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Munkholmen Island


Munkholmen is a small island in the fjord just outside the city. During the Viking era this was Trondheim's execution site, and at least two famous heads were impaled on stakes in the year 995. The first monastery on Munkholmen was probably founded by King Knut the Mighty as early as 1028. Munkholmen was converted to a fortress and prison in 1658, and later also to a customs station. Today Munkholmen is a popular site for picnicking and swimming, and there is a restaurant here.