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Since moving to Trondheim we have intended to visit Røros, a mountain village between Trondheim and Oslo that has a UNESCO World Heritage listed town centre. Røros was a copper mining town and the slag piles feature strongly in the vista of the town.
We agreed to take a day trip together to Røros on Saturday 5th December to visit the julemarked (Christmas markets). This was our last day in Norway with the free use of a car. My company provided us with a hire car until the end of December but our driver’s licenses expire tomorrow (only 3 months to exchange driver’s license and sit practical driving test). Imagine our disappointment when our daughter was too sick to attend school on Friday and our son had a sore throat. We decided that it wasn’t wise to take them to Norway’s coldest town. I messaged a friend (Jenny who hiked the pilgrim route with me) on Friday evening and was delighted that she agreed to go with me.
After a difficult start, with me spinning tyres on the icy hill outside our house, stalling and sliding backwards until I rolled into a driveway and tried a different angle, I finally made it to Jenny’s place to pick her up. The drive to Røros was pretty with snow covering most surfaces and the roadside rock cuttings being covered in vertical sheets of ice.
On the way I stopped at some public toilets in a rest stop. The toilets (and the few others along the drive) were locked and the most obvious place to go then was behind the building. I’m very grateful that it was covered in snow because at Australian December temperatures the lack of sanitation and the heavy usage by desperate travellers would make that place pretty unpleasant…
We arrived in Røros after about 2 1/2 hours driving and were helped to find parking by a kind man that was standing around in the snow helping.
We wandered through the julemarked in the snow, enjoying the genuine Norwegian handicrafts and laughing when we saw things made in New Zealand. We then walked across the bridge and past the original miner’s cottages.
It was nice climbing the slag pile hills in the snow and there were some other foreign tourists about.
We wandered back into the village and walked through some interesting art galleries. There’s some interesting and innovative work being done in Røros.
The driving conditions on the way home to Trondheim were awful with driving snow, icy roads and impatient drivers. I refused to bow to the pressure of the drivers behind me and drove carefully. I nearly skidded off the road at one point. Soon afterwards we passed a driver that had driven into the cliff from the road cutting. It was tiring but we made it home without incident.