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Experience the world heritage Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage

How to use route 15

Route 15 is an interactive route that takes you through some of the most beautiful Telemark has to offer. Press start and listen, we will guide you to great places to visit with a historical buzz, on route 15 you will get experiences and storytelling from the first turn. Good trip!

About the World Heritage:

Through the route, you will get the exciting story of the "world heritage". About the entrepreneur Sam Eyde who was supposed to "put the waterfall to do useful work for people" which was the start of the industrial adventure Hydro. Sam Eyde secured rights to hydropower development in Telemark already at the beginning of the 1890s, and is today compared to innovators such as Steve Jobs. In 2015, Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage received a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List, which is the list of site objects of irreplaceable cultural and natural value for humanity.

Beach Hotel

The tour starts at the venerable Straand Hotel. Ever since the first carriages arrived at Straand in 1864, Straand Hotel has ensured well-being and good service with the guest in focus. The hospitality and the good traditions have been passed on from generation to generation, and over 150 years later you can still feel at home when you are here. You will find a very special atmosphere in the old part, which lives on as a central part of the new hotel. If the solid timber walls in the pleasant living rooms could talk, they would have a lot to tell about life and business in the past. Straand has an interesting and colorful past that today's 5th generation hosts, Katrine & Lars Arne Straand, are both proud of and want to carry on.

Beach Hotel
Dalen
The trip continues to Dalen with a stop at yet another hotel with a historical buzz. The hotel, which is also known as the "fairy tale hotel", was built in 1894 and has a lavish, romantic style with dragon heads, towers, spiers, balconies, projections and cornices. The valley is the terminus of the Telemark Canal, which is the waterway from Skien, and which, when it was completed, was called the "eighth wonder of the world" in European travel guides.
Dalen
Møsvatn
Welcome to beautiful Møsvatn. Møsvatn is Vestfold and Telemark's largest lake, and part of the Hardangervidda. With its location at 900 meters above sea level, it is Scandinavia's highest lake. Møsvatn and the surrounding areas can boast fish in the water and reindeer on the plains. Enjoy the view and enjoy the scenery on your way to the industrial adventure along the waterway
Møsvatn
The hook
Krokan is Norway's first tourist hut, and a very important starting point for what the Norwegian Tourist Association is today. This is one of the original places for the term "it's typically Norwegian to go on a trip", which was something townspeople came here to Krokan to do in the old days.
The hook
The Maristige
The trip has arrived at Maristigen. An eerily steep but exciting gorge that goes straight down from the side under Rjukanfossen. The Maristigen is an old waterway and some of the rawest Telemark nature has to offer.
The Maristige
The turns down towards Vemork
We put in a stop in the bends down towards Vemork. This is still a dangerous road, so drive carefully! When you stop here, look away towards Vemork and the unique spectacle around. Vemork was designed by the architect Olav Nordhagen, and it was completed in the autumn of 1911.
The turns down towards Vemork
Sadness
The story of Vemork is a well-known chapter in books on both industry and war history. Rjukanfossen provided the foundation for Vemork, the world's largest power station in 1911 and here today you can experience the industrial adventure at the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork, about the revolution that took place at Rjukan at the time. During the war, Vemork was the place where Norway's biggest sabotage operation "heroes in Telemark" took place. Take a trip to Vemork and experience the exhibitions about industry and about "heroes in Telemark".
Sadness
Rjukan
Between massive and deep mountains lies the urban community of Rjukan. Here you can clearly see the class divide from the origins of the city in the architecture. Workers lived further down in the dark, and the clerks further up where the sun came first. Today, Rjukan is known for its proximity to Gaustatoppen, industrial history, Vemork and its unique location at the bottom of the valley. In 2013, the "sun mirror" was built to bring the sun to the people.
Rjukan
Rjukan Business Park
In the large factory areas around Rjukan Næringspark, there are buildings constructed for various functions, and many of them are of high architectural quality. Rjukan Næringspark currently houses 30 different companies on 110 acres of land and 30,000 square meters of office space.
Rjukan Business Park
The square in Rjukan
The square in Rjukan was designed by the architect Torvald Astrup, and was built in 1924. The function is buildings for public services and functions, such as post, telegraph, library and more. The post office was completed in 1921 and also houses a telephone exchange, telegraph, office and pharmacy. It was a stately building and thus got the name Lakkskoen. The city's statue is by Sam Eyde and was unveiled in 1920.
The square in Rjukan
The tin sea ferries
The transport from the factories at Rjukan went with railcars down to Tinnsjøfergene. The Tinnsjø ferries in their time served the railway line on Lake Tinnsjå which connected the railway on the Rjukanbanen and the Tinnosbanen. In the series of ships that have trafficked on Tinnsjøen, there are now two left; Storegut and Ammonia, both of which are protected.
The tin sea ferries
Along Tinnsjøen
Here, the ferry Hydro was sunk by Norwegian saboteurs during the Second World War to stop the Germans getting hold of heavy water. Unfortunately, there were also civilians on board the ferry during the sinking, and now the site is a protected cemetery that shines peace over the memory of those who were sacrificed.
Along Tinnsjøen
The tin nose
In order to get fertilizer from Norsk Hydro out into the world, a track had to be built from Tinnoset down to Notodden. The track is a full 30km long, and it was a very demanding and partly daring project. Construction work was carried forward at a rapid pace, and already after a year limited rail traffic was possible.
The tin nose
Notodde
Notodden, the town where Norsk Hydro started. The population increased approximately tenfold between 1900 and 1910, up to 8,000 inhabitants. Much of the city center here was built in the then modern art nouveau style. Notodden is located by Heddalsvannet and on the eastern course of the Telemark Canal, and is today known for both industry and blues.
Notodde
Tinfos Paper Factory
Welcome to the old Tinfos Papirfabrikk. This cultural environment was protected in 2014, and is part of the world heritage. Tinfo's paper factory today is now a museum, so it is recommended to go in here and see the exhibition relating to world heritage.
Tinfos Paper Factory
The hydro park
Hydroparken was established by Norsk Hydro in 1905, when the Norwegian pioneers Sam Eyde and Christian Birkeland had developed a method to be able to produce synthetic nitrate fertilizer from Nitrogen. For this, large hydropower resources were required and they got this by expanding the Svelgfossen at Notodden. Hydroparken today rents office space to industries within industry and creative industries.
End of the tour. Thanks for the trip and welcome again!

Bring your mobile phone

Take your mobile with you on your trip and have the world heritage story of the industrial adventure at Rjukan and Notodden told through narrator Torgeir Straand. He takes you on a journey through the waterways and our national industrial adventure. Start the tour by pressing Start or drag the person into the blue bubbles to play the chapter you want to hear. If the program is started, the position will be tracked, and the stories will be played along the way.