"The Copper town" Røros by diocletianvs

Røros Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 159 photos


The history of Røros is the history of copper production. The town was founded in 1644 when the trial mining started – the first smelting works near the Hyttelva river started to operate in 1646. Røros copper works played a dominant economic role not only in the region but in whole Danish/Norwegian kingdom. (Whenever there was a war going on in Europe the town economy was flourishing).

The town grew quickly, with people coming not only from Norway and the bordering Sweden but also from as far as Denmark and Germany in search of the employment in the mines. The town was built with two parallel main streets and a rectangular grid system with dominantly wooden houses.

The last working mine closed in 1986. In 1980 Røros was appointed the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The whole region is rich in cultural heritage from the mining industry.

Where is Røros?

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cultural World Heritage site - industrial landscape
  • Cons:Can be extremely cold in the winter
  • Last visit to Røros: Feb 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 29, 2003
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    I'm always fascinated by old mines and also by the quite awful working and living conditions of the miners in those days -- especially since I read Zola's Germinal about coal miners in the north of France.

  • Jul 22, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    so much snow!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Lovely wintery photos! What on earth brought you to this town in the first place?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 8:44 AM

    My father is probably heading off to Bruksvallarna (S) for cross country skiing at the beginning of December. The next bigger town seems to be Roros (N) and you are top ranked there. Well done ... :o)

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2006 at 12:12 PM

    Nice place and beautiful photos. I guess I will be in Norway again in the summer, but this place is just too south for me ;-)

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 6:47 AM

    What an interesting place. What a lovely page.

  • Oct 6, 2005 at 1:30 AM

    I've only been to Røros in summer - but it does look really picturesque with all that snow! Nice pages!:o) ~Mette~

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2004 at 7:17 AM

    Too cold for me! Good writing, though.

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2004 at 11:27 AM

    I would love to go on a sleigh ride through all that snow! Great pictures!

  • Maria_75's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2004 at 2:10 PM

    Since you went there in winter I can imagine that the 5 degrees inside the mines was warm... ;) It can get really cold in Røros, but its truely a fantastic place. Great pages!

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