UNESCO World Heritage Site Røros
This little town has long-established traditions, and its own unique and fascinating charm. By keeping all your senses alert, being curious and allowing your fantasy to flow when exploring the cultural heritage, you can find yourself taken into another era. The old mining town is "a place of whispering history".
The mining and farming activities within the town boundaries have created a unique mountain settlement – a wonder created by man, with an exceptional cultural value – which has earned Røros a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List. This is an active and growing community famous for high quality design products, arts and crafts, as well as a renowned local food movement. The most fascinating part is that the modern people of Røros still work and live in the characteristic seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings. Read more on Røros World Heritage Site or UNESCO's official website.
Røros Museum – Olavsgruva Mine
A tour of the Olavsgruva Mine takes you for a stroll through 300 years of mining history in Røros - 500 metres into the mountain and 50 metres below the surface. Explore the towns exiting history at Røros Museum.
Walking tour of Røros
A guided walking tour provides insight into how people lived and worked in this unique little mining town. The walk takes you past fascinating buildings, courtyards that indicate these were once farms in the centre of town and the monumental slag heaps where you will get an overview of the town.
Røros Church – "Bergstadens Ziir"
Combine the guided walking tour of Røros with a guided tour of the church. The church, which is called "Bergstadens Ziir", was built "to the glory of God and to adorn the town" back in 1784. The Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage considers it to be amongst the ten most important churches in Norway and it is also known as "the mountain cathedral".
Røros Museum – Smelthytta
The melting hut, "Smelthytta", at Malmplassen was central to the community Røros, and from 1646 to 1953 this was where the copper ore was melted. When the copperworks were shut down, it became a museum.
The main exhibition consists of working small-scale models portraying the melting process and copper production, showing waterwheels, lift mechanisms, horse-driven capstans and mine galleries.
One of the most multi-faceted local historical figures was no doubt Peder Hiort (1715-1789), church builder and theologian, historian and not the least, director of Røros Copperworks.
At his country retreat at Engan, he planted a barouqe garden, the remains of which may still be enjoyed by visitors, and a small church built in 1765. At Hiort-Engan you may also visit the café and gallery in the straw bale house and see the workshop and art and crafts gallery in the octagonal tower. Smithy, baking oven and astronomical observatory.
The mountain village of Vingelen
This is one of the very few active traditional mountain farm villages of Norway. In summer, the local farmers move their live stocks up here according to old traditions. The cattle and sheep, as well as chickens and horses, enjoy the vibrantly green summer in the mountains.
The village of Vingelen has a wealth of well-preserved wooden houses and buildings – 30 old farms spread out over a south-facing hillside. It is worth visiting this mountain community just to experience the atmosphere. There are almost 800 buildings here from before 1900. The mountain cheese factory, the scrap merchant’s house and the open mountain farm are some of the things you should not miss.