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Foto: Bjarte Fredheim

Light for the people of Rjukan

Take Krossobanen up to Gvepseborg; From here, you can walk to the world-famous Sun Mirror. The trip is 2.8 km long and takes approximately 1 hour each way.


Originally, the idea was proposed by Oscar Kittelsen and Sam Eyde in 1913, to bring sunlight to Rjukan, a town hidden in the shadow of surrounding mountains during the winter months.

This vision became a reality thanks to Martin Andersen, who reintroduced the idea in 2005. In 2013, Tinn municipality constructed the sun mirror, consisting of three heliostats at 742 meters above sea level.

These mirrors reflect sunlight down onto the square, creating an area bathed in sunlight.


Hike to the sun mirror 

From the center of Rjukan: You can find the Sun Mirror by following signs to the Haddelandsstien trail, as well as a detour up the hillside. It's a tough and beautiful hike to the Sun Mirror; once you're up there, you'll have a fantastic view towards Gaustatoppen and, not least, down to Rjukan Square. The trail is marked, and the elevation difference is 413 meters over 1.5 kilometers.


If you want to make it a round trip, you can continue on to Gvepseborg and take the Krossobanen cable car down.

Foto: Trond Stegarud

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