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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.  

In the saboteurs' footsteps - guided tour

This tour goes in varied terrain, mostly forest, at 450-1040 metres above sea level. This is a guided tour, where the guide tells you the story about the Telemark Heroes from World War II. On 27 February 1943 the heavy water plant at Vemork was blown up by Norwegian saboteurs to prevent production of heavy water. You can now join a guided tour following the route the saboteurs used on their way to the plant.

The path starts from Rjukan Fjellstue. It is also way-marked and has path-side display boards explaining the history of the walk. During the trip you will have impressive views of Rjukan and the Norwegian Industrial Workers' Museum, before you continue down to where the saboteurs crossed the gorge. After climbing up from the gorge the trip follows the course of the old railway to the museum where the sabotage actually happened.

Suitable for: Normally fit persons
Distance: About 12 kilometres
Time: About four to five hours
Starting point:  Vemork, six kilometres west of Rjukan town centre
Parking: Vemork
Directions to starting point: From Rjukan town centre, drive towards Rauland in the west.  After approximately six kilometres turn to the left to Vemork. Park your car at the parking place and wait for the guides that brings you to the starting point.
Buy map at: Rjukan Tourist Office, Torget 2, phone: +47 350 80 550

Gaustatoppen Mountain

This tour goes in mountain terrain at 1,173-1,883 metres above sea level. Gaustatoppen towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883 metres. For 200 years people have climbed to the top, and now some 30,000 people make the trip up to the summit every year. You can see one sixth of Norway from the peak.  

You can but 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 persons
Distance: About five kilometres each way
Time: Four to five hours
Starting point:  Stavsro, 16 kilometres south east of Rjukan centre
Parking: Stavsro
Directions to starting point: From Rjukan centre drive east on road 37 for 5 kilometres. Take to the right by Dale. Follow the sign to "Tuddal". Drive approximately 11 kilometres. 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:  2013-03-26
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
Hiking by the Gaustatoppen mountain in Rjukan, Norway

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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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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.

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 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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