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Address: Cicignons plass, Trondheim 7011, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 72 88 88 88
10:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Trondheim's execution ground in ancient times. Benedictine monks built a...

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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interesting short trip

We took a boat ride across the harbour to this island and enjoyed a guided tour. An entertaining visit.

Reviewed 1 October 2016
Gill E
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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Trondheim, Norway
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Its beautiful and definitely one thing you must to do in Trondheim. You can't go there the whole year so you must to check in their web site when you can go. I tried to go in march and was not possible. Theres a nice kaffe.

Thank GiovannaPuente
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

We took a boat ride across the harbour to this island and enjoyed a guided tour. An entertaining visit.

Thank Gill E
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Munkholmen was very nice. You can wander around the grounds as you like, and a guided tour is also available at certain times of day. You get here by ferry, and tickets can be bought from the kiosk very near the boat. Current price is 90kr. return, and the trip takes about 10 minutes. Departures on the hour, and return... More 

1 Thank Melody1814
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We did this as a shore excursion while on a Hurtigruten Cruise. The history is interesting, but there isn't that much to see.

1 Thank Travelbug95682
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

Go there but do not make the mistake of booking a businessdinner at the restaurant. They lack the experience of serving a groupe it seems. Endles lines at the bufet and cold food as å result.

Thank GogTOslo
Green Valley, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

The islet has served as a place of execution, a monastery, a fortress, prison, and a World War II anti-aircraft gun station. Today, Munkholmen is a popular tourist attraction and recreation site. It was a beautiful day and I truly enjoyed nice boat ride.

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Oslo Norway
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

If nice weather, bring picnic equipment and stay for an hour or two. Must take the guided tour, worth the money.

Thank Th0masN0rway
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Viking execution site, monastery, fort, and WWII key German defense for a U-boat base. What more could you want? A brewery or distillery? Munkholman was that as well if you consider that the Benedictines were a source for alcoholic beverages shipped to Europe. We visited the island on a beautiful sunny day and got to experience both the guided tour... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Despite horrible rainy day the boat ride was highly entertaining. i would have liked to have had access to the remnants of the WW2 Nazi bunkers and gun emplacements on the island but they were either off limits or bricked/fenced off. I feel this is an omission of ignorance since the modern WW2 history is both a big draw and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

It was pleasant to take the short boat trip to the island and visit the fortress where a friendly guide explained how there had been a Benedictine monastery on the site, before it became a fortress and a prison. Later it was used by the Germans in WWII. It was small and easy to visit. We walked all round the... More 

Thank Janet G

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