With historic battlegrounds and southern Sami cultural areas, Nord-Trøndelag is a fascinating destination in the centre of Norway.

Steinkjer, Nord-Trøndelag’s administrative centre, has been an important centre ever since Norse times, and the 800-year-old stone church in Mære can attest to this. The municipality of Steinkjer can actually call itself Norway's focal point, something that is certainly felt when June comes around and the Steinkjer Festival takes off with a number of Norwegian and foreign music artists. The Bauta Stone (Bautasteinen), which marks the geographic midpoint, is located along a marked loop in Skjækervatnet.

Historically, perhaps Verdal is best known because it is here that the decisive battle at Stiklestad took place almost a thousand years ago. The area and the battle are at the Stiklestad National Culture Centre (Stiklestad nasjonale kultursenter), where a Middle Age farm has been reconstructed and a folk museum has been set up with around 30 buildings dating back to the 1700 and 1800s. At the end of July, the perfect time for a weekend trip to Nord-Trøndelag, the Olsokdagene festival is held in Stiklestad, a festival where the highlight is the outdoor theatre performance of The Saint Olav Drama.

Around Namsos, there are several exciting museums to visit, such as Norsk Sagbruksmuseum, which is a preserved steam sawmill from the 1800s, the Namdals Museum and the Nord-Trøndelag Art Museum. If you like fishing, there are fabulous opportunities both along the coastline and in Namsskogan. Why not stop by the Kystmuseet Norveg in Rørvik?

Stop by Levanger during your trip in Nord-Trøndeland, where the Levanger museum has a large number of historical photographs in different collections available to the public. Close by, you will also find the ruins from Munkeby Cloister, most likely erected in the 1100s, and if the weather is nice, taking a bike ride to Ytterøy is highly recommended, it isn’t called the pearl of Trondheim Fjord for nothing.

The Southern Sami people have a long history in this part of the country and the Southern Sami Museum and Cultural Centre Saemien Sijte in Snåsa provides a better insight into how their traditions are preserved and kept alive today. Here you will find a Southern Sami yard with traditional buildings and the centre offers guided tours, especially in the summer.

You will find Værnes Airport in the municipality of Stjørdal, which can tempt you with stories of Værnes Church from the 1100s and the Hegra Fortress, which is intact with both cannons, trenches and tunnels. The area has both an inland border with Sweden and a coastal border with the Norwegian Sea, and has good road and train connections.

Top hotels in Nord-Trondelag

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Quality Hotel Airport Vaernes
Quality Hotel Airport Vaernes
3.5 out of 5
Kjøpmannsgate 20, Stjordal
The price is Rs6,877 per night

Located in the heart of Stjordal, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kimen Kulturhus and Vaernes Church. Stjordal Golf Club and Hegra Festning are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (284 reviews)
Quaint hotel in Bardufoss

"Close to the airport. Grocery store next door. Basic room, but not bad."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019

Quality Hotel Airport Vaernes
Quality Hotel Grand Steinkjer
Quality Hotel Grand Steinkjer
3.5 out of 5
Kongensgate 37, Steinkjer
The price is Rs8,479 per night

Located in the heart of Steinkjer, this golf hotel is 19.5 mi (31.3 km) from Verdal Park and 21 mi (33.8 km) from Stiklestad National Cultural Center. Steinkjer ...

3.6/5Good! (279 reviews)
work stay

"handy for train station from Trondheim Airport"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2017

Quality Hotel Grand Steinkjer
Best Western Tingvold Park Hotel
Best Western Tingvold Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Gamle Kongeveg 47, Steinkjer
The price is Rs10,419 per night

Located in the heart of Steinkjer, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Steinkjer Church, Trifolium Labyrinth and Egge Museum. Steinkjer Golf Club is 1.5 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (363 reviews)

"The layout of the property was interesting. After walking the long way to our room we discovered a shortcut from the breakfast area to our room. Breakfast was sumptuous, there were afternoon waffles and coffees. The location is in a residential area but the walk to downtown was short. Extensive shopping ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2019

Best Western Tingvold Park Hotel