Røros is an amazing city in Norway founded in 1644. It is one of the only towns to preserve it’s wooden buildings from the 1600’s in Europe and is industrially known as an important mining town.
For tourist and other visitors though, you’ll be taken aback by how much character is still evident from the olden days. With it’s charming houses, and dedication to sustain it’s traditional ways, even when there has been an influx of tourism, it is easy to see why this was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980.
Especially charming in the winter, when the snow falls against the wooden houses, Røros also is known for putting on Rørosmartnan, one of Norway’s most beautiful tradtional markets every year.
Things to see
Finding great cities to visit might be a daunting task for many, but Røros will be the town to visit even for a picky traveler.
The Røros Church features awesome decoration as well as special colorings, and you should take your time to climb up to a high row right away. There is also an interesting cemetery where you will see many old graves dating back to the 18th century. The wood is painted in such a way that it gives the impression of just being marble, so the painting job inside this church is gorgeous at all times. With a recent renovation and outstanding building, this church is an iconic spot in Røros. In fact, the exterior is traditional and the interior is just extravagant.
Rorosmuseet Smelthytta will allow you to see how the famous melting of some copper worked, and the place also has working models to show you how some mines worked. The museum is great as you will be able to get a headphone so you can get as much information as you can about this place.
If you want to know more about Roros´s mining history, this is the place to go. Visitors will also see a lot of miniatures about the technology and mining process in the past, and they are very well presented too.
Museum Olav’s Mine
The Museum Olav’s Mine is a very impressive place where you will need non-slip shoes to get into safely at all times. Visitors will get an informative guiding upon entering into this place, and they will go out easily as well.
Since the temperature here is around 5 degrees centigrade, you should make sure that you have put on proper clothes. You will get help from guides at all times, but you´ll also find this place quite interesting too. In fact, this underground copper mind will allow you to have a blast in no time, and the guided tour is quite amazing too.
Established as a copper mine, and you will be amazed at the continuation of work throughout the years. Consider one of only two towns in Norway designated as a “mining town”, the whole city is set up like a living museum. While only supporting around 3,718 people in it’s 1.27 sq. mi size, they all go about carrying on their work and lives in the 17th and 18th century buildings, doing thing as they have done for centuries.
Trains– connect to Røros from Halmar and Trondhiem. Where you can also get to Oslo and Lillehammer.
Planes– Daily flights arrive to Røros airport from Oslo. Other cities might be less frequent, or connect via Oslo first.
Driving– One of out top recommended experiences in Norway. Just map out the town on your GPS and take any route you like. They’re all beautiful.
Here is one of the best places in Norway to try reindeer or moose meats. Usually prepared as stews or steaks, they are a tasty treat.
If you’re not a fan of these dishes, you’ll be happy to know the town specializes in freshly baked breads, local cheeses, and gravlaks (salmon, sugar, dill, and salt.)
Be sure to try some local Norwegian cuisine. So delicious!
As you can see, Røros has fantastic places that you can visit today. We have talked about the Røros church where you will be able to see a rich interior as well as an astonishing exterior. If you climb up to high rows, you will have a better view of the entire city.
If you love mines, Rorosmuseet Smelthytta is the place you should head to while in Røros. Though you will need non-slip shoes, Rorosmuseet Smelthytta will give you an amazing experience walking underground. In addition, you will learn a lot about mining and the history in this town.
If you love culture, Museum Olav’s Mine where to look. With outstanding information and otherworldly beauty, Museum Olav’s Mine is just awesome.
Beyond that, have a great place to try out some dog sledding adventures, meet local people, and step back into time!