Shopping and Forest Idyll!
If you enjoy shopping and café visits combined with walks along the river and through beautiful forests, this tour is perfect for you.
|Time (no pause)
|2,7 km round trip
It's family-friendly, an easy round trip, and offers a charming city walk on flat and dry paths, gravel, and asphalt, with resting benches and tables along the way. The trail along the Måna river and through the city streets is suitable for those walking with strollers. The tour starts at the tourist office on Torget in Rjukan.
- Starting Point: You begin the tour at Torget in Rjukan, near the tourist information center. We recommend following the trail along the Måna river and up to Rallarparken and Sam Eydesgate, just below Admini.
- Then, you follow Sam Eydes gate to Folkets hus (the cinema building), where you enter Storstulgata.
- From there, you proceed into Storgata, via Bøensgata, and into Skriugata.
- At the end of Skriugata, you ascend the stone staircase that leads you to Kjærlighetsstien (the Love Path).
- Now, you enter the Vestfjorddalen Nature Reserve.
- If you desire an extra challenge, you can take the steep but short path on the mountainside from Kjærlighetsstien up to the soapstone quarry (look for a separate sign along the trail).
- At the end of Kjærlighetsstien, you turn right and descend the staircase on the slope near Rjukan Hospital.
- From there, you follow Sykehusvegen downhill, passing Rjukan Church, crossing the pedestrian crossing on Sam Eydes gate, and reaching the Måna river.
- After the dam structure, you turn right, and you will be back at Torget.
How to Get Here:
- Drive to Rjukan city center and park at Torget (free parking).
Your Own City Guide on Mobile:
In Rjukan city, you will find seven points where you can listen to the history of Rjukan on your mobile device. Several of these points are located along the city walk round trip. Here, you will hear the stories behind some of the beautiful buildings and architecture you encounter along the way.
The Industrial City of Rjukan:
In the narrow valley with challenging living conditions, the majority of the population emigrated to America in the 19th century. However, where others saw problems, the entrepreneur and engineer Sam Eyde saw opportunities. He was captivated by the beauty of Rjukanfossen (Rjukan Falls), but also by the potential to harness the power of the waterfall. In collaboration with scientist Kristian Birkeland, Sam Eyde built an industrial adventure using air and water: Norsk Hydro.
Architecture Full of Power
Rjukan became an industrial city with a thoroughly planned structure and architecture. The power station was the heart of the industrial development. In 1915, the Såheim power station was completed and ready to generate energy. This monumental building was constructed manually by the "Rallaren" workers. Locally, Såheim was nicknamed "the opera" because of the intense singing sound produced by the turbines, which was like sweet music to Sam Eyde's ears.
See Beautiful Buildings on the City Walk
Såheim is one of the beautiful buildings you can see on the city walk in Rjukan. Hydro's representative residence, Admini, is another notable building.
Terrain: Asphalt, gravel, trail
Season: April - November