Moreover, the city’s green belt, Bymarka, with visiting cabins, hiking trails and several excellent lakes for fishing and swimming, is just a short bike, bus or tram ride away.
In recent years, Trondheim has made a major effort to become a city for cyclists, including the cycle lanes along key roads and several sign-posted cycling routes between various parts of the city. In autumn 2014, a new bridge opened that makes it possible to ride the full length of the wonderful promenade between the suburbs of Brattøra and Ila via Skansen. The promenade, which leads along the waterfront, shows Trondheim from an unfamiliar but nice side. The new bridge closes at set times so ship traffic can pass.
If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire a city bike. There are several stations around the city, where you can pick up or return bikes. You can hire a smart bike card at the Tourist Information Office in Nordre gate 11. During your bike ride in Trondheim it’s worth visiting Bakklandet. On your way to the historic Kristiansten Fortress, you can have the unique experience of taking the bike lift up the steep hill, Brubakken.
If you like water-based activities, Trondheim also has several options that you will enjoy. Trondheim Kajakk offers kayaking trips on the Nidelva river, which allows you to see the city from a unusual perspective. You can choose between day trips and evening trips.
The Nidelva is also ideal for fishing. In the lower reaches, which include the colourful wharf buildings at Bakklandet, you may be lucky enough to catch salmon, while in the upper reaches of the river the normal catch is trout.
Bymarka is a popular recreational area for visitors and residents alike all year round. In the large forest area, you will find several cabins serving refreshments and a large network of trails for hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. Several of the lakes are ideal for both fishing and swimming, and you can catch a bus almost all the way. An alternative way to get up to the recreational area is to take the tram to Lian. The tram stops at the idyllic lake Lianvannet, where you can swim and sunbathe. It’s only a short way from here to the actual Bymarka.
The Lade trail at Lade is one of Trondheim’s most popular places for walking and jogging. This trial between Korsvika and Hansbakkfjæra is almost 10 kilometres long. There is some hilly terrain along the route, which offers excellent views, as well as several bays that are perfect for swimming and sunbathing