The Royal decree dating from the 1853 states:
"From 1854 onwards, there shall in Røros be held a market, starting on the second to last Tuesday of the month of February, and continuing untill the following Friday".
This is the time to enjoy street life, dancing and music while the town is crowded with people coming from the surrounding areas in Norway and Sweden.
(The reason why the market is held in February is because it's still winter. Before the roads and railroads were built the only means of travel were horse or dog driven sledges during the winter. Don't miss the opportunity for sledge-ride if you arrive in Røros during the winter!)
What to buy: Besides the traditional crafts you should try the local elk saussage.
The shop features the work of world known ceramist, Torgeir Leander Henriksen, and wood carver, Henry Solli. The gallery includes a retail shop, a cafe, the wood fired kiln area, and the living area of the artists and their families.
The building dates back to the 17th century and was used as a farm building until 1960 when it became a workshop for local artists. Torgeir began his business there in 1979 has continued to develop it. It is the most visited shop in Røros.
What to buy: The main offering is pottery and ceramic products that have been made on premise. Henry's wood carvings are also sold there.
The cafe offers light meals and beverages.
Be sure and have someone play the "pianola" a self playing piano built around 1929. Torgeir has over 120 music rolls to play on it!
What to pay: Prices seem quite reasonable considering that the products available are made using a unique glazing process developed by Torgeir. Check the wonderful website for a description of technique and the types of product available.