Exclusive Ringve Visit & Concert
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Tour Code: TRD-005
Enjoy an introductory driving tour through historical Trondheim on the way to Ringve, Norway’s esteemed national music museum, a repository of thousands of instruments.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive through scenic Trondheim, taking in its architectural splendor. Viking king Olav Tryggvason founded the city in 997, and his remains were buried on the banks of the River Nidelva, where Nidaros Cathedral stands today. The site has been an important pilgrimage destination ever since, and the cathedral is renowned as the largest medieval building in Scandinavia. During a photo stop here, be sure to notice the architectural styles, which include Gothic and Romanesque.
Then, it’s on into the countryside, where you will soon find Ringve Museum. About 100 years ago, when the building was a private manor house, the owner’s wife began collecting musical instruments and personal items from famous composers. Today, that collection has grown into thousands of pieces from all over the world.
During the tour, the guides, who are all music students, will demonstrate some of the key instruments, such as an 18th-century house organ, and explain how music evolved in Norway through the centuries. Other exhibits are devoted to sheet music, recordings and traditional Norwegian instruments such as hardanger fiddles and zithers. You will also be treated to a short musical recital and a reception with sparkling wine. Following your visit to Ringve, you will re-board your coach and return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be stairs and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.