The charms of old houses

I’ve just got back from a business trip to Roros, Norway (my third visit there) —

An old mining town in the mountains that is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Mining huts

Modern-day inhabitants live in the old mining huts

And houses dating back to the 1600 and 1700s.

Blue skies

A lot of the old houses have been restored

And keep their dark facades —

Giving parts of the village a medieval feel.


People kept telling me how mild winter had been

And that there was a metre less snow than normal.

(Still looks as if they had some decent snowfall though…)

Back of rickety houses

Even pets in the village

Have their own wooden huts.


And look – the kennel even shares another feature of the old houses:

A grass roof!

Fuzzy roof copy

I leave you with a final image —

The optimism of drying clothes outside

In the freezing temperatures.

Surely this is a sign of spring in the mountains of Norway?

Washing line

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85 responses

  1. Don

    Quite magnificent. I love the roofs and simple architecture. But then I’m sure it’s not so simple.

    April 14, 2014 at 14:59

  2. I love these beautiful old houses, especially the ones with the sod roofs. Your photos are marvelous.

    April 14, 2014 at 15:03

  3. mir

    those houses look just magic! (funny thing about the mild winter…)

    April 14, 2014 at 15:05

  4. Beautiful old houses, well photographed.

    April 14, 2014 at 15:06

  5. Wonderful photos! These houses are really charming and beautiful!

    April 14, 2014 at 15:28

  6. I love the look of these houses!Can understand why people want to live there.

    April 14, 2014 at 15:41

  7. Pat

    Beautiful photos, Fi! I love the charming, old-style houses in Roros.

    April 14, 2014 at 15:44

  8. Beautiful photos and wonderful old houses!

    April 14, 2014 at 15:51

  9. Even more gorgeous, moody impressions! I hope for lots more!!:-)

    April 14, 2014 at 15:51

  10. Beautiful rustic homes! I wonder if they are warm in the winter?

    April 14, 2014 at 16:17

  11. what a neat settlement! so glad it is still being occupied!

    April 14, 2014 at 16:25

  12. I’m so glad to hear about the landmark status and I can see why you love that town so much.

    April 14, 2014 at 16:33

  13. Would make a wonderfully atmospheric film set!

    Now, let me think, what movie lends itself to such a unique setting?

    Marvellous captures.

    April 14, 2014 at 16:37

  14. Amazing how buildings that are hundreds of years old can last longer than many modern ones. Perhaps there is hope for us yet.:-)

    April 14, 2014 at 16:42

  15. Hi! Nice captures. I remembered my young days looking at your photos. It was old and good days. Thanks for sharing.

    April 14, 2014 at 16:48

  16. Really eye catching. I saw some like this in an old mining town near Breckenridge Colorado.

    April 14, 2014 at 17:00

  17. These are wonderful.
    I love the roofs on them.

    April 14, 2014 at 17:08

  18. I went to Norway many years ago and was enchanted with this beautiful country. Your photos are marvelous and bring back many wonderful memories. Thank you so much!:)

    April 14, 2014 at 17:47

  19. Gorgeous OLD homes in Norway… They are really in great shape though… I love seeing them.. BUT–I cannot imagine hanging your clothes outside to dry in frigid temperatures… YIPES.


    April 14, 2014 at 17:48

  20. What a fascinating place — like stepping back in time!! How wonderful that it’s still being occupied! Superb captures as always!! I do love the roofs, too!! Have a great week!

    April 14, 2014 at 17:49

  21. Beautiful photos of these old houses, so interesting!

    April 14, 2014 at 18:18

  22. I like this kind of houses very much !

    April 14, 2014 at 18:40

  23. You captured the charm of those old houses wonderfully.
    I have never seen a grass roof …wow!
    You are a great photographer
    I do so always enjoy your photos

    April 14, 2014 at 18:49

  24. Wonderful shots. I love old houses and I like the way these fit into the landscape.

    April 14, 2014 at 19:01

  25. daryledelstein

    these restored sites/towns are a wonderful thing … we visited provins also a unesco site/town and it was fascinating to step into the past

    April 14, 2014 at 19:06

  26. indrani

    Those are indeed beautiful structures.

    April 14, 2014 at 19:30

  27. Charming!! I love the grass roofs!

    April 14, 2014 at 20:10

  28. Lovely Pictures. I like them very much.
    Vilket fint ställe, vore idé att åka dit.

    April 14, 2014 at 20:54

  29. What a stunning town, although I could imagine that it was pretty stark and bleak there in the winter many years ago. But these days, what a vista!

    April 14, 2014 at 21:18

  30. Ela

    What an amazing place.These houses look magically !

    April 14, 2014 at 21:57

  31. Those thatched roofs are so charming – would love to see the town in the summer. It does look chilly right now!

    April 14, 2014 at 22:01

  32. Anonymous

    Wow. Stark and beautiful.

    April 14, 2014 at 22:43

  33. Beautiful photos with nice wooden houses!

    April 14, 2014 at 23:41

  34. Neat looking houses and roofs are cool. I love the cute dog house too. Great shots, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

    April 15, 2014 at 00:31

  35. Definitely charming! I wonder how they have grass roofs that don’t leak? I would think that constant moisture would cause rotting of wooden rafters. Old world charm perfectly captured!

    April 15, 2014 at 02:55

  36. Wonderful sights! Thank You

    ALOHA from Honolulu

    =^..^= ❤

    April 15, 2014 at 03:26

  37. Beautiful houses, beautifully photographed. I particularly like the 4th shot, the colours and composition are lovely.

    April 15, 2014 at 03:46

  38. It’s gorgeous..and your photos are marvelous…but I’m shivering with cold.

    April 15, 2014 at 04:01

  39. such wonderful buildings and photographs of them!

    April 15, 2014 at 04:09

  40. Hello Fiona,what an interesting Norwegian town! Beautiful photographs. I especially love the texture of the houses. But I feel so cold just looking a at them. Brrrr..

    April 15, 2014 at 04:22

  41. Joy

    So nice to know that you had been in Norway where I am living now.
    i had been to Røros too:)

    April 15, 2014 at 05:10

  42. You and your camera find the neatest places to explore.

    April 15, 2014 at 05:11

  43. How cute and quaint. I guess North America got their snow this year.:)

    April 15, 2014 at 05:15

  44. What a charming village!!! It resembles our Gold mine ghost town, Bodie, in California…

    April 15, 2014 at 05:34

  45. onceupona

    Great pics. I love the idea of living in the mountains right up until I think up the snowfall… blech. It takes special people to live there. Cheers, Danette

    April 15, 2014 at 06:01

  46. Love the old buildings! Lots of fun to photograph!

    April 15, 2014 at 06:15

  47. Great photos of a very interesting place. I wonder why the timber is all so dark – is it stained or painted like that?

    April 15, 2014 at 06:52

    • It’s stained like that as that is what the houses originally looked out.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      April 15, 2014 at 07:01

  48. selbst der Hund hat einen eigenen Eingang😀
    wundervolle Bilder
    LG vom katerchen

    April 15, 2014 at 07:37

  49. Mycket bra bilder av dessa charmiga gamla hus!

    April 15, 2014 at 07:54

  50. The list of places to see is getting longer and longer😉

    April 15, 2014 at 08:33

  51. It is so good to these houses still being used hundreds of years after they were first constructed. I imagine it looks completely different there in the midst of Summer.

    April 15, 2014 at 09:46

  52. what a fascinating place this must be to visit. Does the grass on the roof help with insulation? I would love some of those boards to use as food photography tables! Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

    April 15, 2014 at 10:26

  53. Magnificent and charming, glad the houses have been well maintained.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:20

  54. I so enjoyed this ‘cultural’ village in your part of the world!!! [also, the lighted church on the OWT site is beautiful]

    April 15, 2014 at 11:31

  55. Old houses inspires me a lot. It’s great to preserve them.:)

    April 15, 2014 at 12:17

  56. Don’t the wooden textures look lovely!

    April 15, 2014 at 12:24

  57. To see such details… and to discover a part of history, an old mining town, so interesting site… That – it remindes me that we have to protect them (we have in Apuseni Mountaines, too – old mining towns and places like these ones!!). Gladly to look at these beautiful serie of images!

    April 15, 2014 at 14:32

  58. What a wonderful place to visit, and so good to see it preserved. I love the photo of the building with the icicles.

    April 15, 2014 at 15:35

  59. Lovely captures

    April 15, 2014 at 16:45

  60. I agree!! It is a beautiful village, and the church is such a contrast to the wooden houses!!!

    April 15, 2014 at 18:56

  61. Totally enchanting! Gorgeous photos!

    April 15, 2014 at 19:03

  62. Great shots of a beautiful place ~ love the rustic look and that even the dog has a house ~ Fascinating post for OWT ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    April 15, 2014 at 19:27

  63. Couldn’t have been too mild a winter if there are still icicles on the eaves in April! That village is absolutely so charming — like something out of a fairy tale. I am so glad to know it is a World Heritage Site.

    April 15, 2014 at 22:16

  64. Interesting and informative post. The structures look solid and seems like it will keep out the cold when you’re inside. Love that pets have their own wooden huts too. Very nice shots.

    April 16, 2014 at 01:03

  65. I’d love to visit Norway one day –tIve heard that the he scenery there is spectacular! This village isso authentic and interesting.

    April 16, 2014 at 06:27

  66. The place looks so charming through your lens.

    April 16, 2014 at 07:57

  67. Old houses fascinate me and yours are lovely, especially the ones with grass roofs.

    April 16, 2014 at 08:39

  68. Love wooden houses, but the one capture I like most is your last one! Yeah, those optimists:)

    April 16, 2014 at 09:52

  69. These old houses are quite charming indeed, and such rare beauty!

    April 16, 2014 at 11:16

  70. Old black wooden houses with grass roofs and chimneys – how fascinating. This is the place I really want to visit. Nice place for filming.


    April 16, 2014 at 15:26

  71. what a beauty and mood:)

    April 17, 2014 at 09:00

  72. Looks like a page straight out of some fairy tale. I love that kennel – it’s simply so cute! Thank you so much for sharing so much beauty.

    April 17, 2014 at 12:52

  73. Lots of rustic charm in these wonderful photos.

    April 17, 2014 at 13:26

  74. I love the outside and would probably love the inside as well.:)

    April 17, 2014 at 14:24

  75. Their simple design make these houses so appealing. Beautiful shots Ladyfi.

    April 18, 2014 at 05:10

  76. Beautiful captures of these amazing historic homes. It must be a delight to revisit places like this.

    April 18, 2014 at 11:10

  77. Quite beautiful old charm it is! I loved the thought of even giving pets their own house:) all photographs wonderfully captured

    April 18, 2014 at 19:42

  78. I’m with you, I too love old houses and these are great shots.

    April 19, 2014 at 02:44

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  80. Such character.
    Such intrigue.
    Love these houses!! x

    April 21, 2014 at 04:21

  81. Exquisite!

    April 21, 2014 at 06:11

  82. Beautiful! I have relatives in Idaho, USA, who live on ranches with old buildings with the same dark almost black patina. Some of them are a 100 years old or so and look much like the ones you picture. They don’t have grass roofs though.

    April 21, 2014 at 13:11

  83. Tell me, why do Swedes grow grass on their roofs? This is a very interesting, and educational look into life elsewhere. Thanks for sharing!

    April 21, 2014 at 13:52

  84. JM

    Love them all!

    April 22, 2014 at 16:45

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