Festive wood

Christmas Eve is the big day in Sweden – with present opening and feasting.

However, the weather isn’t co-operating this year: no snow, just rain, grey clouds and plus degrees.


So to get into that festive mood, I’m pulling out some photos from my favourite town in Norway: Røros.

It’s a very old mining town full of pretty, wooden houses (and snow in April).

Pretty houses

Many of the houses date back to the 1700s or 1800s and are still lived in today.

They are very well taken care of – although that statue looks a little frightened of the icicles hanging above him!


The tiny huts where the miners lived next to the copper mines

Are now one of the star attractions of the town.

(I know I’ve shown this picture before but it really is one of my favourites.)

Mining huts copy

Wandering through the streets, peeking into secret courtyards,

You might even find Santa’s sleighs…

And with that, I wish you all a wonderfully magical Christmas —

I hope that you give and receive the gifts of love and time.


For more festive stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

88 responses

  1. bobbushell

    Awesome photos, have a happy holidays won’t you.

    December 23, 2013 at 14:42

  2. Merry Christmas from a gale strewn Ireland. MM 🎄

    December 23, 2013 at 15:05

  3. Merry Christmas to you too!

    December 23, 2013 at 15:20

  4. Awesome pics, Lady. I’ve visiting Sweden. These homes are sooooooo cool! And the sleighs!

    December 23, 2013 at 15:21

  5. Our weather is exactly like yours this week. Gloomy, grey, raining, and absolutely not a drop of snow is sight. I enjoyed these photos today very much. :) Wishing you a VERY merry Christmas!! xox

    December 23, 2013 at 15:21

  6. so cool…i would love to visit…i love little places like this…makes me want to explore a bit…
    icicles are cool too….no snow here, just rain, sadly….

    December 23, 2013 at 15:30

  7. I have been there a long time ago. Your pictures convey the charm of this old town. Sorry about the bad weather in Sweden. Here the snow has melted and we’re back to our days of sunshine, which gets really boring, believe it or not. God Jul!

    December 23, 2013 at 15:34

  8. Danke!

    December 23, 2013 at 15:41

  9. Wonderful captures as always, Fiona! I do enjoy your blog and your photos and I will continue to visit your blog even though I’m giving up on mine because of all the difficulties that I continue to have. But I did want to wish your and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!! Enjoy!


    December 23, 2013 at 16:49

  10. Those icicles look dangerous!! Enjoy your Christmas Eve festivities!

    December 23, 2013 at 16:49

  11. Living in the land of ice and snow, and you might not have a white Christmas? I’m wishing you a season of joy despite the lack of the white stuff.


    December 23, 2013 at 17:13

  12. Great clicks. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 23, 2013 at 17:17

  13. I shivered when I saw that blowing snow!!! You’d think I would be used to it by now! But I love all your images!! I wish you could have gotten closer to those sleighs, even if they don’t have reindeer!!!

    December 23, 2013 at 17:30

  14. those are great to evoke the christmassy spirit. blessings to you and yours!

    December 23, 2013 at 17:52

  15. Such lovely houses and I love the snow coming down sideways in one or two of them!
    Wishing you a most lovely Christmas! Sandra in Switzerland

    December 23, 2013 at 18:03

  16. Such a pretty and charming town! I love the buildings. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2013 at 18:08

  17. Lovely.
    Thank you for bringing us into your world, Lady Fi.
    What will Oscar do for Christmas this year?! Xxxxx

    December 23, 2013 at 18:20

  18. Don

    Such marvellous and rustic architecture.

    December 23, 2013 at 18:58

  19. Merry Christmas to you Lady Fi♥

    December 23, 2013 at 19:35

  20. Wonderful rustic buildings and photos. And I really love the sleighs. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    December 23, 2013 at 19:41

  21. Wonderful photos, looks like a great place. Gifts of love and time are the best! Beautiful holidays to you and your family!

    December 23, 2013 at 20:16

  22. Those icicles would make me nervous, too, even if I were made of stone!

    December 23, 2013 at 20:23

  23. It is Christmas Eve here, and your photos have been a delight in the morning of what promises to be a very busy (and hot) day.
    I hope your celebrations are filled with love and magic.

    December 23, 2013 at 20:34

  24. Härliga bilder!
    God Jul!

    December 23, 2013 at 20:46

  25. What is nostalgia for you is educational and entertaining for me–thank you, Lady Fi!

    December 23, 2013 at 20:55

  26. Have a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family, Fiona. And a special hug to Oscar. The weather is a bit of a downer, I agree. But it’s only a small blip – there is still so much to enjoy.

    December 23, 2013 at 21:09

  27. nocolebolo

    I like those photo. Those buildings are very different of ours.
    I see you have a lot of snow. We are waiting for snow at 600 meters above sea level maybe in a pair of days.
    Have fun these days and enjoy. I wish you a Happy 2014

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    December 23, 2013 at 21:49

    • nocolebolo

      I just can see:


      December 27, 2013 at 10:00

  28. Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2013 at 21:55

  29. Merry Christmas to you too!

    December 23, 2013 at 22:28

  30. thanks for sharing some snow.:) Love those old sledges.:)

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

    December 23, 2013 at 22:44

  31. This architecture style, the Scandinavian simplicity, it is my favorite in all the world. Perhaps due to my roots, but it just pleases my eye & warms my heart. Thanks for sharing the beauty of this special place! Happy Holidays!!

    December 23, 2013 at 23:02

  32. Jim

    Fiona, thanks so much for a year filled with your artistry! Happy Holidays to you too!
    I love old wooden structures and this town is beautiful.

    December 23, 2013 at 23:23

  33. Al

    What beautiful scenes – it’s like something from another time. I would imagine rain this time of year is very unusual in Sweden – it’s almost unheard of here. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    December 23, 2013 at 23:27

  34. Hi! Nice captures in Norway. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. THanks for sharing.

    December 24, 2013 at 00:09

  35. Beautiful photos. Merry Christmas.
    Happy Everything you devise. hug

    December 24, 2013 at 00:49

  36. I like the snowy town you found to share. This is an excellent time to thank you for all the wondrous moments you have shared all year round through your words and photographs. You have a special talent for showing the magical side of life! Wishing you and yours an equally wondrous Christmas.:)

    December 24, 2013 at 01:15

  37. Beautiful texture and colors!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    December 24, 2013 at 01:55

  38. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas…and I’m sure you’ll get plenty of snow soon enough.

    December 24, 2013 at 03:55

  39. beautiful! Have a blessed Christmas!

    December 24, 2013 at 04:42

  40. Rahul

    Lovely pics! Merry X Mas and a Happy New Year

    December 24, 2013 at 05:55

  41. Nice! I like the weathered wood buildings. Have a great Christmas!

    December 24, 2013 at 06:29

  42. Those are lovely photos of a Norwegian town; certainly enough to put one in a Christmas mood.

    I wish you a very Merry Christmas and colder temperatures:-)

    December 24, 2013 at 06:52

  43. I love the rough cut look of the wood, looks like a great place to explore – I love the geranium red of that middle house in one of the shots – and I’m very glad I found “Our World Tuesday” – a lovely place to post, and find posts!

    December 24, 2013 at 07:00

  44. Wow! loved the way you have captured these rustic and old houses in your camera. Merry Christmas to you too & to your family:)

    December 24, 2013 at 07:27

  45. Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you & your family, Fiona!

    December 24, 2013 at 07:32

  46. j’adore ces bois différents dans le deuxième cliché

    December 24, 2013 at 08:04

  47. Happy Christmas to you and yours, and I hope you have a great holiday. I have heard that there’s no snow in Sweden too – well, what is the world coming to?! :)

    December 24, 2013 at 08:53

  48. Hope the weather improves. Just wind rain and slow moving bouts of chaos here in Southern England at the moment. Thankfully I don’t have to go anywhere. Merry Christmas


    December 24, 2013 at 10:03

  49. That looks cold! (31degC day predicted for tomorrow, 25th.)

    December 24, 2013 at 10:29

  50. Merry Christmas! A wonderful series of pictures, must be a lovely place to visit.

    December 24, 2013 at 11:51

  51. That looks more like Christmas than my shots – but I suppose its all a matter of what you are used to!

    Hope you have a good Christmas – kids are going to bed here – maybe they will sleep!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    December 24, 2013 at 12:14

  52. Beautiful indeed!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

    December 24, 2013 at 12:23

  53. indrani

    Fantastic captures from the place.

    December 24, 2013 at 12:26

  54. The weather might be gloomy and the icicles looking dangerous but the building are bright and cheery.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a sprinkle of snow!
    Wren x

    December 24, 2013 at 13:06

  55. Wonderful photos wooden home!
    Searching for beauty and find hope
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014! Hugs from Spain. Leovi.

    December 24, 2013 at 13:28

  56. I hope you are all wrapped up warm as that looks like some pretty harsh cold


    December 24, 2013 at 14:24

  57. Beautiful compositions, stunning winter mood architecture photos
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    December 24, 2013 at 14:50

  58. Wonderful winter shots.

    December 24, 2013 at 15:04

  59. What a beautiful town. I can imagine living on one of those houses. Happy Christmas!

    December 24, 2013 at 15:29

  60. We must be getting all of Sweden’s snow and cold weather. Time and Love..yes I wish them for you also they are wonderful gifts. Merry Christmas to all!:)

    December 24, 2013 at 15:36

  61. Lovely pictures.

    Merry Christmas.Hope weather will cooperate with you soon….


    December 24, 2013 at 15:52

  62. Intriquing history to these buildings and great photos ~ Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you and your family ~ carol, xxx

    December 24, 2013 at 16:40

  63. Beautiful and interesting pictures ! our Christmas weather is even worse we have 100 km/h of storm and heavy rain ! Dangerous to drive !

    December 24, 2013 at 17:54

  64. Interesting:)

    Merry Christmas😀

    December 24, 2013 at 21:19

  65. your weather sounds a bit like ours .. merry christmas

    December 24, 2013 at 22:47

  66. Beautiful photos, whether we’ve seen any of them before or not, Fi, although it seems a snowfall would be welcome at your house.

    December 25, 2013 at 04:08

  67. Merry Christmas and I have enjoyed your blog so much. This is a lovely series of photos, so much color.

    December 25, 2013 at 04:19

  68. Thank you for sharing such an enchanting place! Your photos always delight me. I wish you a very merry Christmas, in spite of the lack of snow (much the way I prefer it, personally).

    December 25, 2013 at 08:46

  69. Such spectacular festive captures! Love all of them, thank you so much for pulling them out to share with us here!

    My Yatra Diary…

    December 25, 2013 at 09:11

  70. RE: (I’m guessing these photos are from last year?)
    Yes, they are from 2012

    December 25, 2013 at 10:08

  71. Happy Christmas!

    December 25, 2013 at 14:09

  72. Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2013 at 15:17

  73. Hello Lady Fi!
    Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.
    I love this place. They have the charm and atmosphere.

    December 25, 2013 at 21:00

  74. it is wonderful to see your snowy images in the midst of our Australian summer – although it was a nice temperature for Christmas Day. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog this week.

    December 26, 2013 at 11:32

  75. Wow, what a fantastic place to be able to visit! Great photographs of this town! Merry Christmas!

    December 26, 2013 at 11:53

  76. Wonderful images! Hope you are enjoying the Holidays!

    December 26, 2013 at 18:51

  77. Awesome photos with beautiful surroundings. I bet it is very cold.

    Merry Christmas!

    Alex’s World! – http://www.kakinan.com/alex

    December 26, 2013 at 19:15

  78. Pilar Guerrero

    Beautiful pictures, it has made your favourite town my next one in the list of places to visit:)
    Coming from Chile, to have snow in Christmas is a strange a idea, but I must admit that white Christmas is very beautiful:)

    December 28, 2013 at 19:47

  79. Really love the detail and the perspective you captured in your photos.

    December 30, 2013 at 06:32

  80. These are really gorgeous photos! I’ve wanted to go to Norway for the longest time but for me, it would have to be in summer! I have a slight aversion to the cold, if I’m honest.

    I can see why that second last photo is your favourite but I think I like the first two the best!

    January 1, 2014 at 19:05

  81. Loving the memories…that is a wonderful town. It seems like climate change is happening everywhere. I hope your color comes back soon.

    January 3, 2014 at 04:08

  82. Beautiful images and I hope this year to be able to see some of the sights you have shared. I too hate the cold…but i want to see ice and snow!

    January 3, 2014 at 05:22

  83. j’aime bien l’avant dernière photo

    January 6, 2014 at 07:57

  84. Pat

    Love those rustic and historical buildings. Fantastic photos also!

    January 7, 2014 at 07:14

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