We woke to a pretty nice morning after our night in the cabin. The sun was shining, and we were excited for the day ahead. So we got some water boiling for our coffee and started making breakfast. As per usual we were having bread with brown cheese – caviar and cheese – and spekepølse in the form of “trønderfår”. My personal favourite.
After we cleaned up the cabin and got our things packed, we handed back our key and set off north towards Røros. I haven’t been to Røros in probably 20 years, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. And possibly Røros is not really a typical place that most tourists would know about. But it’s a place with a lot of history, and if you’re going up or down the east of Norway, it’s well worth a visit.
As we were making our way across the remaining parts of Rondane, we came across a lookout, Solhbergsplassen lookout point. We had to turn around to check it out, and it was definitely worth stopping there. From the lookout you can see Atnsjøen lake, and seven of the mountain tops of Rondane.
Just a bit down the road there was something enclosed by a small fence. I was really curious as to what it could be. From my quick research it seemed to be an old primitive hut and furnace for extracting copper from the bog.
This region, and in particular Røros has a long history of copper production as we’ll get into a bit later.
After having driven for a couple hours more we finally arrived in Røros. And as mentioned before, Røros has a long history of mining copper. During the busiest times, Røros was home to one of the largest copper refineries in all of Europe. Besides copper mining, Røros is famous for two other things. Freezing winters, and being an UNESCO heritage site.
The main street is incredibly quaint, with a mixture of cafes, local independent wares and art galleries. I was quite surprised how many people were actually out in the street and visiting the town.
After we had explored the town we decided to check out the old copper mine and the giant mountain of slag from the mining operations. The view from the top gave us a really good overview of the town.
As we were heading back down the inevitable rain came down upon us, so we took shelter in the museum that is housed in the main building of the old copper mine.
I knew that the mining operations in Røros were quite extensive, but I didn’t know that they operated for so long. The Røros Copper Works operated for 333 years!
It had been raining on and off for the whole day unfortunately, and as it looked like a bigger storm front was moving in, we decided it was time to get back on the road and continue north.
As we continued towards Trondheim the long days of driving were finally catching up to me and I decided that we had to find a campground and settle in for the night.
We had covered 150km since Røros and found a campground not too far from Trondheim, Flakk Camping. Little did we know this would be the worst night on the trip.
As we were setting up the tent it unfortunately started to rain, so that ruined our plans for having a relaxing dinner next to the wheat fields. But nevertheless, we managed to cook up a dinner and stay dry by eating in our tent.
I have to be honest and say I’m not entirely sure what we made, but it looks like some kind of chilli. In any case, as I said previously, this would be the worst night of the whole trip… Turns out relying on a 30 year old tent to keep you dry isn’t the best idea.