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The Saboteur Trail in Rjukan, Norway - Photo: VisitRjukan
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The Saboteur Trail in Rjukan, Norway Photo: VisitRjukan

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.

The Saboteur Trail

The Saboteur Trail is the route the world famous Norwegian Resistance used during World War II  to get from the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda and down the steep gorge to Vemork to blow up the heavy water factory. The trail is eight kilometres long, well-marked and starts off from Rjukan Fjellstue. There are boards along the way that tell the story. Guided tours along the Saboteur Trail are available during the summer. The trip takes approximately two to three hours.

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.

Gaustatoppen Mountain Road

The mountain road (fv. 651) for those in search of beautiful nature, history and scenic cultural landscape. It goes between Sauland and Rjukan.

The Hardangervidda National Park Route

The Hardangervidda National Park Route, which takes you on an exciting journey between the east and west of Norway, is the perfect gateway to the fjords.

Biking on Hardangervidda

Cycling on the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda brings you into beautiful high mountain nature. The beginning of the cycling tour is very special, because the first Northern European cable car whisks you up from Rjukan to the starting point at 886 meters above sea level.

The route is well signposted and well maintained. After 30 kilometres you will arrive at the Kalhovd Tourist Cabin, where you can have dinner and stay for the night. From Kalhovs you have different choices: Either you continue to Mårbu Tourist Cabin, you return back to Rjukan, or you continue to Atrå.

Canoeing

One guided alternative starts from Selstali alpine pasture farm and follows the beautiful Gausdalen Valley. Paddling along there gives you plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. From the canoe you get really close to both wildlife and nature. Food and coffee are prepared over a camp fire. The trip can be combined with a canoe paddling course and overight stays.

Boat trips

The M/B Fjellvåken will take you on a wonderful trip across Lake Møsvatn from Skinnarbu to Mogen Turisthytte, a distance of 40 kilometres. The boat passes mountain farms and sails through beautiful scenery on its voyage, which lasts about two hours one way. Mogen is an ideal starting point for hiking on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. The boat can also be chartered for special occasions.

The M/B Mårfjord sails on Lake Mårvatn deep in to the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda. It has daily departures from Synken (near Kalhovd) to Mårbu Turisthytte in the high season.

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Last updated:  2013-01-22
Enjoy a boat trip with Fjellvåken, Rjukan in Norway - Photo: Ove Bergersen
Enjoy a boat trip with Fjellvåken, Rjukan in Norway
Biking on Hardangervidda, Norway - Photo: Ove Bergersen
Biking on Hardangervidda, Norway

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The Saboteur Trail in Rjukan, Norway - Photo: VisitRjukan

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.

Tour suggestions 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.

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 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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