When Røros Copper Works built the first smelter in 1646, people came to get paid work and settle with their own farms. Røros emerged as a collection of town houses with barns and outbuildings. The mining town has preserved much of its original character with street pattern laid out in the 1600s. Its well-preserved wooden buildings from the 1700s and 1800s were the basis for Røros' recognition as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1980.
Join us on a guided tour, where you will hear about the history behind this charming wooden town, the people who lived here and how the city has evolved through preservation and modernization!
Wednesday 7 October
No maximum number of participants
Art tour in Bergstaden
Dog sledding on wheels
Close to the hotel we will set up a «base camp» where you will meet the well-trained dogs before going on a dog sledding trip. As there will (probably) not be any snow in early October, you will ride on a cart rather than a sled. After a short briefing a professional guide will take you on a true Røros adventure. At the «base camp» we will build a fire and serve you coffee and tea.
Thursday 8 October
Maximum: 15 participants
Guided tour of Olav's mine
We begin our tour with the exhibition "Mining within the Circumference" which is situated in the museum building at Olav's Mine. This exhibition gives an account of the mining operations run within the "Circumference", the area in which Røros Copper Works received the rights to exploit all natural resources in a decree by Danish King Christian IV in 1646. The exhibition provides insight into the Copper Works' history, mining methods during different periods of operation, management and how the mining society functioned, as well as social conditions in the mining community.
The tour goes through the older Nyberget mine and the newer Olav's Mine, 50 meters below the surface and 500 meters into the miners hall. We come first to Nyberget, which dates back to 1650. Here, we can still see traces of the old methods of hammer and chisel for excavating at the rock face, and the atmosphere of that period of time is recreated by lighting and sound effects. We then pass through tunnels into Olav’s Mine, which was opened up in 1936 and worked until 1972. Here, it is possible to experience working conditions as they were in the period around 1970. Our tour ends in the miner's hall, Bergmannshallen, which is frequently used for concerts and other cultural events.
Saturday 10 October
Maximum: 125 participants
NB: it is 4-5 degrees Celsius and 90% humidity in the mines, so make sure to wear warm clothing.