoy the exotic "white" night - a never ending evening of August 2007! It was truly unique and unforgettable!

Some of the sites we visited in Trondheim,Norway (with descriptions copied from the brochures).

Nidarosdomen Cathedral

The cathedral in Trondheim is the national sanctuary of Norway, built over the grave of St. Olav. Work began in 1070, but the oldest parts still in existence date from the middle of the twelfth century. In 1869 extensive restorations were begun, and a century later Nidarosdomen was again restored to its original grandeur.

The Archbishop's Palace

The Archbishop's Palace in Trondheim is one of the best preserved building complexes of its kind in Europe. It is the oldest secular building in Scandinavia. Building began in the second half of the twelfth century, and this was the archbishop's residence until the Reformation in 1537.

Though Trondheim,Norway was not part of my must-see list when I set foot in it,I came out of it with a great sense of admiration for its eminently likeable sights which are best appreciated in leisurely fashion over a couple of days of exploration!

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