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The Saboteur's trail

The Saboteur's trail Photo: visitRjukan AS The Saboteur's trail Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen The Saboteur's trail Photo: visitRjukan AS The Saboteur's trail Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen The Saboteur's trail Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen The Saboteur's trail Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen
The Saboteur's trail Photo: visitRjukan AS
The Saboteur's trail Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen
The Saboteur's trail Photo: visitRjukan AS
The Saboteur's trail Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen
The Saboteur's trail Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen
The Saboteur's trail Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen
The Saboteurs' trail is the world-famous route the Norwegian Resistance used during the Second World War.

Hike facts

Effort level
  • Medium
Duration
  • 2 hours
Landscape
  • Mountain
  • Forest
Guided hikes
Season:
June - October

Contact information

Description

This tour goes in varied terrain, mostly forest, at 450-1040 metres above sea level. The saboteur's trail is the path the world-famous Norwegian resistance used during the World War 2 the night they ought to blow up the heavy water plant at Vemork.

The tour starts from Rjukan Fjellstue. From Rjukan Fjellstue you follow the gravel road for a little while, then it turns east, through varied forest - and mountain terrain.

Along the way there are information boards that tell you the history when Norwegian saboteurs went from Hardangervidda, and down the steep gorges to Rjukan to blow up the heavy water plant.

The spectacular nature makes the trip even more special. The trail is well marked, with some steep descent towards the end. During the trip you will have impressive views of Rjukan and the Norwegian Industrial Workers' Museum

Good footwear is essential. On rainy days boots are recommended as the trail can be wet and somewhat muddy.

Suitable for: Normally fit persons
Distance: About 8 kilometres
Time: About two hours
Starting point:  Rjukan Fjellstue, 11 km west from Rjukan
Parking: Rjukan Fjellstue or Vemork (bus to Rjukan Fjellstue everyday 12.35 from Våer/Vemork)
Directions to starting point: From Rjukan town centre, drive towards Rauland in the west.  After approximately 11 kilometres follow signs to Rjukan Fjellstue.
Buy map at: Rjukan Tourist Office, Torget 2, phone: +47 350 80 550

Categories

  • Hiking Hiking

Facilities

  • Classification

    • Marked trails with red Ts
  • Activities

    • nature trails
    • mountain hiking
    • guiding
  • Nature and terrain

    • mountainous terrain
    • mountains
    • forest
  • Grading

    • medium
  • Season

    • august
    • june
    • september
    • july
    • october
  • Duration

    • 2 hours
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The Saboteur's trail

This tour goes in varied terrain, mostly forest, at 450-1040 metres above sea level. The saboteur's trail is the path the world-famous Norwegian resist...

The Saboteur's trail

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Attractions in Rjukan

The Gaustatoppen Mountain and the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum are among the main attractions in Rjukan.

What to do in Rjukan

Rent a canoe or join a boat trip on Lake Møsvatn, or choose hiking, biking or fishing on the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda.

Hiking in Rjukan

There is a variety of marked trails in the mountains of Rjukan. The Gaustatoppen Mountain and the old saboteurs' route are recommended.

Key facts about Rjukan

Rjukan is an old center for industry and has approximately 3,000 inhabitants.

Rjukan

Rjukan is located by the Hardangervidda National Park and is known for Gaustatoppen Mountain and the heavy water sabotages by the heroes of Telemark.

Winter in Rjukan

The mountains around Rjukan in Southern Norway are perfect for family skiing holidays.
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