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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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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Please click any of the emblems to get to their informative pages!

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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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Maihaugen – The Norwegian Postal Museum

Maihaugen is not just an Open-Air Museum, but it also hosts the Norwegian Postal Museum, which is integrated into the area of the city (a part of Maihaugen). This “museum in the museum” showcases you in detail the history of the Norwegian Postal Services. In a northern country with such a harsh climate and such diverse and demanding geography the provisioning of post was not an easy task in the past. You learn how post was delivered with horses, ships, trains and vehicles. A lot of information screens explain you the set up scenes. I enjoyed my trip through the history of Norways postal services. Find a link to the official page of the Norwegian Postal Museum at the end of the blog!

Here some impressions…

This is the building that houses the postal museum. The train station is not far and there is a place closeby where you can get some waffles…

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I really liked the car 🙂

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I guess it was in the 70ties. The lady works in a real post office…

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… many of them were closed and integrated into supermarkets. A tendency that went through my home country aswell.

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Before that happend modern post offices looked like that…

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… with computers!

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Post and the UN corps.

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In the past horses were the way of transportation.

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Writing a letter with real paper and a real pen… no mobilephone app!!!

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The guy sorts the post in a ship of the Hurtigruten. It was set up to transport post along the Norwegian coast and increased the speed of transport drastically and also the reachability to remote coastal areas. A big step for Norway!

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As many people left Europe during the emmigration wave (also many from Scandinavia) sending letters over the Atlantic is a subject in the museum.

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Maihaugen – The Rural Area

Here I want to give you some impressions from the rural part of the Open-Air museum Maihaugen. Please refer to my general blog post about Maihaugen for some words about this very beautiful museum.

As you can see from the photos there are many houses which you can enter to learn more about the past of Norway. In some buildings staff can answer you questions and also show you traditional work like weaving… enjoy!

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Maihaugen – The Stave Church

Welcome to the Stave Church in the Open-Air Museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Norway. I want to show you this beautiful architecture as a part of this very nice museum.

The origin of this Stave Church that originally stood in Garmo dates back to the 12th century. It was set up in the museum in 1921 after taken down from its original place in 1880. Almost the entire interior is collected from various other churches.

Stave Churches are nowadays very connected to Norway and an important medieval architecture. In the past they were not only limited to the area of Norway. Fur further information I linked you some sources at the end of the blog.

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Maihaugen – “We Won The Land” Exhibition

One of the exhibitions of the Open-Air Museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer is called “We Won The Land”. It showcases the history of Norway from the iceage to present times. Coming here is not like in an ordinary museum where you stand inbetween shelfs and boards, here you follow a path through time and learn a lot about Norway. I really enjoyed this kind of exhibition and recommend it to you!

A scene from the ironage. The person melts iron ore to gain pure iron.

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This painting shows a viking ship in the Norwegian Fjord landscape.

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The interior of an old rural house from a time when cooking inside on open fire was common.

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Of course Norway has a big fishing tradition. In the back stock fish, that even nowadays is so typical for the Lofot Islands. It is dried cod fish that could be taken on long boat trips. Nowadays still a traditional dish in Portugal.

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A painter during the Romanticism.

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Workers in industry…

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…and how they lived.

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The dark periode of the Third Reich and WW2.

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After the wartimes the recovery.

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The Sixties.

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Hope you liked it! Let me know if you go there and what you think of it…

 

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