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Top Choice Museum in Rjukan

Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum

This museum, 7km west of Rjukan, is in the Vemork power station, which was the world's largest when completed in 1911. These days it honours the Socialist Workers' Party, which reached the height of its Norwegian ac…
Top Choice Railway in Rjukan

Gaustabanen Cable Railway

Gaustabanen runs 860m deep into the core of Gausta before a different train climbs an incredible 1040m, alongside 3500 steps at a 40-degree angle, to 1800m, just below the Gaustahytte, not far from the summit. It wa…
Cable Car in Rjukan


The Krossobanen cable car was constructed in 1928 by Norsk Hydro to provide its employees with access to the sun. It now whisks tourists up to Gvepseborg (886m) for a view over the deep, dark recesses. The best pano…
Museum in Rjukan

Tinn Museum

This peaceful, open-air folk museum, at the eastern end of town, traces rural Norwegian architecture from the 11th century to the early 1900s.
Waterfall in Rjukan


Believed to be the highest waterfall in the world in the 18th century (Angel Falls in Venezuela now has that claim), the 104m-high Rjukanfossen is still a spectacular sight, even if most of the water has been divert…
Norwegian in Rjukan

Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell

Even if you're not staying here, this mountain hotel's enormous buffet is worth the trip up the mountain and not just for the food – the views are stupendous.
International in Rjukan


Kinokafeen, at the cinema, has a pleasing art-deco style and its outdoor tables (summer only!) and fading interior make it the most memorable place to eat in the town centre.