While walking around in town you will notice that there are several nice doors. Some will remind you about the towns mining history. Have a look at the first of the photos. There is the symbol for the mining above the door. Photo 3 shows the church door.
Having a walk in Røros is a very nice way to explore the very beautiful mining town. As cars are limited to drive in many streets it is very relaxing here. The houses are very colorful and some have even grass on the roof. Especially in the evening I enjoyed walking around as there is the special historic atmosphere.
The copper ore that was taken from the mines needed a transport to the places where it was further processed. This was an important aspect in the mining industry throughout the centuries. With the industrialisation it became crucial as the amount of ore that was mined increased. In 1899 a cable car was installed taking away the ore from the Muggruva to the Røros Copper Works on a length of 1800 meters. This was not only the first cable car in the Røros Mining History, but also the first electrical cable car in Norway. In the middle of the 20th century the cable car was moved to the Olavsgruva.
Getting around to the mining areas you will see the remaining pillars of the cable cars and the one between Storwartz and Olavsgruva is the only one in Norway still working.
If you pass by Storwartz Mining Field you might find a sign telling you much about the history of the cable cars.
Driving towards the Olavsgruva you will pass the remains of the Storwartz Mine Field. Here in the very remote area you will find well maintained buildings that tell you about Røros' Mining History. Have a look around and you most probably will find the pillars of the cable car that was transporting the ore away from the mine.
In the building of the former 'Smelthytta' (Coppar Works) you can find a very fascinating museum. It demonstrates various aspects of mining and processing of the coppar ore. Several large models that are even moving show you how the mashinery in the mines worked. One floor in the museum is dedicated to products that are made of coppar, and another room shows paintings related to Røros.
In my eyes the museum is really great and I warmly recommend to visit it. There are combined tickets for the Smelthytta and the Olavsgruva.
Information about the museum you can find linked below.
Not far from the Smelthytta (Coppar Works) you can find a monument that commemorates the deer which, according to a saying, found the first coppar ore in todays Røros region during his struggle with death after being hit by a bullet of Hans Olsen Aasen who was out hunting in the year 1644.
A small museum at the entrance to the Olafsgruva explains various aspects of the mining industry in Røros. Beside models illustrating mining technics and different tools you can also see the layout of the different other mines of Røros. You can see that the Olafsgruva is a medium sized mine for those around town.
As far as I remember it is possible to only come here for a visit to the museum, but I warmly recommend to visit the mine!
You have not been to Røros if you haven't visited the very interesting Olavsgruva (Olavs Mine). Here you will learn about the geology, history and daily work of the Olavs Mine. The guided tour starts from the Mine Museum located outside of town. During the guided tour you will find yourself 50 meters below surface and 500 meters into the mountain. It is a great experience that you should not miss.
You can buy combined tickets for the Olavsgruva and the 'Smelthytta' (Coppar Works located in central town).
Here the opening times taken from the linked page of the Røros Museum.
OPENING TIMES AND PRICES
Olavsgruva is open every day during the summer and on Saturdays throughout the winter.
20.06. - 15.08.: Every day at 10.00 - 17.00
The rest of the year - see "Guided tours" below.
01.06. - 19.06.: Monday - Saturday at 13.00 og 15.00
20.06. - 15.08.: Every day at 10.30, 12.00, 14.00, 15.30 and 17.00
Prices Tickets including a visit at "Smelthytta"
Adult NOK 90,- NOK 125,-
Student and senior NOK 70,- NOK 105,-
Children under 15 years old: Free
If you are in Røros in winter you have to take a tour with horse and carriage. This was the main way of transportation in the old days. The horses were also used to carry materials and groceries.
Today the horse can take you on rides in the mountains, or with a carriage through the city or the beautiful landscapes. With torches lighting up the dark winterdays this is a really beautiful trip.
This is the best known landmark of Røros. The first church was built in 1650, only four years after the first meltinghouse was built. But after 130 years the church was in so bad conditions that it was replaced with a new church made of stones. It seats about 1600 people, and the interior is light with a very characteristic decoration.
The church is still in use and is open to tourists for guided tours. The tours takes about 30 minutes and gives you good information about the history from the old days and up untill today.
You can see that the old houses have a very characteristic dark brown color. This color comes from the smoke of the old Meltinghouse. After houndred of years with this smoke in the air, the color got darker and darker and in the end it got the dark brown color it has today.
As they were digging in the mines they took out a lot of stones and rocks. These were placed around the city, and many parts are actually built on top of these stones.
You can also see many slagghauger (slag heaps), small hills made of the stones and rocks dug out of the mountain. These give Røros it's characteristic look.
You can learn plenty about the history of the city in this museum. It consist of the Meltinghouse and the mine called Olavsgruva.
If you are in the city you have to take the time to visit this. The mine is 13 km northeast of the towns center, and there are guided tours that take you around and tell you more about the mines and the people working there.
The tours take you 50 m below the ground and about 500 m inside the mountain. Be sure to bring some warm clothes as it is only +5C inside the mines all year around.
The town was founded in 1644 when they started mining for copper. 333 years later, in 1977, the mines were closed. But it is still a busy city, and lots of tourists come here to see the many attractions.
The narrow streets take you back to the old times, and the old timber buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries have been restored. You can easily spend a whole day strolling around this incredible town. In 1982 the city was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. To get the most out of your stay you could take a guided tour by foot.
Røros is situated about 120 km south of Trondheim and 390 km north of Oslo. The city is not so big, but it is a very popular place to visit. This is an old miningcity with lots of soul and atmosphere. It has very characteristic low wodden houses. The city is on UNESCO's world heritage list.