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 exhibition “Heroes of Telemark” gives an exciting and informative presentation of the four heavy water sabotage missions and the Allies’ efforts to build a nuclear bomb.
Gaustatoppen mountain peak
Gaustatoppen towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 6,013 feet 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. Under ideal conditions it is said you can see one sixth of Norway from there.
Gaustabanen is a lift inside the Gaustatoppen mountain and has been a well-kept secret for many years.
It consists of a battery-driven car on a cable that carries passengers approximately 2,821 feet horizontally up inside the mountain.
Right in the centre of the mountain there is a station, with an angled shuttle line of 3,412 feet, that rises to 5,905 feet above sea level.
From the top, there is an exit to the so-called Tuddalstippen, situated right under the Gaustatoppen Tourist Cabin.
Krossobanen Cable Car
Built in 1928, this is the first ever cable car to be built in Northern Europe. 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. Krossobanen whisks you up to the foot of Hardangervidda within 5 minutes.
At the cable car's lower station you will find a large car park, from which the two cable cars, "Tyttebæret" ("The Cowberry") and "Blåbæret" ("The Blueberry"), carry passengers up to an altitude of 2,906 feet. 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 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 the southern gateway to Hardangervidda. Yop can enter the national park with Krossobanen cable car, the boat M/B Fjellvåken, or by car to Kalhovd.
The sun mirror
Rjukan is in the surrounding mountains' shadow for almost six months of the year.
The founder of Rjukan Sam Eyde launched the idea in 1913 of a “Solspeil”, or sun mirror, above Rjukan. He saw the importance of giving his workers the some sunshine in the winter. This idea is one of the few Sam Eyde did not manage to follow-through to completion.
Today's technology has made an idea that was first conceived in 1913 possible: To deliver sinshine to the people of Rjukan.
A computer-driven heliostat, placed at the top of the steep mountain wall, 1,312 feet over the town, captures the sun's rays and directs them into Rjukan square.
At The Hardangervidda National Park Centre there is an interactive exhibition about wild reindeer and their habitat. The exhibition has been very well received by the public and has also accieved two international prices.
The exhibit includes 22 interactive installations, all of which are in both Norwegian and English, a mini movie theater with short films by Arne Nævra, and a cave full of original artifacts and tools made from reindeer bone and dating back more than 17,000 years, all excavated in the south of France.
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