Rjukan – Geilo
Date: 20 May 2016
Distance: 168 km
Rjukan is situated in Tinn municipality, about 2.5 hours from Oslo. Sam Eyde is the founder of Rjukan. He bought the Rjukan waterfall in 1903 and built the Norwegian Hydro. Artificial fertilizer were produced and saved the world from famine. Rjukan grew from being a small farming community to a vibrant industrial community with more than 10,000 inhabitants. Last year this unique industrial history led to the UNESCO inscribtion for Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage. Today Rjukan has about 3,000 inhabitants and most of the industry is shut down. However, tourism is a blooming industry.
Gaustatoppen towers majestically over the town. Inside the 1883 meter high mountain there is a lift called Gaustabanen which enables you to reach Gaustatoppen within 15 minutes. At the
Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum you get a close encounter with the industrial history, as well as the world famous war history ”the drama of the heavy water”. Krossobanen is a cable car that within 5 minutes whisks you up to the foot of Hardangervidda – Norway’s largest National Park. The sun is behind the high mountains all winter, thus a large mirror ensures that sunlight is reflected and sent down to the Rjukan square.
Few other places have so much to offer within so few square meters.
Gaustatoppen and the Krossobanen Foto: Willy Kittelsen
The Saboteurs Trail and Vemork Foto: Fotograf Jacobsen
Gaustabanen inside Gaustatoppen. Foto: visitRjukan/Ian Brodie
In Hol, we are proud to be a tourist municipality, and put a lot of love and commitment into being a host. Wayfarers and guests have visited our municipality through the ages. They have come from both eastern and western Norway to experience all the good things we have here in Hol, which is beautifully located between the Hardangervidda plateau and the Hallingskarvet National park.
Geilo is a complete destination for those who wish to experience fresh air, like to keep moving, and at the same time enjoy a modern society with all its delights and privileges. Geilo, as an alpine village, is well-known for its alpine slopes and every conceivable element in the many terrain parks for both big and small. The attractions in the area also include world-class cross-country tracks. In Geilo, also new trails are being developed for cycling, and we are continuously improving the signage and the logistics regarding hiking trails, so that it will be easier to make use of everything around us.
Geilo has now received the Award for Sustainable Destinations. We are proud of that fact and want you to notice that we stand together to create good experiences for you and yours every time you come here, no matter what time of year. We wish you a pleasant and safe stay.
Welcome to the mountains.