Nidaros Cathedral

Nidaros Cathedral is the world’s northernmost medieval cathedral and Norway’s national sanctuary.

Nidaros Cathedral is open to visitors every day. During low season, these opening hours apply:

Monday - Friday: 9 - 14, Saturday: 9 - 13 and Sunday: 13 - 16.

Nidaros Cathedral is located in the heart of Trondheim. Norway's national shrine – an ornate Gothic masterpiece.

The cathedral is built over the tomb of St. Olav, the Viking king who converted Norway to Christianity and became “Norway's Eternal King”. Throughout the Middle Ages this was a towering symbol of religious faith and the powerful position of the Church.

The work on Nidaros Cathedral began in 1070 and was completed in all its glory around 1300. In the early 1800s, after several fires and lack of maintenance, the cathedral was in very poor shape. In 1868 it was determined that the cathedral should be rebuilt as a national symbol and work began the following year. The restoration of Nidaros Cathedral has been going on for 150 years and the work continues on various projects at this national shrine.

Trondheim, or Nidaros as the city was originally named, was the most significant pilgrimage destination in Northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Pilgrims came from near and far to visit the tomb of St. Olav. Today, the pilgrimage tradition has been revived and pilgrims are again flocking to Nidaros Cathedral.

Nidaros Cathedral is the world’s northernmost Gothic medieval cathedral. Visits to the cathedral offer experiences unique to the seasons. In the darker seasons of autumn and winter the thousands of soapstone sculptures give the cathedral a mystical appearance. In spring and summer the sun shines through the colourful rose windows, casting a fantastic light through the cathedral.

Guided Tours in Nidaros Cathedral

Book a guided tour in advance;

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: + 47 73 89 08 00.

Your booking is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation from us.

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