Roros is a municipality and town in Norway, in Sor-Trondelag County. It is considered to be within the Gauldalen region. Roros is the administrative center of the municipality. Some of the other villages nearby include Hitterdalen, Galaa, Feragen, Glamos, and Brekken.
Roros is a small mining town, and it is sometimes referred to as Bergstaden. Bergstaden translates to “the mining town” because of its historical fame for copper mining. It is one of just a couple of towns in Norway that were designated as “mining towns” historically, along with Kongsberg. The current residents of Roros still live and work in the traditional 17th and 18th century buildings that have partially contributed to the town being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Roros has roughly 80 wooden house, and most them are located near courtyards. A lot of them have their traditional dark pitch-log appearances, which makes the town have sort of a medieval appearance.
The town is small, taking up just 1.3 square miles, and it has a population of just over 3,600. The population density is a little over 1,000 inhabitants per square mile. Roros is the administrative hub of the municipality of the same name. There are a couple of different churches in the town: Roros Chapel and Roros Church.
The town is named after a farm called Roros. It was actually called Roraas in 1530. The first part is the river called Roa and the last part is os, which translates to “mouth of a river”. It is not the only town in Norway to incorporate “mouth of a river” into its name. Roa runs into the river Glama there. No one knows the name of the river Roa. There isn’t any available interpretation of the name, Plassje – which is of Sami origin.
In the wintertime, there is a market festival called “Rorosmartnan”, and it brings in roughly 60,000-70,000 people each year, most of them tourists. However, locals also participate in the festival. The market starts on the last Tuesday in Februrary, and it lasts just under a week. There is an outdoor theater performance as well, and it is performed to commemorate the tragedy of Swedish soldiers freezing to death. The show has been put on since the mid-1990s. If you’re going to visit Roros, you probably want to visit during this wintertime market festival. You’ll see a whole lot of culture in one week – enough to remember for a very long time.
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