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Enjoy Southern Norway’s greatest view from Gaustatoppen, the highest peak in Telemark.
On a clear day, you can see one-sixth of Norway!
You can even spend the night there, and wake up to a spectacular sunrise.
The mountain will set your Instagram on fire from below too.
Lonely Planet calls it «Norway’s most beautiful», we think you can see why.
And yet, its best secret is hidden deep inside.
How many mountains can you ascent James Bond-style, via a Cold War funicular built by NATO?
There’s no coincidence Lonely Planet describes Rjukan as “Southern Norway’s activity centre par excellence”.
True daredevils can challenge gravity in Norway’s toughest bungee jump.
Or ice climb up one of the 192 waterfalls that freeze in winter.
Most of us, however, will enjoy Rjukan’s nature in much more peaceful ways.
Like petting the goats at Håvardsrud Seterliv.
Make sure you taste the local specialty rjomegraut (sour cream porridge).
Or the world’s second-best cheese, also made in the area.
The town itself lies in a valley so deep and steep, they have placed giant sun mirrors above the cliffs.
Controlled by computer, they reflect sunlight to the market square in winter.
Luckily, the mountains are easily accessible. Just fly above the valley in Krossobanen.
Built in 1928, it is a charming relic from the industrial past that has granted Rjukan UNESCO World Heritage status …
…and doubles as both ski lift for ski tourers in winter, and bike lift in the summer season.
…as well as hiking in a varied landscape of flat plains, steep mountainsides, and spectacular views.
Or you can sail deep into the mountains on the tourist boat “Fjellvåken”.
Rjukan is full of adventures also in winter.
Just check out the backdrop to the slopes at Gausta Skisenter.
Or imagine yourself taking a cold dip from this floating sauna.
It’s actually really g-g-g-g-good ...
...and a great way to rejuvenate before a new day of picture-perfect adventures.
Because in Rjukan, they never stop.
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