Southern Norway

Lying beside a deep blue lake surrounded by snow- and forest-dappled peaks, the handful of colourful wooden houses that make up the tiny mountain village of Tuddal have a setting that is hard to top. There's nothing much to do here except relish the peace and quiet and maybe embark on a gentle ramble or two. The village sits at the foot of a bleak and spectacular summer-only mountain road between Rjukan and the E134 Notodden–Seljord road.

Halfway along this mountain road is a summer tourist office booth that has maps and route descriptions detailing a number of excellent hikes.

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1. Gaustabanen Cable Railway

7.78 MILES

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…

2. Tinn Museum

10.14 MILES

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

3. Krossobanen

11.94 MILES

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 …

4. Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum

13.21 MILES

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…

5. Rjukanfossen

13.32 MILES

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…

6. Heddal Stave Church

18.13 MILES

This fairy-tale church is the largest and one of the most beautiful of Norway's 28 remaining stave churches. As always, it's constructed around Norwegian…

7. Seljord Church

19.17 MILES

This charming Romanesque church was built in the 12th century in honour of St Olav; it looks as if someone built a stave church and then changed their…

8. Royal Silver Mines

29.53 MILES

The profusion of silver mines in Kongsberg's hinterland is known collectively as Sølvgruvene. The easiest way to visit is with the tours that leave from…