Hydroelectric power in Rjukan

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 08/07/2022 - 19:49

In Rjukan, everything revolves around electricity, just as we like it :-) The Vemork hydroelectric power station, built in 1911, was the largest in the world at the time and right in town you can see the Såheim hydroelectric power station today.

The Gaustabanen take you up the 1,900 meter high Gaustatoppen. We are lucky, the railways and access have just started seasonal operation and our summit ascent leads first over serpentines to 1170 m, then with railway 1 horizontally 850 meters into the mountain and from there with a funicular at 39° 1050 m wide and 850 meters high.

Once at the top, a grandiose view rewards the adventurous "ascent".

Just outside of Rjukan you can visit the impressive hydroelectric power station Vermork. The original waterfall is guided in pipes.


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Picture 1: Up to the Gaustatoppen railway


Picture 2: With lane 1 horizontally 850 meters into the mountain


Picture 3: With the funicular at 39° 1050 m far and 850 meters high


Picture 4: Views and buildings on the Gaustatoppen


Picture 5: Departure from Gaustatoppen


Picture 6: Hydroelectric power station Såheim in Rjukan


Picture 7: At the Vermork hydroelectric power station


Videos: Train rides at the Gaustatoppen