Levanger centre was established as early as the 1500s, when Jämtene from Sweden came here to trade with the Trønder people.
Inhabitants: 20 190
Size: 645,4 km2
Highest mountain: Hårskallen 735 moh
Largest lake: Movatnet
City status in 1836
Read on for more information about Levanger municipality and we give you an overview of experiences and where to sleep and eat well in Levanger.
Welcome to the city in the middle of Trøndelag where you will find a variety of experiences, shopping, fjord and mountain walks, tranquility and historical experiences. A city with a protected city centre, and a surrounding area characterised by agriculture and nature. The E6 and the train line Nordlandsbanen pass through the municipality and Trondheim Airport Værnes is 45 minutes away. The tourist information can be found in the town hall’s reception area.
HISTORIC MARKET PLACE
Levanger is a historic market place with major trading dating back to Medieval times. The town was founded as a market place due to its location on the shores of the Trondheimsfjord and the travel routes to Sweden. The city celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2011.
Levanger is one of the country’s largest agricultural municipalities. Grazing animals and cultivation ensure that the cultural landscape is maintained.
The idyllic Levanger bay has a very popular guest pier at Sjøparken.
Levanger has a rich artist environment, with both professionals and amateurs. There are several galleries in the city center, as well as cozy niche shops, restaurants / cafes.
LEVANGER – HERITAGE PROTECTED TOWN CENTRE
Levanger is one of Norway’s most interesting wooden house towns and represents a major national cultural heritage value. After the city centre of Levanger burned down in 1897, It was rebuilt in the building traditions of the time and today the houses in the city centre are distinctive and unique in a national context, particularly those in Swiss and Art nouveau style.
The center has a continuous park feature which aims to prevent the spread of fire. Today, a total of 157 properties in the city centre are listed as protected. The wooden house town has a special character and has received the quality mark Olavsrosa.
The City Museum in Levanger has six different houses: Damskipsbrygga wharf with historical exhibits, Emilie’s house, which is an old workers’ residence and Brusve Gård, which is one of the city’s large farms. In addition, an old workshop in Hvedings auto, the school museum in the old town school and the workers’ residence Reinslyst.
The Levanger Fotomuseum has one of the county’s largest photo collections with over 500,000 negatives. You will find, among other things, the country’s oldest colour image lab and the oldest colour photo in Norway.
MARISMARTNAN WINTER MARKET
The annual Marsimartnan, a winter market rooted in a 1000-year trading tradition, takes place from- 29. Feb 2020. A rich cultural program, where the highlight is the torch parade on the Friday night. The city goes dark and thousands pass through with torches and the entire town is the stage for various tableaux. A magical and special experience.
In the 18th century, the Christmas market emerged as an addition to Marsimartnan. It is the first weekend in Advent with a Christmas decked town with trade stalls in the park and with activities for young and adults for three days.
The 2nd week of June, the Culture Week is arranged in Levanger (2020: 6.-14.6) with many cultural activities throughout the municipality. The Backyard Festival takes place from 30.7 to 1.8 with many concerts all over the city. During the same week, the Levanger Summer Faire takes place and on Friday SDS Hansteen – the world’s oldest sail – and steamship arrives on its adventure voyage on the Trondheimfjorden.
Around the city there are many different attractions and experiences. Here are some of them:
The Island Ytterøy
Ytterøy, the pearl of the Trondheimsfjorden is an island situated just 30 minutes by ferry from the city centre of Levanger. We recommend taking your bike over on the ferry and enjoy the lush cultural landscape. Make sure to enjoy a food break at Kafe Rampa. Throughout July you can also visit the open air museum Ytterøy bygdetun.
Munkeby Mariakloster was a cistercian monastery at Okkenhaug in Levanger – probably established by English monks in the latter half of the 12th century. Today, 800 years later, the monastery experience is being recreated by French monks of the same order. The Munkeby cheese, today regarded as one of Norway’s best cheeses, won Super Gold in the World Cheese Championships in 2018.
The Falstad Centre
The Falstad Centre Museum is a human rights centre and war memorial in a former Nazi prison camp. Over 200 prisoners were executed by the occupying forces in the Falstad forest during the period between 1942–1943. The centre also features a hotel and conference facilities.
The St.Olavsleden Pilgrimage trail, from Selånger in Sweden to Trondheim, runs through the municipality. You can hike all or part of the route. Along the way, you can enjoy food and drink at a variety of accommodations. The tour also provides spiritual replenishment through memories and experiences along the way.
We also recommend taking the trip to Frol Mountain and Upper Forra Nature Reserve. It is probably Levanger’s most visited outdoor recreational area both winter and summer, with Forramyrene and its bird rich habitat and Hårskallen mountain with a rare plant flora. Skallstuggu lodge is at the base of the Frol mountains – a perfect starting point for hiking and activities both in summer and winter. Their restaurant is open to the public on Sundays offering tasty and hearty local fare.
Levanger city centre with its unique wooden houses have four marked trails from the Stadionparken with routes ranging from 1.2 to 4.8 km. Other hiking tips are the Kjærlighetsstien (the Love Path), Staupshaugen, Bokkhugen and Stokkvola.
Torsbustaden ski resort or one of the many ski slopes are also good tips for those visiting Levanger in the winter.
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