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Alpine skiing at Gaustablikk, Rjukan in Norway Photo: Ole Kristian Samuelsen
Photo: Marianne Folmer
Photo: Ole Kristian Samuelsen
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Photo: Yngve Ask
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Winter in Rjukan

The mountains around Rjukan in Southern Norway are perfect for family skiing holidays.

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 slalomTelemark 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

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)
1 day NOK 370 NOK 290
2 days NOK 685 NOK 535
3 days NOK 955 NOK 715
7 days NOK 1,715 NOK 1,310

Ski hire

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.

Ski school

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.

Cross-country skiing

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 GaustablikkSkinnarbu or in the Skirvedal Valley.

Winter without skis

Ice climbing
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.

Other activities
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
  • Bygget
Last updated:  2013-10-30
 - Photo: Rjukan KOS
 - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life
 - Photo: Yngve Ask

Interest:  Climbing, Riding & Sledding, Skiing, Bathing

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Alpine skiing at Gaustablikk, Rjukan in Norway - Photo: Ole Kristian Samuelsen

Winter in Rjukan

The mountains around Rjukan in Southern Norway are perfect for family skiing holidays.

Winter in Rjukan

Source: Visitnorway

About 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.


Ice climbing in Norway

Climbing a frozen waterfall in Norway is an exceptional experience.

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