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.

Kaffestugan

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!

Statue

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.

Sleighs

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

88 thoughts on “Festive wood

  1. 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

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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!

    Sylvia

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  4. 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!!!

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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 ·

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  7. 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!!

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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. 🙂

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  11. 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!

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  12. 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

    Jim

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  13. 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

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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 🙂

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  16. 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!

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