The wartime history; the sabotage and subsequent aerial bombing of Vemork and eventual sinking of the ferry Tinn, carrying heavy water for nuclear research and development for Nazi-Germany, is at the Vemork site of upper Rjukan. A bit of a walk up from town if you are not a hiker. The " Museum of Industrial Workers" - Industriarbeidermuseet - is occupying the old Vemork Hydropower plant. The heavy water production building is gone by bombing and industrial restructuring, and the hydropower plant is as clos as you can come. The museum contains a wartime history section with posters, photos and various exhibits. There is frequent screening of a semi-documentary film depicting the sabotage and interviews with the "heroes of Telemark". outside trails, exhibits, memorials will lead you through the trails of the saboteurs. Books, films etc are for sale in the museum shop. There is a cafe as well. Check out the large hydopower machine/turbine/generator hall, and some temporary exhibits as well as an exhibit on modern hyd-el development and energy saving devices. A permanent exhibit is deveoted to the evolution of the Norwegian industry worker's life. There is also art exhibition and events being put on.
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Occasionally , the pub puts on live music and other events.
The Krossobanen gondola lift was a gift from the Industrical concern Norsk Hydro to the population of Rjukan. The purpose was primarily to be able to "airlift" locals so that they would see the sun during the darkest months of the year.
The lift brings you up to a place called Gvepseborg (small cafe) and there extends a set of well-marked and easy tracks and trails.
There is a trail named "Sun Trail", and access to the "Saboteaur Trail" and numerous others. If you continue up the road, turn right at the first divide, you will soon be above the tree line and on the mountain plateau proper.
At Bövertun camping there was a little waterfall at the west mountainside.. Roffe put earplugs in his ears to be able to sleep in spite of the noice... And consequently he did not wake himself when he began his nightly serenade of hideous snoring.. ;-)
And to avoid the summernight light he used his trusty cap... ;-)