Hell (Norway)

The railway station to the right, the "Gods-expedition" straight ahead

Hell is a village of about 1,400 inhabitants in Nord-Trøndelag. Located next to Trondheim airport, it's administratively part of the Stjørdal municipality. While there's very little to see there, except for an annual blues festival in September, it's always fun to get a picture of yourself outside Gods Expedition (freight forwarding office).

Understand

The name Hell stems from the Old Norse word hellir, which means "overhang", "cliff cave". The Norwegian word hell can also mean "luck". The Old Norse word Hel is the same as today's English Hell, and as a proper noun, Hel was the ruler of Hel. In modern Norwegian the word for hell is helvete.

Get in

By plane

Hell is adjacent to   Trondheim Værnes Airport, flights operated from major Norwegian cities and towns, International flights are available from Amsterdam, London (Stansted), Stockholm, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik, Prague, Malaga and Nice.

By train

Hell has a train station where local trains from Trondheim, the airport, and Steinkjer stop. There are one or two departures per hour. There are also trains from Sweden (twice per day) that stop in Hell. If you want to take the train from Hell, be aware that the train will only stop if they see someone standing at the platform, otherwise it will pass. NSB sells tickets and operates the trains.

By car

The town is situated next to Norway's main north-south highway, E6, leading north from Trondheim. Coming from Sweden, E14 ends in Stjørdal north of the airport. From there take E6 south past the airport.

By foot

The distance is 1.5km (1 mi) south west from the airport. If visiting Trondheim, you can walk from the airport, visit Hell and take the train to Trondheim. You can also schedule extra time if changing plane. The walkway begins at the airport railway station. Cross the river and then follow the railway in right direction. Print a map from the net before the journey.

Get around

You can get around by foot, bike or car.

See

Junction of county roads 26 and 705, just east of Hell

Do

Buy

"Hell senteret - your shopping centre"

Among English-speaking tourists, popular postcards depict the station with a heavy frost on the ground, making a visual joke about "Hell frozen over." Temperatures in Hell can reach -20 °C during winter.

Eat

Self-catering is also an option - there are grocery stores in the mall and the airport also offers lighter meals. For finer dining, head to the restaurant at Rica Hell Hotel.

Drink

Vertigo Bar is located at the Rica Hotel.

Sleep

Alternatively, there is a Radisson Hotel next to the airport, just a kilometre and a half north of Hell. Cheaper accommodation is available in Trondheim and if you're really on a shoestring, remember that the right to access in Scandinavia allows you to camp in the wilderness.

Go next

Routes through Hell

Narvik Mo i Rana  N  S  Trondheim Oslo


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