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Krossobanen Photo: Willy Kittelsen
Krossobanen Photo: Willy Kittelsen
Krossobanen was built in 1928 and was a gift from Norsk Hydro, so the townspeople could get up to see the sun during the winter.

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The Krossobane Cable Car was the first cable car to be built in northern Europe. It was built in 1928 and it was a gift from Norsk Hydro to the townspeople so that they could get up high enough to see the sun during the winter.

The lower station has a large car park, from which the two cable cars, "Tyttebær" (cranberry) and "Blåbær" (blueberry) carry passengers up to an altitude of 886 metres. The view over Rjukan from the upper station is fantastic, with the mountains rolling away to the south and west and Vemork nestling in the valley where the dramatic heavy water sabotage operations took place during the WWII.

The cable car has recently been renovated, with new machinery and other technical installations. Visits to the operations room can be arranged on request.

Every Year thousands of people take the cable car to the upper station in order to access the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and cycle to the Kalhovd Turisthytte. The trail is 30km long and signposted. It is suitable for cyclists of all ages. You can either carry on from Kalhovd and cycle a round trip via Atraa back to Rjukan, or return the same way as you arrived.


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1/1/2015 - 6/15/2016
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat and Sun
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9/19/2014 - 6/15/2015
Fri and Sat
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9/29/2014 - 10/12/2014
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Sun
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
1/1/2015 - 2/12/2015
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
5/4/2015 - 5/13/2015
Mon - Sun


  • Museums, Galleries and crafts

    • guided tour by appointment
    • permanent exhibitions
  • Sports activities

    • bike trails
  • General facilities

    • playground
  • Activities

    • tobogganing
  • Nature and terrain

    • lookout point
    • hiking area
    • borders on a national park
  • Season

    • all year round

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Krossobanen - Photo: Willy Kittelsen


The Krossobane Cable Car was the first cable car to be built in northern Europe. It was built in 1928 and it was a gift from Norsk Hydro to the townspe...


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Tourist information in Rjukan

The tourist information office in Rjukan is located in the town center and can offer help with booking accommodation, tours and more.


The vast mountain plateau of Hardangervidda is one of Europe's largest. It is also home to Northern Europe’s largest stock of reindeer.


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

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.

Getting to Rjukan

Rjukan is located between Oslo in the east and the famous Norwegian fjords in the west.

Hardanger National Tourist Route

Follow the scenic Hardangerfjord in Fjord Norway, where for over a century travelers have come to see mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers.
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