Røros is located in Trøndelag, Central Norway. To appreciate Røros, you must open your senses and be ready to listen – for the old mining town of Røros is a place of whispering history. There is great beauty in wooden walls, cracked and black as charcoal, having withstood centuries of storm and rain, snow and burning sun. They have the resonance of something real and true. With its unique concentration of centuries-old houses, Røros is one of the oldest wooden towns still standing in Europe.The mining and farming activities within the town boundaries have created a unique mountain settlement – a man-made wonder with exceptional cultural value – which has earned Røros a place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Røros is a living museum, and the entire town centre is protected – but it is also a town in full use with a history still unfolding. Visitors instantly recognize Røros as part of our shared heritage. The town centre boasts a rare collection of large and well-preserved wooden buildings, made all the more real and authentic by the fact that the people of today live and work in them.
Norwegian Cultural Heritage
Legend has it that Røros owes its existence to a hunter. The farmer Hans Olsen Aasen aimed and fired, as he had done before. Before the reindeer buck fell, it kicked a shining rock into the sunlight. Two years later, in 1646, copper ore was being extracted on the mountain plateau and the mining town of Røros began to take form. But the real story of Røros and the amazing countryside that surrounds it comes alive for every visitor. Slow your pace, listen, let the details unfold, and we promise you an experience like no other.
Route 705 connects the Røros region to Selbu, a typical village in Trøndelag. Selbu has a rich vibrant nature, calmness and lots of fresh air. Walk through Selbu and find yourself surrounded by lowlands, forests and mountain ranges. Most of Selbu’s 4000 strong population live in the hills around lake Selbu and along the river Nea as it swings between fields and meadows. Spruce, pine and birch trees adorn the mountain landscape, and behind it endless blue horizons. For those with a taste for outdoor life, Selbu hosts no fewer than 300 large and small lakes, some of them in Skarvan and Roltdalen National Parks. Selbu is also known as a district for sports and culture, with a variety of arrangements and events throughout the year. Meet us with curiosity, open your senses and the possibilities are endless.
Celebrate the food, the culture, the nature
The food tastes of the pure, the untouched, like the nature from which it comes. Animals have roamed over dale and glen. Fish have frolicked in cold, crystal clear mountain waters. Mushrooms, berries and herbs are gathered in season. Old traditions meet new impulses, noble culinary craft meets first class produce.
The rich culinary tradition, both old and new, is a significant part of the experience for those visiting us. Besides an enchanting cuisine, Røros is an important part of Norwegian cultural heritage. The former copper mining town is one of Europe’s oldest preserved wooden towns and is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. In Selbu, you can experience beautiful pristine nature; lake Selbu and the river Nea are home to some big and beautiful trout.
- Røros Kirke (church) is the fourth largest church in Norway.
- 8 of the founders of Sons of Norway come from Selbu.
- Røros is a popular location for movies. Winter episodes of Pippi Longstocking where shot here and Jane Fonda (A Doll’s House) has filmed here.
- Røros is popularly known as “the coldest inhabited spot in Norway”, The winter record is -50,4?C and the summer record is + 30,7?C.
- Selbu has its own knitting museum.