For some strange reason, the most read post I have written on this blog is about Røros.
Interestingly enough the post doesn’t even talk about what to do or see in Røros, but about my mistake in taking the train through here (on the way to Oslo) rather than the faster parallel route via Dombås. Basically the only downside to Røros is that it’s train is diesel and thus considerably less environmentally friendly than it’s electric cousin.
Otherwise, it’s a great little place! I’ve been there twice before. Most recently for the Rørosmartnan in February this year. It’s a celebration of old traditions in this UNESCO listed former mining town, with handicraft exhibitions, traditional food and related activities. They also had a national cross country ski competition here last year I think (mabye every year?), but for a full oversight of the activities in Røros it’s of course best to visit the official website.
I’m going to take the assumption that readers of this post are interested to know more about the tourism related aspects of Røros, including how to get here. So this is the focus of this post.
The first time I went to Røros I took the train. It was the second weekend of December and our intention was to visit the Christmas markets here (in 2016 the Christmas market is open 1st to 4th of December). Unfortunately we went the weekend after all the markets had closed! So we wandered the ice-cold streets and went in and out of restaurants and the shops that were still open.
The train from Trondheim takes around 2.5 hours and goes three times daily (in each direction) except for Saturday which is once a day. The same train continues on to Hamar, or you can travel from Oslo in the opposite direction with a stop at Hamar. A complete timetable from NSB over the Rørosbanen is available here (until December this year). But even easier is the routeplanner from NSB.
There are a bunch of things to visit in Røros that I haven’t done. Much to my disappointment this includes renting a ‘spark’ to move around on the icy streets. When the tourist office is open (again, on the Sunday when we were there, it wasn’t!) they have rental of ‘sparks’ – a cross between very long ice skates and a chair. It costs 50 kr per day.
But if the prospect of sliding down Røros’ main street on a slippery metal chair isn’t your thing then maybe you can visit some of the many cool shops instead. Some personal favourites include:
- Røros Samvirkelag (lots of nice scandinavian design items)
- any of the many shops selling Røros tweed blankets – these are a very common gift to new parents in central Norway.
- A rather eccentric but very colourful pottery collection from Lysgaard
- Røros brewery and mineral water factory
- If you enjoy game, then there are also lots of shops selling dried reindeer and similar such things.
Other alternatives to get here
Other travel alternatives are bus. From Trondheim there is a direct AtB regional bus (number 340) 4 times a day during the week and twice a day on the weekends. The timetable can be found here, and the routeplaner from Sør-Trøndelags AtB is here.
Additionally you can take some private bus companies. I got to the Rørosmartnan with Tide Buss, which has a set up a round trip which works nicely with the market timetable. This was a very affordable 250kr round trip.
Hitchhiking? Of course that’s not for everyone, so maybe carpooling is more realistic. Unfortunately the Norwegian carpooling market is nowhere near as developed as that in Germany and other parts of continental Europe. But you may be lucky if you are very flexible and have a look at GoMore.