On the slag heap

As you know, I was in Roros, Norway, last week.

Roros is an old copper mining town so it is dominated by slag heaps (a by-product of copper smelting).

The slag heaps are like small mountains – just going to show how much activity there was here during the 333 years the copper works were open.

If you climb up the slag heaps, you get a great view of the ancient timber town –

And of the other feature that dominates the landscape: the stone church.

Looking the other way, you can see the farms and the mountains –

And yes, there was snow on them even in June.

What moved me most was Sleggveien street: a street with tiny tiny houses,

They must have been about half the size of a normal house,

Where travellers and casual labourers lived and worked.

The old wooden houses must have been very cold in the winter.

They look so poor (and picturesque) as they stand there squeezed right up to the slag heaps.

(Not far to walk though for your ten-hour shift in the mine.)

And oh – those wonderful turf roofs! Some had wildflowers and even small trees growing on them.

I’m away filming in the south of Sweden, so please excuse me if I don’t get around to all your blogs. THANK YOU so much for your visit!

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112 responses

  1. I took some photos of Stockholm last week, yours are a lot better than mine – I blame my camera!

    ~The Dippylomat esq.


    June 18, 2012 at 15:31

    • LOL!

      I always blame my oven for the meals I make too! 😉


      June 18, 2012 at 16:30

  2. Thanks for showing me a bit of Norway 😀 Lovely indeed.


    June 18, 2012 at 15:38

  3. That looks so amazing. I think elves could live in those tiny houses! Norway fascinates me!


    June 18, 2012 at 15:46

  4. Hi Fiona, What an interesting old city/town. Isn’t it fun to visit old towns like this —and learn all about the history? It reminded me a little of some of the little coal mining towns (called coal camps) in Southwest VA where I grew up… There was a group of tiny homes all in a row —lived in by coal miners…

    Have fun doing your filming.


    June 18, 2012 at 15:52

  5. how fascinating and great captures. those turf roofs are truly one of a kind. hope everything goes smoothly in Sweden. 🙂


    June 18, 2012 at 15:57

  6. All these shots are wonderful!


    June 18, 2012 at 16:05

  7. It’s like stepping back in time! And what a picturesque place! Your photos are terrific as always and do give such a sense of history and reality! Hope your trip is going well, Fiona! Take care!


    June 18, 2012 at 16:06

  8. OH, MY GOODNESS!!! What a place!!! I would LOVE to visit it and explore each little house… Beautiful shots, Fi!!


    June 18, 2012 at 16:20

  9. Pat

    What a wonderful place to visit and explore!


    June 18, 2012 at 16:34

  10. Beautiful photos! Can really get lost in them and feel that you are there


    June 18, 2012 at 16:38

  11. nice…some really cool pics of the town and houses…i like the look back across town too…the difference in all the life and green beyond the barren slag piles


    June 18, 2012 at 16:42

  12. Once again your photography makes me feel the environment. The cold, the wetness of the soil, the hard working people who lived there and the loneliness of a deserted community. have a great time filming.


    June 18, 2012 at 16:48

  13. TexWisGirl

    every photo came up and i just said ‘wow!’. so beautiful!


    June 18, 2012 at 16:52

  14. ~~~Lady Fi,
    if houses could talk!
    How grand would that be?
    Have fun filming. Xxxx


    June 18, 2012 at 17:00

  15. Yes, certainly very interesting and beautiful photos. It must have been hard to live in those houses and work in the mine. Greetings.


    June 18, 2012 at 17:54

  16. Wonderful images and captures of its quaintness. Love those sod roofs as well! Safe travels my friend.


    June 18, 2012 at 17:59

  17. so colorful!


    June 18, 2012 at 18:09

  18. Wonderful series of photos. A joy to see them. Thanks!


    June 18, 2012 at 18:25

  19. Picturesque is right! Fabulous shots and a fascinating glimpse into an unknown (to me) place.


    June 18, 2012 at 18:48

  20. winsomebella

    Lovely perspective!


    June 18, 2012 at 18:57

  21. So picturesque – but I wouldn’t want to live there! Glad they’ve been preserved. Thanks for sharing this bit of the world with us!


    June 18, 2012 at 19:25

  22. It’s easy to see why you like this town. The setting is magnificent, and those old houses (as well as your photos of them) are beautiful. I, too, like those turf roofs.


    June 18, 2012 at 19:30

  23. Photography by Gisele Morgan

    wonderful images ♥


    June 18, 2012 at 19:52

  24. Don

    Such a wonderful place of interest. Those turf roofs are quite something. I wonder what kind of memories echo from those walls.


    June 18, 2012 at 20:11

  25. Helt underbara bilder från en otroligt vacker natur. Jag måste erkänna att jag aldrig varit så långt norrut. Egentligen borde jag göra något åt det….
    Önskar dig en riktigt skön Midsommar!


    June 18, 2012 at 20:50

  26. Bob

    Beautiful images, the town with a natural carpet for a roof. I love it.


    June 18, 2012 at 20:52

  27. Looks like a little toy town almost the way you have photographed it! Beautiful!


    June 18, 2012 at 21:01

  28. Al

    What a cool old town – great shots. We have slag heaps here in Colorado too but they’re usually dwarfed by the mountains.


    June 18, 2012 at 21:07

  29. Fascinating tour with your fantastic photographs. I love the old turf roof.


    June 18, 2012 at 21:10

  30. These are lovely photos, Fiona. Very picturesque and very Norway. But I agree with you about how cold they must have been!


    June 18, 2012 at 21:12

  31. A wonderful insight into another world … Very picturesque!


    June 18, 2012 at 22:39

  32. Zuzana

    Oh, such stunning images, they look just like theater settings.;) Do you get to experience the light of the white nights I wonder.;))


    June 18, 2012 at 22:41

    • These shots were taken at 10.30 at night! We do get the lovely white nights here in Sweden. And in Norway too, I’m sure.


      June 19, 2012 at 05:53

  33. I love these green roofs in Norway!


    June 18, 2012 at 23:12

  34. Snug houses, amazing country, living history, wonderful shots!

    Have a GREAT Week

    Aloha from Waikiki,
    Comfort Spiral




    June 18, 2012 at 23:21

  35. thanks for sharing all those beautiful old houses. And teh little town.


    June 18, 2012 at 23:53

  36. Jim

    What a unique little place! Can you just imagine the daily life there! You must have had a great time (and I see you did) photographing this old town.


    June 19, 2012 at 00:20

  37. Love the rich colours in that first shot and the blend of textures. A fascinating glimpse of times past and respect for those who endured the hardships. Thanks for sharing this part of the world and for visiting my blog. Happy filming!


    June 19, 2012 at 00:21

  38. Fi – those turf roofs are incredible!


    June 19, 2012 at 00:22

  39. what a madly beautiful land. these photos are superb and they make me want to go there. now. happy week to you Fiona.


    June 19, 2012 at 03:06

  40. Looks like an amazing trip! Beautiful place and photography.


    June 19, 2012 at 03:59

  41. The color, texture, and depth of these amaze me. They feel so immediate and timeless simultaneously. A beautiful village.


    June 19, 2012 at 04:18

  42. Ughhhhhhhh I want to travel to all the places you go. I’m always telling people that I would be very happy living in a quiet, history-rich village somewhere in the country of some cold country, but they don’t believe me. Someday though, someday.


    June 19, 2012 at 04:46

  43. The kind of copper places I have seen, this is heaven. Well captured and thanks for sharing 🙂


    June 19, 2012 at 04:53

  44. Such a fascinating post! I’ve not been to many copper mining towns so this is brand-new to me! Thanks for sharing and I guess I’ll have to pen this somewhere in my “to-go” list 🙂 Enjoy!


    June 19, 2012 at 05:32

  45. 333 years? wow! Those are tiny houses — but I bet they were happy to be close to home when they emerged from that hard work. Such a picturesque place.


    June 19, 2012 at 05:32

  46. Those houses are so cute and beautiful most especially the turfed roofs! I don’t mind staying in them for a vacation, but of course not in winter, haha! But the slag heaps and the destruction of the earth they represent is one of the ugliest experiences our earth had.


    June 19, 2012 at 05:45

    • So true. Back in those days people just did it to survive. But these days, we know better.


      June 19, 2012 at 05:50

    • Indeed. The deforestation mining causes is terrible.


      June 21, 2012 at 14:15

  47. indrani

    Wow! Spectacular views. What a wonderful place to visit and film. You are lucky.


    June 19, 2012 at 05:50

  48. cocomino

    They are worth to see and we should preserve them well.


    June 19, 2012 at 06:05

  49. Cool little town!!
    And your “I’m away filming this week” statuses are making us all feel a bit …..ummmm… “oooh, I know Fi. She’s in film.”


    June 19, 2012 at 06:42

  50. Wonderful shots of the town. I liked those tiny houses.


    June 19, 2012 at 07:58

  51. Great post and thanks fro sharing. Have a great day!



    June 19, 2012 at 08:26

  52. What a great place to have a camera in hand! I love photography, too. I show a lot on my blog:


    June 19, 2012 at 08:39

  53. Great pictures of a qute village. Lovely countryside there…


    June 19, 2012 at 08:50

  54. Beautiful captures from Norway, LadyFi


    June 19, 2012 at 10:58

  55. Once the mining stops, in fifty or a hundred years the slag heaps will be green and covered in shrubs and grasses, but they do look very harsh and stark at present..


    June 19, 2012 at 11:46

  56. Character plus!


    June 19, 2012 at 12:32

  57. JM

    Outstanding set of shots! Love every one of them.


    June 19, 2012 at 12:57

  58. Fantastic shots on the slag heaps and view on homes and far away mountains with patch of snow.

    I agree with you, even the house look very old and poor they are pretty and stunning in colors. The place looks lively and still dwelling. Lovely


    June 19, 2012 at 13:01

  59. Hi there – these places that have a mix of a rural and an industrail landscape are really interesting.

    Stewart M


    June 19, 2012 at 13:17

  60. A sweet little town — love the colorful houses! xoxo


    June 19, 2012 at 13:33

  61. Great tour of the town, but I’m not a mining fan. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


    June 19, 2012 at 13:54

  62. Great shots, history & thought provoking sentiment!


    June 19, 2012 at 14:09

  63. incredible look into a town and industry
    the homes are indeed so tiny and close to the heap


    June 19, 2012 at 14:51

  64. Lovely shots, the old houses looks like a ‘period set’ from a movie!


    June 19, 2012 at 16:10

  65. i’m wowed!! terrific shots, all of them. love the vibrant colours, too.

    big hugs!


    June 19, 2012 at 18:51

  66. Wow, wonderful shots, love them.
    Your photos make me want to visit Røros again.


    June 19, 2012 at 19:03

  67. What stunning and beautiful captures of nature and of architecture. I love all of the colors and textures…wonderful shots.


    June 19, 2012 at 19:19

  68. Wonderful pictures !!


    June 19, 2012 at 19:44

  69. There’s so much character in each of these images. Lovely perspectives on and all.


    June 19, 2012 at 20:16

  70. The pictures are stunning, I can imagine how beautiful it must be over there!


    June 19, 2012 at 20:18

  71. What a quaint and lovely old town! Great photos as usual – I enjoyed seeing them!


    June 19, 2012 at 21:06

  72. I love the green roofs, we should all have them. I had no idea what a slag heap was…thank you for the insight.


    June 19, 2012 at 22:35

  73. imac

    Lovely shots of the houses there also love the living roofs too.


    June 19, 2012 at 23:38

  74. Stone and Wood, great mix. LOVE YOUR PICTURES !!!


    June 20, 2012 at 00:19

  75. Lady Fi, what a lovely town. I love the green roof, the church and the pretty scenery around the town. Great shots. Thanks for sharing your world.


    June 20, 2012 at 02:18

  76. Such great photos! You captured the lines of the building and the colors in such a wonderful way.


    June 20, 2012 at 03:56

  77. Those picturesque little houses are so pretty, but I sure would not want to live in one!!
    I love the last house, but the angle from the top of the slag heap. The prettiest house!!!


    June 20, 2012 at 04:07

  78. I kept expecting a dwarf or hobbit to pop up!


    June 20, 2012 at 04:19

  79. Mining is both a difficult and dangerous job. Splendid photos! 🙂


    June 20, 2012 at 04:56

  80. Charming and picaresque as a part of history – but as you say, it must have been cold and miserable if one had to work there. The sod roofs are wonderful. I’ve occasionally seen them here and have been fascinated to think of living under a roof of grass and plants. Here in Co there has been environmental pollution from old mining slags. But, the people there seem to be living right up against them!


    June 20, 2012 at 07:15

  81. Oh what a grand view! I love the look and feel of this village..Thanks for sharing beauties that I rarely get to see!


    June 20, 2012 at 14:45

  82. lindyloumacinitaly

    Your photos are so atmospheric and the history is fascinating but I do not think it is easy to live in such a place, but then on the other hand I suppose most people would know no different.


    June 20, 2012 at 14:46

  83. I adore the first picture–so beautiful!


    June 20, 2012 at 14:47

  84. Your photos speak volumes on how hard life can be.


    June 20, 2012 at 15:37

  85. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, congrats! 🙂


    June 20, 2012 at 20:37

  86. Your photos are phenomenal.


    June 20, 2012 at 22:04

  87. Lots of interesting shots. Great history. My brother lines gold in N. Ontario/


    June 21, 2012 at 03:28

  88. Dave

    I enjoyed your lovely picturesque blog Fi. Those little villiages look great! Thanks for sharing. May I ask what you are filming? – Dave


    June 21, 2012 at 10:41

    • Making a film for a company that makes chairs. We interviewed the employees and will cut a film of them talking about their work.


      June 21, 2012 at 12:04

      • That sounds interesting Fi. Thanks for informing – Dave


        June 24, 2012 at 10:12

  89. Beautiful photographs, fantastic views. I am greeting


    June 21, 2012 at 10:51

  90. These photographs are wonderful!
    This looks like such a great place to be with a camera.


    June 21, 2012 at 14:40

  91. WOW what great photos. Fantastic, thanks for sharing.


    June 21, 2012 at 19:33

  92. Oh my! The view is lovely! I especially liked the Church..and the tiny houses with the turf roofs..Thanks for sharing! I hope you had a grand time:)


    June 22, 2012 at 05:28

  93. quiet place it is.
    Best Wishes for the film.


    June 22, 2012 at 06:55

  94. Great serie of photos from a town not far away from where I live (Trondheim).

    Liker bildeserien din. Tømmerhusene er faktisk meget varme om vinteren. Tømmeret holdt godt på varmen og en brukte derfor mindre brendsel (ved) for å få en behagelig temperatur!
    Fotojobbing for meg denne helga!
    Men, med nydelig vær blir det bare deilig. Ønsker deg ei super helg!


    June 22, 2012 at 08:23

  95. Wow!I just love the rustic looks of those timber house,they are so original.


    June 22, 2012 at 12:57

  96. Great shots from this once active town! Gorgeous building and mount views.


    June 22, 2012 at 15:06

  97. Once again, these are beautiful captures of color and light.


    June 22, 2012 at 17:33

  98. Great shots. It looks like an interesting place to visit (and shoot).


    June 25, 2012 at 16:41

  99. FANTASTIC photos and a fantastic town, I just love Røros! =)


    June 26, 2012 at 00:45

  100. As always, your photos of a place captures its soul, Fiona. Yes, Roros is charming, even romantic, in your images, but for nothing, nothing, would I ever want to live there. I can’t help but see the harsh reality behind the picturesque. I looked up Roros on a map and was surprised that it wasn’t further north. Still, one does not need to go north at all in Scandinavia to have long dark cold winters (I grew up in Helsinki, remember). And this place looks desolate. Today copper yields a pretty penny, but I bet none is left in Roros, and that may be why the metal has become so expensive; so many of the mines have been depleted, yes? I’d be very interested to hear what took you here — my bet is it was not for sightseeing, as I also bet you took these shots very late in the day… here in the land of the midnight sun. I’m so glad you shared these precious images, almost of a time gone by… and hard times gone by. Are there any young people here anymore?


    June 26, 2012 at 11:01

    • The copper mines are all shut down. I think they closed in the seventies. The winters are very dark – and can be harsh – but as it’s also protected in the mountains, not as harsh as you might expect apparently.

      We saw lots of young people there. I think they tend to move away and then move back when they start having their own families.

      I was there filming in the Håg factory where the world famous Håg chairs are made.


      June 26, 2012 at 11:06

      • The Håg chairs are made in Roros? Way inland like that? Factories are more typically found near ports. And how did you manage to keep a large factory like that out of your photos? LOL! Glad to hear it’s not as stark as it seems and that the young have reason to return.

        [I am on a home visit in Manila, so don’t have to climb over any firewall for a bit. 🙂 ]


        June 26, 2012 at 12:41

  101. hala, you don’t know what your story, your composition evokes, ms. lady fi. your pictures say so much – what you showed, what you didn’t…^^
    thank you for bringing us stories of lives from the North… regards and have fun! 😉


    June 29, 2012 at 06:49

  102. I love the wooden houses! 🙂


    July 2, 2012 at 15:57

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