To get a genuine sense of how people in Norway lived during the 1600s, a visit to the historic town of Röros is indispensable. Here the entire town center is is composed of traditional farm houses from the 1600s and even retains its original street pattern. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, the town’s local population live and work in authentic wooden buildings, giving the town a unique atmosphere. Read more of Röros.

Situated on a plauteau of 2,060 feet above sea level,  Röros was founded as a mining town in 1644 on the discovery of a copper ore nearby, and soon developed into one of Norway’s most important mining towns.

The town’s historic buildings house numerous traditional workshops and independent shops making clothing, food and ceramics, making it an excellent place to explore Norwegian arts and crafts while strolling through the narrow historic streets.


The Smelthytta Museum – to get an insight into the history and operation of the Roros Copper Works, visit the Smelthytta Museum. With miniature models of the smelting and mining operations, the exhibitions are interactive and educational and gives an excellent sense of workers’ lives in the 1600s.

Olav’s Mine: An excellent guided historical walk will take you through the 17th century Nyberget mine and the 20th Century Olav’s mine. The guide takes you on a thrilling descent 50 metres down and 500 metres into the mountain. You will also enter the stunning Miner’s Hall. Warm clothes and good shoes are recommended for this walk.

Röros Church – This magnificent church, completed in 1784, is one of the most spacious in Norway, with a total of 1600 seats. The church was constructed by the Röros Copper Company for its workers and features a beautiful, bright interior with traditional blue-painted wooden pews.