Sunday, June 22, 2014

Røros the copper mining town

Røros the copper mining town - UNESCO's World Heritage - a living museum

Røros is a unique travel destination for cultural tours as well as active exploration across the nearby forest and green rolling hills, where you can walk on crisp white snow and fresh frostiness in winter, or inhale the fragrance of fir trees, taste the delicate flavour and sweetness of a fresh-picked berry, visit traditional mountain farms and see the reindeer grazing peacefully in the summer days, enjoy delicious specific Norwegian dinners prepared from famous local natural products, take long walks on the old miners paths through wondrous limestone along the authentic wooden houses (well preserved since XVII and XVIII century) with the roofs covered by grass, and getting the fascinating feeling that you are witnessing a different century rich in history, high quality arts and crafts.

The copper mining town of Røros was established in the 17th century and exploited for 333 years until 1977.
Røros (Photo: Visit Norway)
Røros - the copper mining town (Photo VisitNorway)
Røros is Norway's only mountain city where are about 2000 timber houses - one and two storey houses and a smelting house, that preserved their blackened wooden façades giving a medieval appearance to the town.

Røros, Femundshytta (the old smelter) and the Winter Transport Route are all on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Røros, Norway - Christmas shopping (Photo: Visit Norway)
Røros, Norway - Christmas shopping (Photo Visit Norway)
The mining town, the cultural site and the urban agricultural areas are surrounding the most important mining landscapes where agricultural practices and copper work operations were carried out illustrating the establishment and a flourishing lasting culture based on copper mining in a remote region with a harsh climate.

The mining landscape is a genuine relict because after the closure of copper works no human transformation interfered in the area.

Nowadays, the former mining town of Røros, became a unique and modern community, where people live and work right in the middle of an UNESCO Heritage Site, and also here you can meet over 20 Sami families active with reindeer husbandry.
Erzscheidergården - Røros (Photo Sven-Erik Knoff)
Erzscheidergården - Røros (Photo Sven-Erik Knoff)
Here you can enjoy:
- Alaskan Husky tours during summer and autumn,
- Alpine skiing,
- Boat trip on Lake Femunden,
- Dog sledging,
- Go fishing,
- Kayaking on the Glomma River,
- Mountains and forests tours,
- Play golf,
- Riding, cycling, go boating and canoeing,
- Rørosmartnan - the traditional winter market held each February,
- Røros Church,
- Røros Museum - Smelthytta,
- Safari in the National Park,
- Santa's house at Savalen,
- The gallery-shop Lysgaard Keramikk,
- The mountain village of Vingelen - to see the mountain cheese factory, the scrap merchant’s house and the open mountain farm,
- Trekking in the mountains of the wild reindeer,
- Visit traditional farms - there are about 30 where you can see authentic traditions, feel the atmosphere and enjoy the rural life,
- Walking tour of Røros,
- Winter Festival in Bergstaden.

Airports in Norway

Main airports of Norway are as following:

- Oslo Airport - where most of the international traffic arrives
- Ålesund
- Bergen Airport Flesland
- Bodø
- Haugesund
- Kristiansand Airport Kjevik
- Moss Airport Rygge
- Rygge
- Sandefjord Airport Torp
- Stavanger Airport Sola
- Tromsø Airport Langnes
- Trondheim Airport Værnes

Photo source: Europe airports

Major airlines with regular flights to Norway:
- British Airways
- Brussels Airways
- Czech Airlines
- Finnair
- Lufthansa
- Norwegian
- Ryanair
- Thai Airways
- United
- Widerøe
- Wizz Air

The airlines that operate domestic flights within Norway are:
- Norwegian
- Widerøe

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Jante Law in Norway

While traveling to Norway you may consider the Jante Law - an interesting concept created by Aksel Sandemose (author) that was stating following 11 ideas as a sort of behavior pattern around Scandinavian countries:

1. You're not to think you are anything special,
2. You're not to think you are as good as we are,
3. You're not to think you are smarter than we are,
4. You're not to convince yourself that you are better than we are,
5. You're not to think you know more than we do,
6. You're not to think you are more important than we are,
7. You're not to think you are good at anything,
8. You're not to laugh at us,
9. You're not to think anyone cares about you,
10. You're not to think you can teach us anything.
11. Perhaps you don't think we know a few things about you?

Having in mind The Law of Jante, as shown above, you'll make it even easier for yourself to enjoy your journey and understand Norwegian people and culture considering conformity and equality between all people.