Roros is called the pearl of Trondelag. It enjoys a slightly dark reputation of a haunted place, while wooden buildings only add more mysterious climate to it. This place can be found in Norway, close to the Swedish border.
There’re places beautiful and interesting, there’re also those that combine both. When it comes to Roros, you may wonder whether it’s beautiful, but no one would deny its originality. It’s a mining town located in the region of Norway, which doesn’t belong to the most popular tourist destinations - in its central-eastern part. Despite the fact that it’s not too crowded, you can get to it without any problems. Tourists coming from Trondheim can reach Roros in approx. 2-2.5 hour drive, while those, who want to come here from Oslo, will drive for about 4-5 hours.
The dark legend of Roros
Roros is considered the most haunted Norwegian town. It’s not only due the specific atmosphere, but also thanks to the fact that in 1718 around 300 Swedish soldiers were killed around here. Harsh weather conditions beat them like the Russian winter beat the Napoleon’s army – they froze to death in the mountains surrounding the village. These tragic events are commemorated annually (since 1994) with a performance in the open air.
According to the legends, the settlement was established in the place where the reindeer shot by farmer Hans Olsen Asena hit the ground. Dying animal exposed the copper out of the ground and soon after that the first mine was founded here. As the only one at this time it received king’s approval to exploit the material in this region. The town itself was born in the 2nd half of the seventeenth century.
Roros was digested the fires many times, but even though a lot of authentic wooden buildings of the origins of the settlement have survived to this day. What's more, people continue to work and live there, and products manufactured by them are appreciated for high quality. Historic buildings were inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.
The charms of a mining town
Walking around Roros, you get the impression that the time has stood still - and a long time ago. The landscape consists of wooden, quite charming houses (although you have to admit that their beauty is highly debatable), heaps and the river Hyttelva. You can explore it alone or during a 1.5-hour guided tour, the so-called. Bergstadvandring. We have to remember that we are in Norway – a large part of pronunciation is literally tongue-braking.
Apart from the cottages it’s worth to see the church that can accommodate 1,600 worshipers, which makes it one of the largest churches in Norway. Another attraction of Roros is also Rørosmuseet, which took over a large part of the equipment of closed mines. If we have warm clothes, we can embark on a journey into the interior of Olavsgruva and Nyberget, two mines open for the public. They can be seen during the hour guided tour.
Each year in February Roros changes into a really bustling city. At this time, there’s a huge fair Rorosmartnan, which attracts tourists from different parts of the world. It’s attended by even up to 70 000 people. It’s a festival, whom traditions date back to the nineteenth century. During the festival you can visit the town and see the culture of Sami - the oldest people of Scandinavia.
Camping in Roros?
In Roros and its surroundings, you can easily find accommodation - whether in the hotel or at the campsite. Tourists also have the choice of several campgrounds, including Koppang Camping, in which four people spend the night in a motorhome or tent for 235 crowns. The price includes access to electricity.
Specific beauty of this mining settlement has been appreciated many times - during the London tourism fair World Travel Market it was awarded with the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in the category of "best destination", beating approx. 100 competitors. It counts less than 4000 residents, and each year attracts more than a million people. It’s worth to see for your own eyes, what hidden in this mysterious little town.