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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Lemming at the Åsdalstjørna Nature Reserve

Driving the road Fv385 southwards through Norway I saw a sign about a hut standing on the side of the road. Signs indicated that there is something to see. So I stopped my car and found some kind of memorial built of stone. While looking at it I notices something small was running on the ground. At first I thought it is a mouse, but looking more carefully I could identify it as a Lemming. They live a very dangerous life, but this guy chose at least a nice place at the Åsdalstjørna Nature Reserve.

Lemmings are known to commit suicide, but that is not true. There are years that the population gives birth to much more Lemmings of one gender, so the pressure on finding new free territories is so high that a mass emmigration takes place which many Lemmings to find their death by e.g. drowning. Just recently it was stated this way on a TV documentory I saw about Lemmings and is backed by BBC documentory “The Truth About Norwegian Lemmings”.

I have to say I really like them!

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Maihaugen – My favorite Open-Air Museum

Grewing up close to an Open-Air Museum called ‘Hessenpark’ north of Frankfurt/Main in Germany, I became fond of this type of museum early in my life. Whenever I travel and find one, I try to visit it. Many I have seen already like the Greenfield Village, which is part of the Henry Ford museum in Detroit, the Pielinen Museum in eastern Finland and many larger and smaller more which all are very nice. But there is one in Lillehammer, which stayed in my mind as slightly the best even though they are often really hard to compare with the themes they want to cover. The museum showcases such a wide range of objects, is huge and feels complete. This is the Open-Air Museum Maihaugen. You will find old farm buildings, a stave church but also very modern buildings which were placed here after being in the way for an airport. It feels very strange to walk in the garden of modern houses as it feels people still live there. A postmuseum is also included in the area and a huge exhibition which guides you through the full history of Norway. I will add few blog entries of the different parts of the museum. I am sure you will like this cosy museum.

Here a collection of photos from Maihaugen…

The shopping street leading to the train startion and postmuseum

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This is the modern part of the museum. The brown building in the back is a futuristic building with hightec built inside. You can not enter this building as it is for research as I understood.

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Inside the postmuseum you can travel through time of postal services.

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In the agricultural part you have fields and farm buildings.

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Fishing houses along a lake are also part of the museum

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And buildings which house different old professions, so you can learn about the tradition of weaving for example. There are people demonstrating it and also tell you about the history of the buildings.

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Into many of the buildings you can enter to see the interior, so take a lot of time. I think a full day is well suitable if you keep it slow.

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A traditional stave church, special for Norway.

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I conclude my intro to Maihaugen with a scene of the Norway exhibition.

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More about Maihaugen coming soon, for the time being click on the emblem to get to Maihaugens webpage…

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The Atlantic Ocean Road

Looking for a very spectacular road? I can recommend you the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway. It is a combination of 7 bridges and road pieces over a distance of 8.3 kilometer. Some of the bridges are twisted to fit to the geografics, it gives it a spectacular look. From time to time the road is used for filming advertisements or documentories, often by car companies like for example the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell and the Bentley Continental GT (embedded video below). But I can assure you also a cheaper car is perfect to experience this beautiful piece of asphalt.

The construction started in 1983 and it was inaugurated in 1989. By the way, in Norway they call the road Atlanterhavsvegen. It does not cost any toll.

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Here the video, you can start it at minute 12:20. Before is mainly technics and driving the Trollstigen Road…

Marstrand – Seafreshness

Today you can join me on a trip to one of the beautiful islands on the westcoast of Sweden, Marstrand! Not far from Gothenborg it is a perfect location for a daytrip to enjoy the summer breeze. My first I time I came here was during my studies at Chalmers in Gothenborg. Another foreign friend had his car with him and we decided to have a look as we heard that it is a nice place. And it was right.

Years later on my way back from my trip to Norway I remembered Marstrand and decided to stop by for half a day. As you can see on the photos, the weather improved drastically over the visit…

Marstrand is partly located on an island, on which it is not allowed for visitors to go by car. A ferry connects the island to the mainland where also the parkings are located. The ferry comes regularly, so there is not much waiting time. At the end of the blog check the link to the timetable of the västtrafik between the mainland and Marstand island.

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Marstrand is not only the village with its waterfront, but also a nice nature. There is a path leading along the coastline. At some points it is possible to go swimming.

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You can see the typical rocks that form the skerries in Scandinavia. A result of the moving glaciers during the iceage.

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From the fortress located on the top of the hill in the center of the island you have great views. It is a beautiful place!

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Beautifully colored wooden houses and cobble stone streets. Scandinavia at its best.

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Marstand is famous for sailing, not just the famous sailing events, but also for sparetime captains. During summer there is always something going on.

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Looking over the water towards the mainland.

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Obviously it is Sweden!

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At some point I had to take the ferry back… unfortunately. But next time I get into the region I will come back. For you it is not completely over, I will bring you to the Carlsten Fortress on Marstand in one of my next blog entries! Squeezing it into this blog I would not have given it the attention it deserves…

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Vevlingestrand Camping

On my way north after having seen Stockholm, Öland and many other places it was time to push a little to get further to my destination Finland. But to be in good condition it is important to have a nice and calm place to sleep. I found Vevlingestrand Camping on the eastern outskirts of Bollnäs. As I usually travel north out of season, it was really calm and I enjoyed the location very much. With the disappearing light, not only the humans started to find their way to a rest, but also the geese came with loud trompet noises, then landed to calm down at their safe sleeping place on the water in front of the camping. At that time the geese were on their exhausting travel southwards fleeing from the harsh cold winter in Scandinavia. I love their sound and really admire them. If you are traveling in that part of Sweden, I think you will find a good place to be at Vevlingestrand Camping.

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Easter Hike on the Baltic Sea

March in Kemi at the far end of the Baltic Sea allows on an early Easter to have a nice walk on the Baltic Sea. Not far from the arctic circle the winter are bitter cold and due to the reduced amount of sea salt the sea always freezes so deep that you can later walk on the ice for kilometers. The city officially opens tracks for hiking and cross-country skiing. So my Easter march was on the Baltic Sea to an island where I could have a cup of coffee. Only go on the ice if you know that it can hold you! It is risky otherwise. During my visit in 2008 so many people came here that I was sure it is ok to go… I was far from alone 🙂

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