Trondheim warf houses along the Nidelva River are so very colorful.Trondheim is a colorful city, and while it is the third largest city in Norway, it feels much more intimate than its size might imply. The Nidelva river runs through the city, beside the Nidaros Cathedral and past an historical area called Bakklandet situated on its banks north of the Old Town Bridge.

The subject: At one end of the bridge that leads toward Bakklandet’s core was an excise house, which is now a kindergarten. The bridge and gates look today just as they did in 1861 – and photographers and artists from around the world can vouch for how picturesque the scene is. Just off the river, wander around the streets of now trendy, old town Bakklandet on the east side of the bridge. Lots of restaurants and plenty of places to sit and contemplate life. We counted about five coffee shops within less than a block the last time we visited! To learn more about Trondheim, be sure to read our story “Eight Reasons to Visit Trondheim.”

The inspiration: The view up and down the Nidelva river with all of the colorful buildings is memorable at anytime; at sunset, however, when you can watch the buildings lighting up with the glow of the sun, it is a most memorable scene. Sitting on a bench beside the Old Town Bridge, as the early winter sun sank low across the horizon, the colors in the sky and reflection on the quiet waters of the Nidelva river took my breath away. I just had to “paint and draw” the scene on my iPad hoping I could capture the magic of the moment.

Artist’s tools: I used the program Procreate on my iPad combined with a Bamboo advanced stylus for this ink and watercolor. I first drew a quick sketch, using an ink pen for the outlines of the buildings, tree branches and the Nidelva river edge. I then selected a watercolor brush with round bristles using a layered light wash and some smudging for the reflections in the water and soft splashes of color in the sky.

A print of this digital painting on your wall is the next best thing to being there yourself…as well as a great gift for anyone in your life who loves Trondheim and Norway. Click here to see this artwork in my online gallery.

A print of this digital painting on your wall is the next best thing to being there yourself…as well as a great gift for anyone in your life who appreciates artwork inspired by travel. Click on any image below to go directly to my online store to purchase prints, gift cards, coffee cups and more.

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Entranced by light on a Hurtigruten stop in Honningsvag Norway

I was entranced by the light. Honningsvag is of course beautiful in a simple way, but mid-day in November in northern Norway the sun is already pretending to set. This time of year there is only twilight for a few hours mid-day. The light sparkles off the windows of the homes and paints the hills with a red glow.

Kirkenes Travel Tips: An Arctic frontier at road’s end

Kirkenes is quite literally an Arctic frontier at road’s end, located as far northeast as possible in Norway, close to the Varangerfjord. It is both the endpoint for the northbound Hurtigruten ferry and the northern terminus of the E6, the main road that runs north-south between Kirkenes and Oslo.

Cheery red flowers on barren trees in Kirkenes, Norway

On a few hour break from our Hurtigruten ship, the Midnatsol before it would depart the dock to head back south along the Norwegian coast toward Oslo, we took a little walk through Kirkenes. Although mid-day, it felt more like twilight and everything was icy and snow-covered. We ended up along the banks of an inlet with Nordic skiing tracks.

Kirkenes – Arctic light becomes artist’s delight

Kirkenes is located in the farthest (and iciest and darkest) reaches of northeastern Norway, a stone’s throw from the Russian border. It is approximately 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle off the Barents Sea. The small town serves as the northernmost port for the Hurtigruten coastal ferry and the northern terminus of the E6, the main road that runs north-south between Kirkenes and Oslo.

Roros Norway – A charming historic mining town

Roros, Norway offers endless charm and, in the winter, plenty of dark days and snow! Located in central Norway on a high plain Roros is a small village that, as a historic mining town, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mid-November snowfall we experienced while visiting made it all the more charming.

Colorful Buildings Along Trondheim’s Nidelva River Inspire Watercolor

Trondheim is a colorful city, and while it is the third largest city in Norway, it feels much more intimate than its size might imply. The Nidelva river runs through the city, beside the Nidaros Cathedral and past an historical area called Bakklandet situated on its banks north of the Old Town Bridge.

Food and drink on Hurtigruten cruises in Norway

You’ve booked your dream Hurtigruten cruise up the coast of Norway. Time to get ready for the onboard experience. Of course, a key part of this experience is food and drink on the Hurtigruten cruises in Norway. We learned by doing, and we hope you can also learn from our personal experiences.

Eight reasons to visit Trondheim

How many reasons do you need to visit Trondheim, Norway? Founded by Vikings as a trading post in 997 AD, Trondheim is one of Norway’s oldest cities, and one of its largest. Located on a peninsula it enjoys a relatively mild maritime climate (by northern European standards, of course). Trondheim also boasts a vibrant cultural life and despite its size, its historic city center still feels intimate. And, the city is well known for its many festivals, variety of excellent restaurants as well as musical and art scene. But there are other very good reasons to visit Trondheim – eight of them in fact and we give them to you here.

Beautiful Alesund inspires artists and photographers

Alesund is indeed a beautiful Norwegian city. Known for perhaps the greatest concentration of Art Nouveau style buildings in all of Europe, Alesund is nestled into the classically rocky fjords of Norway with the Sunnmore Mountains serving as a spectacular backdrop.

Visit Roros, Norway: UNESCO World Heritage town

We decided to visit Roros, Norway while looking for a short couple of nights somewhere on our way from Trondheim back to Oslo for a flight home. Our reading seemed to indicated that the tiny mining town, which also happened to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, could offer a fun, off-the-beaten-path retreat.

Map Norway

In the map below, pins mark the location of all the sites mentioned in our articles on Norway. Zoom in or out on the map using the controls. Switch easily from map to satellite view. Click on each pin to pull up a tooltip with the name and any additional information.

Oslo Main Train Station

Bergen Main Train Station

Myrdal Train Station

Flam Train Station

Gudvangen Ferry Terminal

Roros Visitors Center

National Museum of Decorative Arts

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Ringve Music Museum

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Trondheim Museum of Art

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Old Town Bakklandet

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Nidaros Cathedral

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Archbishop's Palace and Museum

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Old Town Bridge

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Kristiansten Fort

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Sverresborg - Trondelag Folk Museum

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Stiffsgarden Royal Residence

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Medieval Church Ruins in the Library

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Alesund and Sunnmore Tourist Office

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Centre of Art Nouveau

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Fjellstua Viewpoint

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