Mountains and exciting museum visits

History of the heavy water

Drive from Vrådal via Brunkeberg to Morgedal, “The cradle of modern skiing”. Here you can visit Norwegian Skimuseum which showcasts the history of modern skiing through pictures, exhibits and film. The museum has a souvenir shop and café.

Continue west to Åmot in Vinje and from there to Rauland and over a mountain pass (highest point 1050 meters above sea level) to Skinnarbu with a grand view of the mountain plateau Hardangerviddas.
Follow the road down the steep Vestfjorddalen and make a stop at the first tunnel to take a look down the gorge Maristijuvet.

Shortly after you will reach Vemork, the site of the Norwegian industrial worker’s museum. The museum is in the old power station, known for the heavy water sabotage in 1943. You can see exhibits and information about the second world war, and not least, see a film about the heavy water sabotage. The museum has a café. We recommend buying “Vemorkpakke” that includes a guided tour and lunch.
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From Vemork continue on towards Rjukan. If you have the time, we would recommed a trip with the cable car “Krossobanen”.

Continue through Rjukan, which Sam Eyde built from the ground up when he started Norsk Hydroelektriske Kvælstoffcompagnie (Norsk Hydro).

The foot of Gaustatoppen – the highest moutain in Telemark (1883 meters above sea level) is our next stop. You can take a tram to the top of the moutain inside the moutain and from the top you can se 1/6 of Norway on clear days.
Continue through Tuddal (know for folk artist Knut Buen) to Sauland.

The trips continues west towards Seljord, the largest commercial centre in the region, and further via Brunkeberg to Vrådal.

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Norwegian skimuseum
Heavy water sabotage
Heavy water sabotage