ACTIVITIES

Rjukan offers a unique combination of Norwegian industry and war history, and possibilities for a multitude of activities in nature. If you prefer the great experiences in nature, or want to immerse yourself in culture or history, Rjukan is the place to experience more, all through the year. Rjukan is one of Norway`s most visited destinations, and Gaustatoppen and Vemork are some of the most visited attractions in Norway. If you`re only here for a day, or you`re planning a longer stay, Rjukan has something to offer you.

Below we have listed some og the activities and happenings you can experience in Rjukan.

Sunset over Gaustatoppen mountain and nature

EXPERINCE NATURE, ART AND CULTURE

SKI SEASON AT GAUSTA

The ski season at Gausta spans from December to April, offering an extended window for winter enthusiasts. With a comprehensive range of 13 lifts and 37 slopes, there’s a skiing adventure for everyone. Gausta boasts a well-equipped ski and snowboard school, private lessons, alpine slopes with varying degrees of difficulty, a snow park featuring rails, and exhilarating off-piste opportunities.

For easy access, hop on the mountain bus from the city center of Rjukan to reach Gausta, with departures available five times a day. The bus is free of charge! Check the schedule for the mountain bus at Farte.no

Enjoy a seamless and thrilling skiing experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Gausta!

SOLFESTEN

Every year, we joyously celebrate the return of the sun to Rjukan. The tradition of Solfesten has been a cherished part of our community since 1925. The streets of Rjukan come alive with lively pageants and parades, attracting both locals and visitors alike. During the festivities, the coveted titles of Solprins (Sun Prince), Solprinsesse (Sun Princess), and Solbarn (Sun Child) are awarded.

Additionally, the prestigious Solprisen is presented to an individual who, through their actions and demeanor, has brought sunshine and joy to the Norwegian people. The celebration also features exciting prizes for the best costumes, making it a truly festive and memorable experience for everyone. Join us in embracing the warmth of the sun and the spirit of Solfesten!

Experience the Solar Festival of 2024 on April 20th by choosing to stay with us, placing you right in the midst of the vibrant festivities.

The sun over the mountains.

MARISPELET AT RJUKANFOSSEN

Are you planning a visit to Rjukan in July? Don’t miss out on the enchanting Marispelet at Rjukanfossen!

Immerse yourself in a spellbinding theatrical masterpiece set against the awe-inspiring Rjukanfossen in Rjukan, Telemark, Norway. Marispelet, a breathtaking annual event, draws thousands of spectators from near and far to indulge in a captivating fusion of history, nature, and culture.

Marispelet is based on the saga of Mari, written down by among others author Henrik Anker Bjerregaard (1792-1842) in 1822, and has been played at Krokan since 2005. Will be played from July 16th to 20th. More info about the play and ticketinfo here!

Transporting you back in time to the edge of Rjukanfossen, Marispelet revolves around the captivating tale of Mari, a courageous and beautiful young woman, and her love for Eystein. Their love, tested by socio-economical barriers, unravels against the backdrop of this extraordinary natural wonder.

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through time and space as you witness Mari and Eystein’s passionate love story unfold. The specially constructed stage at the foot of the waterfall transforms the mighty cascade into a breathtaking and natural backdrop, allowing you to immerse yourself in the magic of the performance.

Be captivated by the extraordinary talents of local and professional actors, dancers, and musicians as they breathe life into this enchanting story. With captivating music, stunning choreography, and a poignant narrative, Marispelet promises an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

Marispelet at Rjukanfossen is not merely a unique and entertaining experience—it is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Tinn and Telemark. It celebrates the region’s history, nature, and community. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Rjukan and witness the magic of Marispelet. Let the beauty of this remarkable fusion of culture and nature touch your soul and create lasting memories.

The play is in Norwegian – so witness a true Norwegian experience when visiting Rjukan this summer!

Marispelet now collaborate with us at Rjukan Hotell to offer exclusive VIP tickets. The package includes dinner at the hotel, reserved places to Marispelet with a guided tour during the bus transport to the show, accommodation and breakfast at Rjukan Hotell.

Price for the VIP packages per person: NOK 2 100.

Experience the magic of Marispelet at Rjukanfossen!

Live image from the musical play.

GAUSTATOPPEN

Gaustatoppen offers excursions and activities both in the summer and the winter. 1833 meters above sea level Gaustatoppen gives you the widest view in southern Norway. In clear weather you can see approximately one sixth of Norway.

You can start your hike from the parking by Stavro at 1100 meter above sea level. The height difference is 700 meters, but the path is wide and well-marked. This hike is suited for everyone, including families with children.

An alternative route is from Selstali, where you can climb the top for the North-West. This is a longer hike but just as beautiful. Approximately four hours up and three hours down. This hike is suited for more experience and exercised hikers.

On the top of the mountain, you`ll find Gaustatoppen Tourist Cabin. The cabin is built in 1893 of natural stone from the mountain. The inside is newly renovated and houses a small cafè where you can get coffee, soda, hot dogs and waffles.

Sunset over Gaustatoppen mountain and nature

GAUSTABANEN TRAMWAY

If you want an easier trip up to Gaustatoppen, you can take the Gaustabanen tramway up to Gaustatoppen Tourist Cabin. What was once a sealed NATO facility now makes Gaustatoppen accessible to everyone. Here you can book private tours, history and dining experiences. Gaustabanen also arranges guided tours inside the NATO facility inside the mountain.

Opening hours and prices can be found here

VEMORK

At Vemork museum you’ll experience both the industry and war history which has shaped Rjukan as a city and gotten them on UNESCOs World Heritage list. Vemork was the scene of one of Norway’s most important sabotage missions during World War 2, when Norwegian saboteurs hindered the Germans in developing nuclear weapons by using the heavy water produced here.

Find opening hours and prices here

BOOKING

We can offer different room options, if you’re traveling alone, with a partner, friends or as a family. We have 28 double rooms, and 11 family rooms. All rooms are equipped with wifi and TV. And your breakfast is of course included in the price when you stay with us.

We are currently developing a digital booking system. Until this is in place, we would like you to use this booking form so we can handle your request in a quick and orderly fashion.

Look forward to seeing you!