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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.

About the Rjukan area

In the forest and up in the mountains you can will find the track that fits you best; flat or steep, long or short. Rjukan is the southern gateway to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, were you can walk as many days you want and stay at different cabins. Main season for our tracks is from end of June till end of September. In Rjukan town centre you can walk along the river Måna the whole year around. This trip is also suitable for bikes and trolleys.

The saboteur's trail

This tour goes through varied terrain, mostly forest, at 1,476 to 3,412 feet above sea level. The saboteur's trail is the path the world-famous Norwegian resistance used during World War II the night they blew up the heavy water plant at Vemork.

The tour starts from Rjukan Fjellstue mountain lodge. From there, follow the gravel road for a little while before 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 through 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 people.
Distance: About 4 miles.
Time: About two hours.
Starting point: Rjukan Fjellstue mountain lodge, 6 miles west of Rjukan.
Parking: Rjukan Fjellstue or Vemork (bus to Rjukan Fjellstue).
Directions to starting point: From Rjukan town centre, drive towards Rauland in the west. After approximately 6 miles follow signs to Rjukan Fjellstue.
Buy map at: Rjukan Tourist Office, Torget 2, phone: +47 350 80 550.

Gaustatoppen mountain peak

This tour goes in mountain terrain at 3,848 to 6,177 feet above sea level. The Gaustatoppen peak towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 6,177 feet. For 200 years people have climbed to the top where you on clear days can see one sixth of Norway from the peak.

You can buy a cup of coffee, waffles and food at the Tourist Association's 100-year-old stone cabin on the summit. You can pick your own stone from the piles around the summit and get it stamped to prove that you climbed the mountain. The trail is well marked with red T's all the way up and it takes most people about two hours to reach the summit and a little less on the way down. You might find stones with wave patterns, from when the mountain was at the bottom of a long lost ocean.

Suitable for: Normally fit people.
Distance: About 3 miles each way.
Time: Four to five hours.
Starting point: Stavsro, 9 miles south east of Rjukan centre.
Parking: Stavsro.
Directions to starting point: From Rjukan centre drive east on road 37 for 3 miles. Take to the right by Dale. Follow the sign to "Tuddal". Drive approximately 6 miles. At the left hand side you have Stavsro cafeteria and parking. The path starts at the other side of the road.
Buy map at: Rjukan Tourist Office, Torget 2, phone: +47 350 80 550.

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Last updated:  2015-05-07
A Heavy Water Saboteur in Rjukan, Norway - Photo: visitRjukan
A Heavy Water Saboteur in Rjukan, Norway
Hiking by the Gaustatoppen mountain in Rjukan, Norway - Photo: Inger Eek
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Rjukan, Norway - Photo: Espen Halvorsen

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.

Hiking in Rjukan

Source: Visitnorway

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Tour suggestions in Rjukan

Hike the Gaustatoppen Mountain or the Saboteur Trail from World War II, or go cycling on the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda.

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.

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

Key facts about Rjukan

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

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