A couple of hours drive from Trondheim is the mining town of Røros. Today, Røros is a well-preserved and vibrant cultural town that is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The world heritage site covers a full 145 km².
The incredible mining history, combined with wonderful nature, makes Røros a natural place to stop.
Owing to active business and industry dating back to the 17th century, Røros has always been a prosperous town undergoing development. While that remains the case to this day, the town takes good care of its unique history through active use. People still live in the old wooden houses, but the owners are obliged to retain the original colours. There are no flashy advertising signs here, while you can often spot horses and reindeer in the streets.
Røros has strong Sami traditions and is prominent area for the Southern Sami people, who herd reindeer in the vast mountain areas close to the Swedish border.
At Rørosrein, situated in the heart of the World Heritage site, you can meet the Nordfjell family who are reindeer herders. They gladly share the proud Sami traditions, including making tasty food from reindeer meat. In wintertime, you can experience a reindeer-drawn sleigh ride across the fields near the lavvu (Sami herdsmen’s tent).
Foto: Jarle Hvidtsten
The cozy streets and houses
The rumours about the many photogenic areas in Røros mean Norwegian and international filmmakers have taken a fancy to the place. Pippi Longstocking has rolled snowballs through the streets, and the main character in the Netflix series Home for Christmas lived, partied and worked in Røros.
Røros is a rare gift for genuine buffs. The unique feeling of strolling up the historic street Kjerkgata, among the wooden houses and experiencing the interior of the impressive Røros Church – Bergstadens Ziir – is splendid.
Foto: Runa Eggen / trondelag.com
In the middle of the World Heritage site is the museum that conveys the blood, toil, tears and sweat through many centuries of mining history. The slag heaps behind the old smeltery are protected and bear witness to the extremely hard work that took place year-round.
Without the copper works and the mining industry, Røros would probably be a tiny dot on the map today. Instead, we have the astoundingly beautiful Røros Church – or Bergstadens Ziir as it is also known – which is just as striking on the inside as the outside.
Every year in February, when you can feel the cold in your marrow and bones, Røros becomes the centre of the world – in Trøndelag. The centuries-old fair tradition is revived, reminiscent of the days when the farmers and traders came from all directions on sleds and horses to buy and sell, party and talk.
Find accomodations in Røros
If you are going to stay the night in Røros, you have many options. Here you will find everything from the large hotel chains to cozy local hotels, as well as cabins and apartments.
RØROS WINTER FAIR
The same applies to this day with dance, folk music, trading and talk taking over the town. Up to 80,000 people are spread across Røros during the six-day Røros Winter Fair (Rørosmartnan), creating memories to last a lifetime.
If you have not tried kick sledding, then Røros is the place to do it. This typical Nordic means of winter transport consists of a chair mounted on a pair of flexible metal runners. You will find kick sleds at the local tourist information centre.
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Things to do in røros
If you’re planning to spend your day in Røros, you’ll have a wide range of exciting activities to choose from. Røros offers a variety of experiences, from exploring historical sites, shopping, enjoying outdoor adventures and some realy great food.