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The Gaustatoppen mountain in Rjukan in Telemark, Eastern Norway
Mount Gaustatoppen in Rjukan.
Photo: Ole Kristian Samuelsen
A couple is biking at the Hardangervidda mountain plateau in Eastern Norway
Biking at the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.
Photo: Fotograf Jacobsen
The Krossobanen cable car in Rjukan in Telemark, Eastern Norway
The Krossobanen cable car in Rjukan.
Photo: Ian Brodie / Visitrjukan

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Rjukan is surrounded by mountainous land and scenic lakes. It is known for the Gaustatoppen mountain peak, and the heavy water sabotages during World War II.

As Rjukan lies in a lush valley in Telemark, Eastern Norway, it's an ideal place for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, skiing, and fishing. You can get a bird's eye view of the region by taking the hidden cable car to the top of mount Gaustatoppen or the Krossobanen cable car to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.

The area is part of the Rjukan – Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, which was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2015 because of its significance in the global industry of the 20th century.

Rjukan has also achieved the certification Sustainable Destination. Although this does not mean that the destination is sustainable, it does mean that it has made a commitment to work systematically to reduce the negative effects of tourism, while strengthening its positive ripple effects.

During World War II, Vemork in Rjukan became the centre of one of the most important and daring sabotage missions – the heavy water sabotages that prevented the Germans from getting their hands on the ingredient they needed to build atom bombs.

In the mountains above Rjukan, you can see a few giant mirrors. They are there to reflect sunlight during the sun-starved winter months.

Get in-depth travel information on Rjukan’s official website.

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Top things to do in Rjukan
At the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork you can see the unique exhibition about WWII as well as the industrialization of Rjukan. Read more
Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork
Gaustabanen is a funicular railway, inside Gaustatoppen. This is a very unique touristattraction. No similiar railway is to be found in North-Europe! Read more
Krossobanen was built in 1928 and was a gift from Norsk Hydro, so the townspeople could get up to see the sun during the winter. Read more
Rjukanbadet is not just a swimming complex, but a center for well being and comfort. Read more
Rjukan Swimmingpool
The M/B Fjellvåken takes you on a wonderful trip across Lake Møsvatn from Skinnarbu to Mogen Turisthytte Read more
M/B Fjellvåken
Climb the saboteur route and demolish the heavy water production! Read more
Rjukan Climbing Park
The sun mirrors bring sun down to Rjukan Square during winter months, when it is normally shady. Read more
The Giant Sun Mirrors in Rjukan
Enjoy the sunshine and summer on one of the municipality's sandy beaches. Read more
The mountain Gaustatoppen in Rjukan in Telemark county is easily accessable and one of the most beautiful mountains in Norway. Read more
The shortest way from Rjukan to Hardangervidda Read more
Charming roundtrip in the town centre of Rjukan Read more
Town centre walk
The Saboteurs' trail is the world-famous route the Norwegian Resistance used during the Second World War. Read more
The Saboteur's trail
Cycling on the Hardangervidda brings you into beautiful and charming high mountain nature, Hardangervidda is Norway's largest national park. Read more
Cycling on the Hardangervidda
Short and family-friendly walk in Skinnarbu area. Read more
Great grandmothers trail
Tougher hike than Gaustatoppen. However, you will get a great view towards Gaustatoppen and Tuddal.The trip is about 3 km and takes about 2 hours each… Read more
A hike to Numedalshovda is nice to combine with a visit to a Norwegian mountain farm, Håvardsrud Seterliv. Read more
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Walk to the Sunmirror
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    • Rjukan plane

      By plane

      The nearest Airport is Torp Sandefjord Airport, located around 180 kilometres from Rjukan. Oslo Airport lies approximately 225 kilometres from Rjukan.

      There are bus connections from both airports.

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      By road

      There are daily express bus departures to Rjukan from Oslo, Porsgrunn and Skien. Check out Vy express' website for information, timetables and prices.

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      Most visitors come to Rjukan by car. Travel time from Oslo is around 2,5 hours.

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    • Rjukan local

      Local travel

      Local buses takes you from Rjukan to other destinations in Telemark.

      Fjellbussen is a free shuttle service between Rjukan and Gaustablikk.

      Passenger boats traffic Lake Møsvatn and Lake Mårvatn.

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