Travel by the cableway that brings residents of Rjukan up to the sun.
Rjukan is a small town that occurred togheter with Rjukan saltpetre factories (Norsk hydro) and has its name from Rjukan waterfall. The sun is not shining in Rjukan during the winter, and the first plans to get sunlight into the walley was launced in 1913 by Oscar Kittelsen and Sam Eyde (founder of Norsk Hydro and Rjukan city). They would do this by assembling a giant mirror on top of the mountain. But in 1928, Krossobanen was built as a present to the city by Norsk Hydro so that city residents can travel up to the sun all year round.
A hundred years after the first plan, the municipality implements the sun mirrors which shines on town square.
The cable cars (Cranberry and Bilberry) have been in operation since the opening, but have received some upgrades since then. The machinery is also almost unchanged, with only a few modifications on motor control and automation. Even the wheels that holds the drive wire is unchanged. The line is a UNESCO World Heritage and was protected in 2015.
The line has a vertical difference of 483 meters and it is 814 meters long. The upper station (Gvepseborg) is located 886 meters above sea level. It runs without schedule and the journey takes just under 5 minutes. Just show up and join the first carriage. On Gvepseborg you can see a breathtaking view of Gaustatoppen, Rjukan, Gausdalen and Vemork where heavy water-sabotage occurred.
Hiking opportunities to Hardangervidda
Gvepseborg is located directly under the edge of Hardangervidda which is Europe's largest mountain plateau. By going on the trail of sun in about half an hour, you will be on Hardangervidda at about 1,100 meters above sea level. This is a terrific area for cycling and hiking. On the plateau you will find several tourist cabins, owned by the tourist association.
How to get here?
Address: Kraftledningsveien 1, 3660 Rjukan
Bus: Rjukanekspressen, see nor-way.no