Røros Travel Guide

  • Mining Facility, Røros, NO
    Mining Facility, Røros, NO
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  • Olavsgruva, Røros, NO
    Olavsgruva, Røros, NO
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  • Old town, Røros, NO
    Old town, Røros, NO
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Røros Things to Do

  • Watching doors

    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.

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  • Enjoy your walk in town

    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.

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  • Cable Car for Copper Ore

    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...

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  • Storwartz Field

    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.

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  • Smelthytta - Coppar Works

    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...

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  • Deer Monument

    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.

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  • Olafsgruva Mining Museum

    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...

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  • Olavsgruve --- The Visitors 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....

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  • Always wanted to be a miner!

    The Olav MineOpening HoursOnly during summerholidays:Daily between 10:30 - 17:00 hrs.

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  • KANEFART

    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...

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  • THE CHURCH

    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...

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  • THE OLD HOUSES

    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.

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  • THE SPECIAL LANDSCAPE

    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.

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  • THE MUSEUM OF RØROS

    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...

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  • THE MINING TOWN OF RØROS

    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...

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Røros Nightlife

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    by gubbi1 Written Apr 23, 2012

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    In the evening of the first night in Røros I was looking for a place to have a beer. It happend that I passed by the Hiort Pub. Here I found what I was looking for. A nice pub which serves various beers, shows football and has a dart board. It is not a typical tourist bar which you might expect in a World Heritage, there were only locals here. Another nice thing was that after the soccer match the staff left the TVs on as during this time one of the Norwegian TV Channels made a complete (!) live coverage of a Hurtigruten Boattrip from Bergen to the far north. When I saw that some people ordered Pizza, which really smelled nice, I decided to come here the next day again to also eat something here.

    Dress Code: Nothing special.

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Røros Transportation

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    Detail from the train station

    by diocletianvs Updated Jul 21, 2003

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    Røros is situated about 380 km from Oslo, 150 km from Trondheim and only 45 km from the Swedish border.

    There are daily planes from Oslo (35minutes from Oslo Gardermoen Airport), and several daily train departures from Oslo and Trondheim. From both Oslo and Trondheim there are also daily express bus connections.

    For timetables check the following websites:

    Air: www.wideroe.no
    Train: www.nsb.no
    Bus: www.nor-way.no

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Røros Shopping

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  • Rørosmartnan (annual Røros market)

    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...

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  • Great Local Gift and Kafe

    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...

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Røros Warnings and Dangers

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    Winter scene from R��ros

    by diocletianvs Written Jul 21, 2003

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    Røros is about 200 kilometers away from the coast - don't count on warm impact of the Gulf stream here!
    If the temperature is some minus 25 degrees C the locals will probably "enjoy the warm weather" in T-shirts.
    If you're visiting Røros in the winter take layered warm clothes! It is usually at least 10 degrees colder than in Trondheim.

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Røros What to Pack

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    by diocletianvs Written Jul 21, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When going to Olavsgruva expect that you'll be walking in an old copper mine 50 metres under the surface.
    If you don't want your shoes to be soaked in reddish mud protect them with some plastic bags.
    (Be careful while walking - this way you're on a very slippery ground!)

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Røros Off The Beaten Path

  • Hessdal phenomenon

    Some 30 km north of Røros, in Hessdalen, you can observe Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs)!At the end of 1981 through 1984, residents of the Valley became concerned and alarmed about strange, unexplained lights that appeared at many locations throughout the Valley. Project Hessdalen was established in the summer of 1983. The observation is still...

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  • Headstones in the Churchyard

    The names on these headstones are from my wife's ancesters. The cemetery is right in front of the church as you arrive.

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  • Hitterdal Church

    Outside of Røros is the Hitterdal Church. We were looking at the headstones in the churchyard for my wife's ancesters. This church was quite different from others we had seen in the area but was the most interesting!

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Røros Favorites

  • Sunset comes late in the Evening

    The sun sets very late in the summer. We were in Røros in late June and I took this picture at midnight at a lake just outside of town. We were in the countryside looking for my wife's great-grandmother's house. She had seen a picture of it taken many years ago and thought that she would recognize it again when she saw it. Here we are driving down...

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  • Walk around town

    Just get out of your car and walk around. The whole village is about 1/2 mile in diameter. You can peak thru the small windows into the shops with grass cover roofs. During the summer the main street is closed to vehicle traffic.See the Røros website athttp://www.rorosinfo.com/e_index.htmland you can take a virtual tour of the town

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