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Krossobanen

Krossobanen Photo: Willy Kittelsen Krossobanen Photo: Ove Bergersen Krossobanen Photo: Willy Kittelsen
Krossobanen Photo: Willy Kittelsen
Krossobanen Photo: Ove Bergersen
Krossobanen Photo: Willy Kittelsen

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Description

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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  • Sightseeing Sightseeing

Hours

6/28/2014 - 8/31/2014
Mon - Sun
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9/1/2014 - 9/30/2014
Mon - Sun
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Facilities

  • General facilities

    • playground
  • Season

    • all year round
  • Sports activities

    • bike trails
  • Museums, Galleries and crafts

    • permanent exhibitions
    • guided tour by appointment
  • Activities

    • tobogganing
  • Nature and terrain

    • hiking area
    • lookout point
    • borders on a national park
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Krossobanen - Photo: Willy Kittelsen

Krossobanen

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...

Krossobanen

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Getting to Rjukan

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

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.

Hardangervidda

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

Winter in Rjukan

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

Attractions in Rjukan

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

Tourist information in Rjukan

The tourist information office is centrally located in the town centre.
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