May 02, 2017

Staycation at Ålbyggården in Røros Norway

In the Philippines, I am always in-charged in planning for our family getaway but here in Norway, my mom searched and booked everything for our Holy Week trip. Two months ago, she already booked Ålbyggården for our accommodation in Røros. I immediately checked for photos and reviews but information are very limited so I just waited for our Easter staycation so I can see the place. 

Our expected arrival is past 12NN and I think the check-in time is 4PM so my mom messaged the owner if we can check-in early or if we can leave our luggage. The owner agreed that we can leave our luggage but we can’t check-in yet because they have to clean the place.

From Røros train station, we walked straight to the Ålbyggården, from what I’ve read, it is near the famous church in Røros. True enough, our accommodation is just beside the church and cemetery. 

Upon arrival, my mom called the owner that we’re already outside and we were surprised when he ushered us to this old house, behind the white house. Waah! We thought we’re going to stay in the white house but we were all wrong. We just left our luggage and then we looked for a restaurant where we could eat our lunch. 

On the way to the restaurant, we were teasing my mom that she booked a barn. She was not expecting an old house too because it is not the pictures that we’ve seen on the internet. 

Anyway, we were able to check-in as early as 2PM. As the quote says, “Do not judge a book by its cover”. Our accommodation is not a barn, yes it is an old house because Røros is considered a living museum so locals tried their best to protect and preserve the old wooden buildings and even houses.

Ålbyggården is a holiday apartment so it is ideal for big groups or family like us. There are two rooms, one toilet, one bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. I was not able to take pictures immediately, so medyo magulo na yung house nung nakunan ko. Hehehe! Sharing with you the photos.

First floor 

Upon entering the house, you will immediately see this piano, toilet and there is also washing machine if you want to wash your clothes, though we haven’t tried it since we only stayed for one night.

At the left side is the door to the first room where the bathroom is also located.

Second floor 

At the right side is the stairs to the second floor where you can see the kitchen and one single bed. 

Since we have fully equipped kitchen, we brought and cooked our own food. This is a big saving because we don’t need to eat at the restaurants. And one more thing, we’re not sure if restaurants are also open all the time. Even Røros is a tourist place, you can’t expect that stores, restaurants and other establishments are open. Yes, here in Norway, most of the establishments are closed during the holiday, unlike in the Philippines. 

If you need blanket and towels, you need to pay additional KR100 per person. My mom availed that so we don't need to bring blankets and towels. My family + my mom occupied the second floor. 

The apartment has good location too because it is near the popular tourist attractions and we have a nice view of Røros main street. 

Check-out time is 12NN but they allowed us to stay until our 4PM train ride since no one would occupy the house. Yey! Overall, we enjoyed our stay in Ålbyggården so if you are looking for a holiday apartment in Røros, I recommend this place.


  1. Bakit kaya uso sa Norway nasa 2nd floor yung kitchen? hihi. May mga resto din sarado pag sunday same as malls. open lang ata pag sunday yung mga fast food

    1. True, sarado sila, dito Bunnpris lang yata bukas pag weekend. hehehe! Unlike sa Pinas na mas mahaba ang opening hours pag weekend.

    2. Mahal pa naman food sa Bunnpris!

  2. Kahit ako natawa sa barn, lol! Pero wow sa yelo sa roof! Itong nakuha nyong place, very homey, no? So not like the other hotels, may pagka-rugged at talagang bahay sya, you'll really feel at home. Pero bakit nga kaya 2nd floor ang kitchen? haha. hirap! hihingalin ka muna bago ka makakain, lol.

  3. Oooh rustic chic! Peculiar nga, second floor kitchen. Is it common in Norway? I'm sure you had a great time staying in the house!

  4. I like the feel and look of the house. So parang rustic ang dating. Good to know that people there have respect to the place's beginnings and tried their best to preserve the look of the buildings and houses. Ang sarap lang matulog at tignan at mag stay. I bet your stay is equally masarap.