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“Little island with lots of history”
Review of Munkholmen

Munkholmen
Ranked #11 of 108 things to do in Trondheim
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Old monastery, Second World War air defense place, old castle area. Nice little island for a picnic in sea scenery. I took a sightseeing tour from the docks with 200kr which ended up to the island. It was windy and rainy day so 15minutes around island was enough. Return with route boat is included so you can stay as long as you will. Boats back to the island go every hour until 18 o'clock in high season. On a sunny day would definitely been longer there.

Thank Liskotus
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"boat trip"
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"guided tour"
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"historic island"
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"nice trip"
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"every hour"
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"craft shop"
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"a short ferry ride"
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"nice weather"
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"sunny day"
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"main tower"
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"small cafe"
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"lots of history"
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"few hours"
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"nice place"
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Nice place. Especially in nice weather, it is great at Munkholmen. A short boat trip from the center of Trondheim. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy the day. Nice with a bath in Trondheimsfjorden. The building is worth a tour where one can hear about the story and what this was used for.

Thank 731ingeh
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

We took the 5.00pm boat and asked specifically if we could see everything on the island without having to pay extra as we have learnt this is a common theme in Norway. We were assured we could walk round everything. However ....once there you can only go inside the main building with a guide which cost 50Kr each making the whole trip 120Kr each for not a lot. The island is small with only a cafe to visit without the guide. There is no tourist information explaining the history.....and also the cafe shut at 5.45pm leaving us to stand in the cold and the wind waiting for the return boat at 6.10pm.

Money for nothing!!

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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

We only had a few hours but managed to squeeze in this little trip (ferry every hour), which was lovely. Good weather, great views from the boat and the island, nice local food. Enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 12 June 2017

So, this was a complete waste of time. Had read the reviews, and knew we had missed the only guided tour today, but thought we'd go and explore a little anyways. That was a mistake.

A short and rocky 15 min boat ride to the island, a short break in the cafe for mediocre coffee, and a good pastry (they had hot dogs and other things). You can't enter any of the few buildings unless you have a guided tour, and it took us max 20 mins to walk round the island. We basically waited on the next return boat.

There is one plaque of information that gives some brief info on the island and what it has been used for, but that's it.

Maybe the guided tour would help, but this is not a huge island, and there's nothing to do.

Thank webster09
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