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The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork, Norway - Photo: Ove Bergersen
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The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork, Norway Photo: Ove Bergersen

Attractions in Rjukan

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

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum

This museum at Vemork is a place where you can learn about the fantastic adventure of its genesis and see exhibitions about the industrial development in Norway, and in Rjukan in particular.

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum is best known for its presentation of Rjukan's exciting wartime history. Vemork was the centre of one of the most important acts of sabotage committed during World War II, when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing a nuclear bomb from the heavy water that was produced there.

The "Atomkappløpet" (nuclear race) exhibition gives an exciting and extremely informative presentation of the four heavy water sabotage missions and the Allies’ efforts to build a nuclear bomb.

Gaustatoppen Mountain

Gaustatoppen towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883 metres above sea level. Around 30,000 people make the trip up to the summit every year to enjoy the fantastic view from the top. On a clear day, you can see all the way south to the coast, and east to Sweden. You can see one sixth of Norway from here.

Krossobanen Cable Car

This is the first ever cable car to be built in Northern Europe in 1928. The cable car was a gift from Norsk Hydro to the people of Rjukan so that they could get up high enough to see the sun during the winter.

At the cable car's lower station you will find a large car park, from which the two cable cars, "Tyttebær" (cowberry) and "Blåbær" (blueberry), carry passengers up to an altitude of 886 metres. The view over Rjukan from the top is fantastic, with the mountains rolling away to the south and west and Vemork nestling in the valley below.

The Krossobanen cable car has recently been renovated, with new machinery and other technical installations.

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.

The Rjukan Waterfall

This waterfall was "discovered" in 1810 by the geology professor Jens Esmark, and he sent a report to the King in Copenhagen about the "world's highest waterfall". This was a slight exaggeration. The Rjukan Waterfall is no more than 104 metres high, but it led to increased tourism in Rjukan. The mountain man and heavy water saboteur Claus Helberg claimed that Rjukan was the cradle of modern tourism in Norway.

Tinn Museum

Tinn Museum is an open air folk museum with buildings and household items dating from the sixteenth century up to the advent of industrialisation in the twentieth century. Several alpine farms are run in the old way. In beautiful natural surroundings among a variety of animals you can enjoy local food or buy mountain products to take home with you. 

Tinn handicrafts centre

Tinn handicrafts centre was opened in 1996. The centre's objective is to preserve the rich handicraft traditions in Tinn and to offer local artists their own production and sales premises.

The exhibition here is a combination of an art exhibition and a sales exhibition, with more than 70 exhibitors displaying their work which ranges from handicrafts to woodwork, knives, national costumes and a superb exhibition of  "rosemaling" (rose painting - a peasant style of painting used to decorate for example furniture).

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Last updated:  2013-01-25
Krossobanen at Rjukan, Norway - Photo: Ove Bergersen
Krossobanen at Rjukan, Norway
The Gausta Railway, Norway - Photo: VisitRjukan
The Gausta Railway, Norway

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The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork, Norway - Photo: Ove Bergersen

Attractions in Rjukan

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

Attractions in Rjukan

Source: Visitnorway

About Rjukan

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.

Tourist information in Rjukan

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

Key facts about Rjukan

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

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