Nidelva is a river in Trondheim Municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. The name of the 30-kilometre (19 mi) long river translates to "the River Nid" since the suffix elva or elven is the Norwegian word for "river".[1][2]

Nidelva in Trondheim, view upstream
Nidelva is located in Trøndelag
Location of the river
Nidelva is located in Norway
Nidelva (Norway)
Physical characteristics
 • locationTrondheim, Norway
 • coordinates63°15′30″N 10°27′49″E / 63.2582°N 10.4637°E / 63.2582; 10.4637
 • elevation157 metres (515 ft)
 • location
Trondheim, Norway
 • coordinates
63°26′38″N 10°24′53″E / 63.4438°N 10.4147°E / 63.4438; 10.4147Coordinates: 63°26′38″N 10°24′53″E / 63.4438°N 10.4147°E / 63.4438; 10.4147
 • elevation
0 metres (0 ft)
Length30 km (19 mi)
Basin size3,118 km2 (1,204 sq mi)
 • average94 m3/s (3,300 cu ft/s)
Basin features
River systemNea-Nidelvvassdraget
Inland portsTrondheim


The Nidelva starts at the Hyttfossen waterfall which rises from Bjørsjøen, a small lake located just below Selbusjøen, the largest lake in the southern part of Trøndelag County. The Nidelva runs north through Klæbu, then to Tiller, and then through the city of Trondheim before reaching Trondheimsfjord by the island of Brattøra near Trondheim Central Station. The Nidelva is at its deepest at the Trongfossen, a deep ravine in the village of Klæbu. There are six hydro-electric power stations along the river. The Nidelva forms the last part of the Nea-Nidelvvassdraget watershed. The Nea River is a tributary which empties into Selbusjøen, which in turn flows into the Nidelva.[2][3]

The popular Norwegian waltz, Nidelven Stille og Vakker du er ("Nidelven quiet and beautiful you are"), was written by composer Oskar Hoddø (1916–1943). According to tradition, Hoddø wrote the waltz about the Nidelva River one night in late April 1940 while he was standing at Gamle Bybro in Trondheim.[4]

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  1. ^ "Gamle bybro" (in Norwegian). Trondheim Havn. Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
  2. ^ a b Olsen Haugen, Morten, ed. (2017-11-13). "Nidelva – Trøndelag". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  3. ^ Rosvold, Knut A., ed. (2010-10-17). "Neavassdraget". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  4. ^ Hoddø, Oskar (2002-11-01). "Nidelven stille og vakker du er". Trønderlag of America. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Øksendal, Asbjørn (1969). Lurøy-affæren - Operasjon Oleander: Gestapo i Trondheim og Leksvik-affæren 1942-44 (in Norwegian). Norge: Nordenfjelske forlag. ISBN 9788270050239.

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