Old Mining Town Røros

Just recently I was asked which of the towns that I travelled to is my favorite. Usually I find in every place something special that remains in my thoughts as you can see in my postings, but now recapturing the photos from my Norway Roadtrip I have to say that Røros in central Norway is ranking between the very top most.

The town developed after copper was found here in the wilderness. A saying says that a guy was hunting a deer. He shot it and when approaching it the dying animal scratched on the ground. Something shiny came up, coppar ore. This was the birth of mining in the area of Røros. Nowadays there is no active mining here, but the industrial and the beautiful historic buildings have remained which are placed on the list of UNESCOs world heritages. I have stayed here two nights and been busy sightseeing the full stay, so this blog entry will give you only a short overview. For the various places to visit I will add seperate ones.

In case you also plan to stay overnight, I recommend to take a room somewhere in walking distance to the cosy historic town center. It is pretty large and invites for an evening stroll and some rest with a drink. Coincidence here during my stay was that in a bar they showed the around the clock live coverage of a full Hurtigruten trip.

So here some impressions of the old town and the mining fields outside town…

At the center of the historic living quarters you find the industrial area, where the ore was processed. Large hills of slag were deposite in the vicinity and nowadays form visual landmarks.

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The Old Town consists of beautiful colored wooden buildings. It is not an Open-Air museum. People live here, there are shops, reaturants and cafes.

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Outside of town in different places there are the remains of the mines. It is here where you can do a guided tour through the historic underground. I highly recommend it!

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As you can see, the real old mine is shown to you, not a tourist setup.

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It is not really visible how large these cavities are, anyhow you can clearly see that it is a coppar mine with its distinct color.

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At a different place outside Røros, the North Mines, that you can reach in just a few minutes, you will find many remains (really ruins) from the mining. Here I recommend to stay on the paths as you can see that it is not really secured.

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Beside the ruins, the landscape here is magnificent, even though you can see the scarves from the mining periode still remaining.

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But back to the Old Town. With the assembly of so many different buildings there are so many beautiful spots to take pictures. It actually reminds me of these mining towns in the US.

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This is the main road of the old town.

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A photo from one of the slag hills. I love the roofs!

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Ringebu Stave Church

On a trip through Norway a visit to a Stave Church is a must. I passed by a hand full and one of them is the beautiful wooden church in Ringebu. It was not allowed to take photos inside, that is why from my photos there is only a photo from the entrance door with the beautiful carvings (a little blurred as I was in a hurry between the people going in and out). I found that there is a panorama from the inside of the church on street view which I added at the end of the blog before the location. I hope you like it!

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Norwegian Road Museum – Outside

Many of the exhibits of the norwegian Road Museum do not find spaces inside the large building, so there is an extensive exhibition in the surroundings too. A lot of the vehicles and mashines were used in the road construction, some particularly for drilling holes for blasting. Remember that there is also the Blasting Museum here as a part of the Road Museum. If it is open you can enter a tunnel in which the technics of blasting are explained. Unfortunately it was closed during my visit, so check the opening times before hand of your visit.

Keep an eye open for the huge carrier that you can see on the title and on one of the photos below. I don’t like myself on photos, but here I stood beside it to demonstrate the enormous size of it. Looking at the tyres I remember once on a road trip in the US and making a stop that I came into a talk with some truck drivers. They had these overload trucks bringing such tyres to a mine. Impressive!!!

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Please click any of the emblems to get to their informative pages about the Norwegian Road Museum!

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Norwegian Road Museum – Cars ‘n Bikes

The Norwegian Road Museum close to Lillehammer mainly focuses on the road itself, but of course the objects used on them can not be left out in the exhibition. So you find some interesting cars, but I was really impressed by the huge collection of bicycles of various times in history and different styles.

Please have a look below on some photos of the collection.

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Please click any of the emblems to get to their informative pages about the Norwegian Road Museum!

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Norwegian Road Museum – Construction, History and Road Safety

In the Norwegian Road Museum you an learn a lot about the construction, history and safety of norwegian roads. The museum is run by the states road administration (Statens Vegvesen) and surprisingly free of charge. You will see it is a big museum.

At times when people noticed it is helpful to prepare the ground for an easier traverse they used wood.

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In the later time, ideas were developed to get the ground prepared by rolling heavy ‘barrels’.

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In modern times road constructions are done with a lot of different advanced tools and the help of combustion.

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In the past the help for orientation on trails was done by these sculptures. Nowadays you sometimes can see them sometimes on hiking trails.

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These are instruments for road construction… before GPS.

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Obviously a gas station. 🙂

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Old ways of transportation.

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This is a toll station, which will see from time to time when travelling in Norway. Sometimes parts of roads, often tunnels and bridges, are financed by toll stations. People pay a certain amount to be allowed to use it. After some years, when it is paid out, the toll station is removed again.

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An important issue as in all countries is the safety on the roads. The visitors can (and should) learn about the risks and measures they can take to reduce them. It is a great thing and I hope the message reaches a broad public.

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Constructional measures on how vehicles can be safer is also shown. At the time of the visit I didn’t know that some years later I am involved professionally on car safety… 🙂

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Norwegian Road Museum

A very interesting museum and kind of special is the huge Norwegian Road Museum (Norsk Vegmuseum) which features anything around history, construction, maintaining and using roads in Norway. It is run by the Norwegian Road Authorities and you can visit the stunning museum free of charge! A part of the museum is the Norwegian Blasting Museum, which explains about the history of tunnel construction using explosives.

The museum is located roughly 10 km north of Lillehammer. Please check the map at the end of this blogpost. There are also weblinks to related pages.

It is important to check the opening times, specifically for the Norwegian Blasting Museum. I came in autumn and this part was not open the day I arrived.

I will add seperate posts for the road history including safety, the vehicle exhibition and the outside exhibition with huge construction cars.

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Maihaugen – The Town

So this is the last part for now about the Open-Air museum Maihaugen. The area featured here is the first part that you see apart of the exhibition “We Won The Land”. In the area a part consists of traditional scandinavian wooden houses, while the other part has different readymade houses from Norways latest past, placed here as they had to make place for a local airport. Many houses are furnished and especially the newer houses are strange as they could stand like that nowadays in any Norwegian town and you can walk in the yard looking through the windows or enter.

The Town area also hosts the Norwegian Postal Museum, which is featured in a seperate blog entry. Also you can have a snack here, I took some waffles here. Don’t forget to check the train at the trainstation. It contains a part of the postal museum.

So enjoy the photos, remember that even all the newly looking buildings are part of the exhibition!

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