Munkholmen and Ravnkloa, Trondheim
The Benedictine monks built a monestry here, prob first in Scandinavia. In ancient times the island was used as Trontheim's excecution grounds. Today it has recreational facilities and can be reached by ferry
The island of Munkholm is just a few hundred meters off the port of Trondheim and it was used over the centuries as a monastery, as a prison and nowadays it is a place where tourists are going to in summer.
Hurtigruten will pass by Munkholmen in a short distance, when leaving the port.
This small island is located in front of the downtown of Trondheim in the middle of the fjord. It was used before by the Viking and in the Middle Ages was erected a monastery. In 1658 the island became a prison and a fortress. Today it is a good place where to relax and you can find some nice beaches!!!!
After eating our lunch at Ravnkloa Fiskehallen, we wandered outside and saw a statue that looked like a New England fisherman. Well, we were somewhat right , it was just this fisherman belonged to another continent altogether and was described as "Den Siste Viking" or The Last Viking. Well, apt description I suppose that the modern viking fishes for a living instead of going around conquering new lands in big wooden boats!
Afternote:We found out later that the statue was erected by a former resident of Trondheim in honor of the brave and tough Norwegian fishermen. When we took this picture, a seagull perched on top of the statue.
Other than the fisherman statue @ Ravnkloa, we also saw a quaint wooden clock that still seemed to work fine. We continued our walk along the ferryboat pier and found out that there were boats that could travel to Munkeholmen (Monk's Island) in summer. Since this was already Autumn, there was no way we could go to that little island! We continued to walk east along Fjordgata, then right (south) into Nordre Gate.
Cost of a round-trip passage to Munkeholmen
Boats depart daily every hour from from 20 May to 3 September.
Round trip cost USD$7 or so.
After wandering around the Torvet in Trondheim, you'll probably be hungry so walk north along the broad expanse of Munkegata street. Along the way, you'll see the Royal residence Kongen Lige/Stiftsg?rden, a wooden building. Pause, take a look and walk northwards till you reach the water's edge. There, you'll find the city's fish market (Ravnkloa Fiskehallen). Even if you dislike fish markets in general, this clean, modern and glass-sided joint will appeal to you. You'll find all kinds of fresh seafood there and delicious seafood snacks. Ask for a bag of fresh peeled shrimp or the yummy salmon sandwich with a big bowl of trondheim fiskesuppe ( fish chowder).
Photonote:Pix taken by Liz. Can you see me in the pix? I'm the one in red.
The islet of Munkholmen is the Monk. The Island served in ancient times as the town execution ground. In the early 11th century Benedictine monks built a monastery here. In 1658 it was converted into a prison and fort, and later a customs house.
Today the islet is a popular picknicking and sunbathing area. Café and exhibition and a shop selling local handicraft products. If you want to go inside and have a look, the museum cost money. :( But Munkholmen is a great place to be on a hot summerday. Pack your picnicbag and bathingsuit, and stretch out in the hot sand on the beach. Surrounded with history and culture, you can take a bath in the cold fjord.
Just one more tip; remember to have money for the boat. As everything else in Norway, it cost!
This is a small island in the fjord right outside of Trondheim. According to old icelandic books there was a monastery here in 1105 or even before theat. But this monastery fell to ruins before the reformation.
Around 1660 a small fortress was built on the island. The cellar of this place became the new home to the outcasts of society. But in 1893 the fortress was abandoned, and wasn't in use before the second World War when the germans used it as an airweaponsbase.
Today it is a very popular area for swimming and there is a boatshuttle taking you to and from the island in the summer.
Monastary in the fjord outside Trondheim, founded about 1100 A.D.
In 1659 the monastary was turned into a fort to protect the city. The fort was continually modified until 1680 when it was used as a prison. It was used as a prison until 1850.
During the german occupation (1940-45) it was used by the germans as a anti-aircraft artillery emplacement, to protect the submarine base in Trondheim.
Really nice place to relax and go for a swim in the fjord during summer.
From 18. May the boat leaves from Ravnkloa every hour from 10.00 to 18.00.
Price: Adults 48 NOK (about 7 USD), children 27 NOK
You get here by boat from the Ravnkloa harbour. Once on the island, you have to pay again for the guide inside the main building but it is worth it simply for the magnificent acoustics in the old gunpowder room! Try to sing in there and you shall be rewarded :-) The guide will also tell you of viking skirmishes and of noisy monks who have been here until it was later used as a prison. Afterwards, you can enjoy the fjord view or the view back towards Trondheim and also go for a swim at one of the beaches outside the fortress.
Execution ground for the area during vicking times.In the 11th century Benedictine monks built the monestary.In 1658 it was turned into a prison.
These days tourists are the only ones on the island and with the beach and lawn areas it makes for a nice place to hang out for while.
Benedictine monks built a monastery on the island early in the 11th century. In 1658 Munkholmen was converted into a prison and fort, later becoming a customs house. Today the island is a popular recreational area. It's possible to go for a swim in the (cold...) water, and have a meal at the restaurant.
The fascinating “Monks’ Island” is not to be missed. This little island with a fort is situated in Trondheim harbour and served as Trondheim's execution ground and special prison in ancient times.
Ravnkloa area where you can buy fish and its a harbour area that has become a touristic 'must see'...