Alpine, cross-country and snowboarding
The Rjukan area has facilities for both traditional skiing and the more modern winter sports. So whether you prefer snowboarding or slalom, Telemark skiing, or perhaps want to go for long cross-country skiing or orienteering trips in the high mountains, you will find something to suit you here
Gaustablikk Ski center
On the destination Gaustatoppen is Gaustablikk Skicenter with great views towards Mt.Gaustatoppen, just 15 minutes drive from the center of Rjukan! Gaustablikk Skicenter is the 6th largest ski resort in Norway, and always one of the first places to open for the season and the last to close.
- Lifts: 12
- Downhill runs: 32
- Longest downhill run: 3,800 meters
- Vertical drop: 550 meters
- Ski school
- Ski hire
- Cross-country skiing tracks: 85 kilometers
Take a look at the piste map.
Telemark Super Ski
8 Skicenters 1 pass
Gaustablikk Ski center is part of the Telemark Super Ski, where you can run free in all of the eight ski centers in Telemark if you have a valid ticket for one of them.
For the children
Gaustablikk Ski center has its own play area for children, where they can learn to ski through play. There is also a forest trail, "Troll trail", and a section for youth where they can edit and watch movies they have taken out on the slopes.
Ski orientation in the slopes is one of the news for the year.
Ski passes for children up to 7 years are free (key card must be bought separately).
Prices at Gaustablikk Ski Center 2013/2014
||Adults (from 16 years)
||Youths (8-15 years)
Price example: Complete alpine carving equipment for one day costs NOK 325 (for season 2013/2014).
You can also hire ski equipment at Kvitåvatn Fjellstoge.
Gaustablikk Ski center offers skiing lessons for alpine, snowboard and cross-country skiing.
Free shuttle service
There is a free shuttle between Rjukan and destination Gaustatoppen several times daily.
Off-piste from Gaustatoppen
Gaustabanen brings you to the top
Gaustabanen is a spectacular and dramatic funicular that goes inside the Gaustatoppen Mountain, and takes you right to the top of the mountain at 1,883 meters above sea level. Bring your ski with lift and get an awsome off-piste ride down.
Please note that if you take the easiest way to the top, with Gaustabanen and not by foot, there is only one marked trail that can be run on your own without a guide. If you want a greater challenge, one of Gaustatoppen Opplevelser’s guides must join you for the the ride down.
In the Rjukan area there are tremendous opportunities for cross-country skiing. Go skiing along more than 200 kilometers of cross-country tracks, most of them at Gaustablikk, Skinnarbu or in the Skirvedal Valley.
Winter without skis
In recent years Rjukan has become Northern Europe's number one ice climbing destination. Over 200 icy waterfalls in an especially long and stable winter season provide excellent conditions for climbers. There is an annual Ice Climbing Festival in Rjukan in February.
Two of Rjukan's ice-climbing enthusiasts have created an amazing ice park. The idea of pumping water from the gorge in Rjukan has finally been realised. The water is sprayed over 60-70 meter high cliffs, creating more than 15 climbing lines.
At Kvitåvatn ski hire you can rent snowshoes for your own use or order guided tour to Ørnenipa, Djuptjørn or Gaustatoppen.
Rjukanbadet Swimming center
A visit to Rjukanbadet is a wonderful way to relax. This is not just a swimming complex, but a center for well-being and comfort.
The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum and the Hardangervidda National Park center are open all year.
Krossobanen is a cable car that takes you up to the foot of Hardangervidda. This is a great starting point if you want to try DNT's network of trails, or take the lift just to the sake of experience and great view.
If you drive to the center of Rjukan, take a stop at Rjukan Torg. If it is clear weather you can see the effect of our major news, the sun mirror!
Where to stay
For lodging and dining in Rjukan, see www.visitrjukan.com
Dining and nightlife
- Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell
- Gaustablikk Skisenter/Sport’n
- Den Lykkelige Sportsmann