Last week I went to a small mining town called Roros in the Norwegian mountains.

(You can see pictures of it here.)

It snowed and snowed and I fell in love with the perfectly preserved wooden houses

That make up the town. Most of these houses are about 300 years old.

Back then, the people worked in the copper mines (now closed)

And lived in these beautiful cottages,

Although I’m sure they were considered to be the huts of the poor in those days.

Even the rubbish bins on the streets were picturesque.

Twisting lanes, old wood and the heavy snow

All added to the enchantment.

In a secret old courtyard,

I discovered Santa’s sleigh —

And then I knew I was in a fairytale

(At least for a couple of days).

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108 responses

  1. Wow, fascinating… Beautiful vista and architecture!

    April 23, 2012 at 16:03

  2. Completely and totally charming. Do people live in those homes now? I’ll go to your link and read about it — just wanted to comment before I forgot where I was, which often happens when I start clicking. Wonderful pictures of what really does look like an enchanted fairyland. Thanks!!

    April 23, 2012 at 16:15

    • Yes, the whole village is like a living museum and people live in all of the old wooden houses from way back when…

      April 23, 2012 at 16:33

    • LOVE THIS! You’ve captured that “fairytale” perfectly! As I was viewing these, I felt like The Little Red Ridinghood!

      April 28, 2012 at 14:49

  3. Although not longing for winter views right now, I can see the enchantment…:)

    April 23, 2012 at 16:17

  4. So charming! Love the red painted wood and how cool to find that sleigh!!

    April 23, 2012 at 16:18

  5. Ha — that was your own link — I hadn’t even recognized it as the same place until I clicked and then I thought ‘of course !’….but I googled Roros and answered my question. Fascinating to think of living in the middle of a Heritage site like that!

    April 23, 2012 at 16:20

    • What a delightful and fun place to visit and so much history! I love the red painted wood, too, and the sleigh is the perfect touch with all the snow! What a fun trip you had! Thanks for sharing it with us!!


      April 23, 2012 at 16:26

  6. I love the second last shot. 300 Years old and still so beautiful…:)

    April 23, 2012 at 16:25

  7. Enchanting! Beautiful shots! I especially love the red trim and the interesting shot looking down the side of the building.

    April 23, 2012 at 16:42

  8. Hej Hej!

    Hur mår du?

    Lång tid, err nej se! Jag kanner mig mycket bra men jag är också så ofta trott efter skolan!

    Dina bilder är jattetrevligt – alltid:-)


    ~The Dippylomat esq.

    April 23, 2012 at 16:46

  9. TexWisGirl

    wow, those buildings w/ red trim are gorgeous! snowfall makes it perfect.

    April 23, 2012 at 17:00

  10. Jeevan

    Wow! That’s still strong wooden old houses… these all put me spellbind! Its overall impressive esp. the Santa’s cart.

    April 23, 2012 at 17:15

  11. jillsygirl

    such a fantastic village and great photo ops!

    April 23, 2012 at 17:25

  12. Beautiful photographs and fantastic architecture. I am greeting

    April 23, 2012 at 17:36

  13. wow…this is def a fascinating place…i love all the wood structures…they def give a lot of texture to your pics and are pleasing to the eye…would be cool to explore a place like this…

    April 23, 2012 at 17:47

  14. Excellent photos, really a great success catching these beautiful homes.

    April 23, 2012 at 17:58

  15. Fabulous. Beautiful. Historical. ❤

    If only wood could talk! Xxx

    April 23, 2012 at 18:12

  16. thanks for taking us to Roros:) nice town! great shots!

    April 23, 2012 at 18:22

  17. “Enchanting!!!”

    Looks like our Bodie…Old silver and gold mining town in the Eastern Sierras…now a ghost town and state historical park…

    April 23, 2012 at 18:29

  18. Pat

    How beautiful those red-trimmed buildings look in the snow! Fabulous photos!

    April 23, 2012 at 18:54

  19. Beautiful captures from this beautiful place !

    April 23, 2012 at 19:12

  20. It seems so remote and lonely. Gorgeous wooden buildings and even teh “Avfal” rubbish collector is made of wood and painted.

    April 23, 2012 at 20:08

  21. Oh my, what a find!

    April 23, 2012 at 20:13

  22. gorgeous series of photos, so wonderful to see. thank you for sharing with us. I love that sleigh!

    April 23, 2012 at 20:22

  23. Oh darlin’, it must of been amazin’ cause these pictures certainly are!!! Beautiful bunch of photos sweetie!!!

    God bless and have yourself a super great week dear one!!! :o)

    April 23, 2012 at 20:43

  24. I love this town. It has a magical quality to it. Your shots are always so good.

    April 23, 2012 at 20:50

  25. Bob

    Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful.

    April 23, 2012 at 20:57

  26. jbcuvelier

    The craftsmanship back then is a testimony to how well things were done. And your photos Fiona capture its essence so well!

    April 23, 2012 at 21:15

  27. This is an enchanting spot. You have to wonder what kind of work goes into preserving 300 year old wood houses. No doubt a labor of love.

    April 23, 2012 at 21:28

  28. I was pleased to read your comment about people living in the houses now, good to see them being appreciated and maintained. An interesting piece of history preserved.

    April 23, 2012 at 22:32

  29. Lady Fi, I love that! Makes me want to write a story in that town. Can you go inside the places? Oh my, Santa’s sleigh-the elves are slipping…teehee

    April 23, 2012 at 22:52

    • Nowadays ordinary people live inside those houses… although I expect that some of them are open during the tourist season.

      April 24, 2012 at 05:38

  30. What an amazing place, and your photos show it off beautifully!

    April 24, 2012 at 00:25

  31. Thank you so much for sharing these enchanting captures and their equally stunning location. Blessings for a great week Fi.

    April 24, 2012 at 00:29

  32. LadyFi, your pictures speak a million words! It was like a ‘ Alice in Wonderland’ feeling to see these lovely pictures!

    April 24, 2012 at 00:48

  33. Elephant's Child

    You are so right about the enchantment. I also knew where you were coming from about those lovely cottages being ‘homes for the poor’. In the city in which I live the street which has the most expensive and upmarket homes (now) was first set aside as homes for the poor with extra land so they could grow their own vegetables.

    April 24, 2012 at 02:14

  34. They really look like houses in fairy tales. I am curious what inside of the house is like.

    April 24, 2012 at 02:20

  35. Enchantment, indeed. As much as I’m enjoying my spring, you sure have given us the beauty of winter. What a lovely setting.

    April 24, 2012 at 03:23

  36. The deep red warms up that village! I would love to feel that snow. (I never thought I’d say that….) Thanks for a beautiful post.

    April 24, 2012 at 03:48

  37. Thanks for sharing the wonderful images LadyFi. I would definitely want to go exploring there.

    April 24, 2012 at 05:10

  38. Love those wooden structures and the red colors!

    April 24, 2012 at 05:21

  39. ladyfi,
    These pictures show perfect match of traditional old structures and snow. Who can resist their graceful charm!! I wish I could see them. I always love old wooden buildings. Fascinating photos as usual!

    April 24, 2012 at 05:26

  40. Enchanting pictures indeed@

    April 24, 2012 at 06:23

  41. 300 years old–amazing. The houses are quite charming and picturesque–the sled was a nice “extra” to discover. A lovely post on a most interesting place. Mickie:)

    April 24, 2012 at 06:42

  42. What a magical place Fi ….. And to find the Real Santa’s sleigh must have been such a delight. Beautiful captures.

    April 24, 2012 at 06:53

  43. Thanks for the enchanting pictures – I felt drawn back through time. New to the blog, liked your name from Jayne’s World and came over to read a post…love the Thoreau quote.

    April 24, 2012 at 07:06

  44. Loved your pictures, especially Santa’s sleigh! It must have been an enchanted holiday for you!

    April 24, 2012 at 07:46

  45. What a charming little town!
    So much snow in April.
    Can you see the Northern Lights from there?

    April 24, 2012 at 09:57

    • Yes, you can see the Northern Lights up here. But we didn’t.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:05

  46. Wonderful wooden houses. They look gret.

    April 24, 2012 at 11:15

  47. Amy

    Oh I have got to get to Roros!!! Your photos are just as I imagine Roros to be- magical!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 12:01

  48. indrani

    Still charming and looks young though old. Great shots.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:38

  49. Looks like a great place to take a camera!

    April 24, 2012 at 13:14

  50. Wow fascinating thanks for sharing ! Best wishes to you:-)

    April 24, 2012 at 13:22

  51. A magical discovery indeed..

    April 24, 2012 at 13:35

  52. GORGEOUS photos!! =) We don’t have many “old towns” in Norway, but this is the one!! And it’s sooo beautiful there! And your photos are showing its beauty!! =)

    April 24, 2012 at 14:39

  53. They have nice detail and go well the snow. The houses save us from cold.

    April 24, 2012 at 14:54

  54. gorgeous buildings! what a feast for the eyes!! fantastic captures, too.
    great post!

    April 24, 2012 at 15:34

  55. Mar

    Fascinating place and lovely shots!!

    April 24, 2012 at 15:35

  56. Maggie May

    That was a really lovely post. What a superb setting for a fairytale!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

    April 24, 2012 at 15:37

  57. Enchanting indeed!!

    April 24, 2012 at 15:54

  58. The aged wooden structures are all that ‘s left of copper miners’ dreams. The combination of brown, red, and white is beautiful.

    April 24, 2012 at 16:06

  59. The snowfall was perfect in this enchanting village. It’s hard to believe that those beautiful buildings are 300 years old. Your photos are supurb. Thanks for sharing this fairy tale setting with us.

    April 24, 2012 at 16:59

  60. JM

    These are such beautiful houses! Love every photo.

    April 24, 2012 at 17:23

  61. These old houses if they could talk have certainly a lot of stories to tell !

    April 24, 2012 at 17:39

  62. fromsophiesview

    Love the soft colours of the buildings…amazing place!

    April 24, 2012 at 17:57

  63. It makes me so happy to see history preserved like this. What an enchanting little town. And I wouldn’t have gotten to see it without you. Thank you!

    April 24, 2012 at 18:15

    • Ah well, someone has to freeze off their butt for the sake of beauty…😉

      April 24, 2012 at 18:16

  64. Warm colors in the snow – a perfect subject for photography! I love it! Jesh from FB

    April 24, 2012 at 19:54

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  66. I can see why you fell in love with these wonderful building! The color alone is already screaming charming, unique, and history!

    April 24, 2012 at 20:43

  67. Very beautiful photos. I like the weathered wood on the buildings.

    April 24, 2012 at 20:48

  68. Fantastiske bilder fra Røros!
    Ha en fin kveld.

    April 24, 2012 at 21:42

  69. Great pictures…the houses looks exciting with stories in the walls I think…

    April 24, 2012 at 22:33

  70. sandy

    Truly enchanted!

    April 24, 2012 at 23:17

  71. You captured such beauty here in this magical place!

    April 24, 2012 at 23:50

  72. Beautiful place and gorgeous pictures!
    Thank you for sharing them,
    Artphalt (http://artphalt.wordpress.com)

    April 24, 2012 at 23:54

  73. You are right, this is a fairytale village.

    April 25, 2012 at 00:02

  74. They are so damned good-looking. I’d definitely fall in love with them too.

    April 25, 2012 at 01:09

  75. Al

    Lovely shots, those old houses look like they’ve seen some weather!

    April 25, 2012 at 01:29

  76. Beautiful houses! So rustic! That snow was making me cold!:-) And the sleigh made me smile!

    April 25, 2012 at 06:27

  77. So beautiful place

    thanks for sharing

    April 25, 2012 at 07:05

  78. jcosmonewbery

    Enchanted. Enchanting!

    April 25, 2012 at 08:35

  79. Such antiquity! Wow! How lucky I am to see a fairyland through your eyes:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    April 25, 2012 at 09:11

  80. What a wonderful looking place – the problem with this blogging lark is that the number of place you just ‘have’ to visit for real just keeps growing and growing!!


    April 25, 2012 at 10:27

  81. I loved these photos Fi. Specially the old sleigh. It really does look like Santa’s old one – Dave

    April 25, 2012 at 10:29

  82. Wow, it looks magical! Beautiful photos.

    April 25, 2012 at 13:35

  83. thatstylus

    The snow’s melted where I live, but I can practically hear the cold; it’s probably also warm in those houses though. Also, that quote by Thoreau — the one in the banner — has a nice pertinence to the mix of images and description..

    April 25, 2012 at 13:45

  84. Blond Duck

    Truly, you live in a fairy tale!

    April 25, 2012 at 13:46

  85. Lovely work, Lady Fi!

    April 25, 2012 at 14:42

  86. nice shots of that old town. And how cool to find Santas sledge.:)

    April 25, 2012 at 16:42

  87. Wow, amazing! I love this – so charming and such great detail in your photos. I’m drawn to the roof. It looks like many things are growing on top of the cottages.

    April 25, 2012 at 17:33

  88. The first photo with the blowing snow is breathtaking!

    April 25, 2012 at 19:09

  89. oh my word Fiona, I would have considered this heaven. You’ve captured the white, snowy, minimal beauty in all its magnificence. what fabulous shots. happy week to you.

    April 25, 2012 at 22:15

  90. This place looks magical in the snow. You have captured the details beautifully.

    April 25, 2012 at 22:51

  91. onceupona

    What a lovely little village and your pictures add to the enchantment! -Danette

    April 26, 2012 at 06:26

  92. it all looks so calm. Perhaps it is the snow. It is a lovely village and you have captured it’s essence:)

    April 26, 2012 at 16:20

  93. Wonderful series!
    Such beautiful houses!

    À bientôt****

    April 26, 2012 at 20:56

  94. lockestocknbarrel

    Wow – Great shots!

    April 26, 2012 at 23:02

  95. what a glorious post!

    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral


    April 26, 2012 at 23:34

  96. Perhaps you accidentally stumbled onto the North Pole instead!

    April 27, 2012 at 00:21

  97. The color matching is excellent good for cinema. Thanks for sharing.

    April 27, 2012 at 09:31

  98. Oh !!! This is fabulous, love this little city. Looks like a movie scene !

    April 28, 2012 at 00:15

  99. j’ai une préférence pour le quatrième cliché….

    April 28, 2012 at 16:30

  100. debcolarossi

    Unbelievable. Literally takes my breathe away.

    May 2, 2012 at 04:15

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  102. Thank you for sharing the amazing photos. They were like mini vacations.

    January 10, 2014 at 17:42

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