The UNESCO World Heritage-listed village of Roros will charm you with its winding streets and colourful wooden houses. The village cascades down a hillside and has a rich mining heritage dating back to the 1600s. Browse artisan shops in the town centre or lace up your boots and explore centuries-old copper mines and awe-inspiring national parks.
Things to do in Røros
Strolling around the streets of Roros, it’s easy to see why the village is one of the most beautiful in Norway. Many of the wooden houses date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and have been beautifully maintained. Roros Church towers over the village and recalls the town’s 18th-century heyday.
Roros is brimming with cosy cafes, bistros and taverns where you can enjoy delicious, locally produced food. Save your appetite for reindeer stew, fermented fish and small-batch cheeses made at local farms. Other buildings house independent boutiques and workshops where you can browse handmade ceramics, wood carvings, copper jewellery and reindeer-skin clothing.
Venture outside the village to explore wild Femundsmarka National Park. Hiking, fishing and mountain biking will get your pulse racing. The hike into Jutulhogget Canyon takes you down into a 2.5-kilometre long ravine formed in the Ice Age.
Smelthytta occupies a former copper-smelting factory and charts the fascinating history of mining in Roros. Live copper smelting demonstrations show you just how hands-on the melting process is. Just north of the village is cavernous Olavsgruva Mine where tours take you deep into the centuries-old tunnels once used to extract ore from the mountains.
Getting around Røros
Roros is compact and easy to get around on foot. In winter “spark” kick sledges are a great way to get around. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore at your own pace. Oslo Airport is a 4.5-hour drive south.