Røros is an ancient mining village typical of Trøndelag, where you will find wooden houses and colors like nowhere else. Christmas and in winter everything turns white, lights and the atmosphere becomes even more characteristic. Founded in 1644 after the discovery of copper deposits in the area, Røros first became one of the most important mining towns in Norway and then a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010.
Although the houses of Røros date back to a period between 1700 and 1800, today everything is preserved with its original charm and this small destination has also obtained the certification of sustainable destination for the commitment that the inhabitants have dedicated to reducing the impact environmental tourism.
What to do and see in Røros
As already mentioned, Røros is very colorful during the Christmas period and, if you can, come and enjoy the snow and the Christmas markets of this quaint Norwegian village.
Winter activities are certainly not lacking: from dog sledding to skiing, here the variety of winter sports is endless. In summer, however, the activities change but certainly not lacking.
Nature offers the possibility of hiking or biking, fishing and exploring the whole area.
The greatest pride of Røros is undoubtedly its church, the Bergstadens Ziir (pictured above) which means “mining town clock”. This church has a very long history, at least as long as that of the village to which it belongs: the very first church of Røros was built in 1651, a few years after the “birth” of the mining village. Destiny wanted that, being also built entirely of wood (like the rest of the village), after a few years it began to show some signs of subsidence. It was then that they began to think about a new project.
In 1779 the old church was demolished and work began on the new one, designed by Peter Leonard Neumann. The new church was built with slate stones and was completed and consecrated in 1784. In 1814 this and other Norwegian churches were used as a polling station for the Norwegian Constituent Assembly, during which the Norwegian Constitution was written. At the beginning of the 1900s electricity was added, and the subsequent restoration dates back to a hundred years later.
“When darkness settles around the pine logs it is nice to feel the warmth of the fire. It’s easy to be seduced by the dancing flames, but don’t forget to gaze at the stars from time to time.“
The national parks of Femundsmarka and Forollhogna ensure all the space, nature and outdoor life that, if any, were missing during the rest of the year. Lots of reindeer live here and if you are looking for the typical Nordic atmosphere, this is the place.
Don’t forget the Jutulhogget, the largest canyon in all of northern Europe
In winter, people often use a spark to navigate the village streets. It is nothing more than a perfect sled to admire every corner of the town and look for the perfect little shops and restaurants for your trip.
How to get to Røros
To get to Røros you can use all means of transport: From Trondheim you can take the bus, but if you prefer the train you have several options with or without changes along the way. Røros airport is a 50 ‘flight from Oslo Gardermoen airport. From Trondheim airport, on the other hand, you can reach many Norwegian cities and as many European capitals.
If you prefer to travel by car, Røros is 5 hours from Oslo and a couple of hours from Trondheim