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“A nice trip in clement weather” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Munkholmen

Munkholmen
Ranked #12 of 97 things to do in Trondheim
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Owner description: Trondheim's execution ground in ancient times. Benedictine monks built a monastery on the island very early in the 11th century, probably one of the first two monastries in Scandinavia. In 1658 it was converted into a prison and fortress, later becoming a customs house. Its most famous inmate was the Danish Count Peder Griffenfeld, who spent 18 years as a prisoner there. Today The Monks' Island is a popular recreational area, with a nice beach and a restaurant.
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“A nice trip in clement weather”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

If you are spending several days in Trondheim, and the weather is good, you should visit this little Island in the middle of the harbour. It is called "Munkholmen" (The monks' island) because it in catholic times was a monastery there. Later a small fortress was built on the island, and this was used as a prison, where the earlier Danish premier Peder Griffenfeldt was incarcerated for many years. The fortress is intact, and there is a restaurant in the barracks.

Visited June 2013
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“The Acoustics are Incredible!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

My daughter and I went a few summers ago. It was a rainy day and only 5-6 people were on the boat. The tour was interesting and I believe the guide told us the central, round room had been used to store gunpowder at one time so it had to be perfectly engineered to prevent explosions. We were alone in the room for a time after the tour and since our voices echoed, I started singing "Amazing Grace." The acoustics were so perfect, my voice was amplified as though I were in a huge concert hall. Singing there was one of the most impressive musical moments of my life!

Visited July 2013
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Trondheim, Norway
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“Nice but little”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

About 15mn far from Trondheim, with a ferry (70nok for the round trip).
We went there with friends in late July, and we had a very nice weather.
The island is very little, you need about 15mn to cover it by foot. The history of this island is very interesting, you can see the monument that has been used for many purposes during the years.
Then, you can take a lunch at the Café, or just go to the beach.
The beach is fine, with sand, but very litlle, so that in July it is a little bit crowded, but you can enjoy the sight of the fjord and of Trondheim.
You can go and return to/from there every hour in summer time.

Visited July 2013
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“Fascinating and relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

A short and cheap ferry trip from the dock area over smooth waters (when we went). Fabulous history surrounds this place everywhere you walk. It was first used in 995 by the Vikings and the Germans installed gun emplacements there during WW2. A nice place to stay for a few hours and relax or you can just go for an hour and get the the next ferry back to town.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

From reading previous reviews, I think this trip/experience is what you make of it...........
For us it was a pleasant trip out (and back) with many photo opportunities, may be different on a rough day though.
It is sort of Norway's medieval version of Alcatraz - the main building has had many facets to it over the last 1000 years or so and I would highly recommend attending one of the regular tours around it and ask the guide lots of questions and you will find out a lot more about the history etc.

A good trip but your stay on the island will be dictated by weather conditions

Visited July 2013
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